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Garth Brooks: That Summer Meaning

Song Released: 1993


That Summer Lyrics

I went to work for her that summer
A teenage kid so far from home
She was a lonely widow woman
Hell-bent to make it on her own
We were a thousand miles from nowhere
Wheat fields as far as I could see
Both needing something from each...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2:07am report


    Garth had sex with his grand mother staying with her one summer away from his parents.



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    anonymous
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    May 25th, 2012 5:02pm report


    It sounds like she was a middle aged widow, late 30s to early 40s, while he was a teenager, most likely 18 or 19 since he was living with and working for her. If you catch that much, you can pretty much get why she slept with him. She's been alone, unwilling to be with another since the loss of her husband, and now feels herself attracted to this young man that is by her side all day working. and then the whole hands of leather thing is because she's been working hard since her husband's death to make it on her own, as the song says, not because she's old and wrinkly. there was no rape, no molestation, simply two people, brought together by business,that found physical, passionate love in each other. So stop bein perverted and enjoy the song. morons.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 1st, 2012 2:09pm report


    I hate how people say she raped him or molested him....he was probably over the age of 18. This is an amazing sing that tackles a huge subject. if ya'll hate it listen to something else. although you'll find other songs tackling this issues. just saying



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2011 5:02pm report


    It never says she was an old woman. She could have been a wife of an deceased soldier or something--you never know.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 4th, 2011 1:34pm report


    uhm this is a great song, and you shouldnt think of it as nasty obviously he had feelings for her and yes she was older but so what, it was love.



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    k_elly
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    Sep 24th, 2010 9:40am report


    this songs about an old lady (a widow) having sex with a teenage boy. he went to work for her and they end up having a relationship. she came into his room one night and he could tell she was horny so he had sex with her. 'burning both ends of the night' means that they did it all night long. 'her hands of leather' means that she was really old, like how old people have leathery skin. i loved that song until i learned what it was about. gross.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 3rd, 2010 3:44pm report


    Whenever I hear this beautiful song, I think of the things that are found in summertime -- sun, relaxation, and cooling off.

    I went to work for her that summer
    A teenage kid so far from home
    She was a lonely widow woman
    Hell-bent to make it on her own

    We were a thousand miles from nowhere
    Wheat fields as far as I could see
    Both needing something from each other
    Not knowing yet what that might be

    'Til she came to me one evening
    Hot cup of coffee and a smile
    In a dress that I was certain
    She hadn't worn in quite a while

    There was a difference in her laughter
    There was a softness in her eyes
    And on the air there was a hunger
    Even a boy could recognize

    This song is about a teenage boy who finds work with a lonely widowed woman, as well as friendship.

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Raging in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    This means that the boy could tell the woman wanted romance and passion, like any other woman does.

    That summer wind was all around me
    Nothing between us but the night
    When I told her that I'd never
    She softly whispered that's alright
    And then I watched her hands of leather
    Turn to velvet in a touch
    There's never been another summer
    When I have ever learned so much

    That night, the woman teaches the boy what love and passion usually are interpreted to be.

    We had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Raging in each others eyes
    We had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    Then it jumps to possibly months later, when the woman has either passed away or moved on, and the boy, now a man, thinks about what happened between them, and now he hasn't held anybody else, when their face isn't seen.

    I often think about that summer
    The sweat, the moonlight and the lace
    And I have rarely held another
    When I haven't seen her face
    And every time I pass a wheat field
    And watch it dancing with the wind
    Although I know it isn't real
    I just can't help but feel
    Her hungry arms again

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Raging in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    Rushing in long in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burnin' both ends of the night

    This is a wonderful song to listen to. I like it.



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    amorrell14
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    Jun 17th, 2009 6:22pm report


    She molested him.




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