This song always makes me cry. When it was on the air in 85-86 I was a listener at the Southern California AIDS Hotline. It was a terrifying time, when we really had nothing to offer people, as effective treatments were still out of sight. I came to associate the song’s “boys of summer” who were gone with all the beautiful men we lost to that fucking disease. And a line like, “Those days are gone forever, I should just let ’em go, but…” Shit, it’s done it to me again.
Thank you for sharing that, Steven. I never know what a song or a piece of music may mean to readers, and I am mindful that certain pieces can have meaning that no one else can comprehend.
A nice response, thank you. I admit I’m pretty weepy these days. My partner of forty years died just a few months ago, which means it’s still pretty fresh. The tears can come at any time….
My condolences to you, Steven, and I hope this little blog provides some solace and diversion if needed.
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