What does Summer in the City mean?

Regina Spektor: Summer in the City Meaning

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Summer in the City Lyrics

Summer in the city means cleavage cleavage cleavage
And I start to miss you, baby, sometimes
I've been staying up and drinking in a late night establishment
Telling strangers personal things

Summer in the city, I'm so lonely lonely lonely
So I...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2020 !⃝

    It's the feelings of summertime in the hot city.. Going to a cool bar to drink and saying too much, to strangers.. those summer flings past or present and in general remembering, remeniscing...

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2018 !⃝

    I am so curious what this one is about. The fact that she cites the thoughts of someone in love with a woman while she herself has never (that I know of) outed herself as bisexual would suggest that she is quoting someone else's words or thoughts. My idea is that she either (1) complains about the nonchalance with which a woman's lover shrugs off the extent to which he misses her ("miss you, baby, sometimes", "in general I think I've done quite fine", "did feel like coming, but I also felt like crying, and it doesn't seem so worth it right now" - this last one could also be the woman explaining why she doubted her desire to make an effort to get back to her lover) and becomes somewhat misguided in their social conduct (possibly forcing their company onto strangers while "drinking in late-night establishments", tipping strangers on the shoulder). But it could also be (2) that the woman recognises that lover's behaviour and appreciates that in her presence the lover would be more cordial, but they regresses to a more simple behaviour, due to their hopelessness, and lack of drive, while missing the longed-for presence of their loved one.

    I might be completely off, but then I wouldn't understand the connection between some of the lines.

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