MIDSUMMER (2007)


(Verse 1a)

When school is finally out
We get into our cars and head off
Into the sunset
Days of questions
Troubling and unsett(ling)
Wondering what it’s all about?

(Verse 1b)

But it’s only
Midsummer
The longest day of the year
Spring is a season of want
(Of) awakening and possibility
When a dish of chicken picante
(Could) stand as an edict in destiny
When a stint in the city
(Was a) time of growth and dreams and scandal
Birthday cakes had fewer candles
Now you’re older
(And) you’ve got more answers
(Than) you can handle

(Chorus)

But it’s only
Midsummer
(And the) hottest days are still ahead

(Verse 2a)

Now, every lengthening day
Leaves you feeling never so weary
Never so in woe
Ruts and routines
Fireworks have been so (distant)
Wondering why they went away

(Chorus)

But it’s only
Midsummer
(And the) hottest days are still ahead

(Bridge)

You can count the fireflies
As they blaze and disappear
You can’t even start to count
Your future souvenirs
Spring is behind us
It’s only halfway through the year

(Verse 3a)

I only dream when awake
I watch you and I am amazed
(And) know not what to say
Solving riddles
All the dragons you slay (always)
Wondering how much you can take?

(Verse 3b)

But it’s only
Midsummer
The longest day of the year
So the days will grow short
(The) apprentice will become the mentor
I am pleased to report
Middle children always find the center
So we’ll raise the children
Watch them fly off insecurely
Face our future years unsurely
We’ll have memories
But let’s not have them
Prematurely

(Chorus)

But it’s only
Midsummer
(And the) hottest days are still ahead
And that’s not all
(Cause) I’ll still be here in the fall…

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This was written for my wife on her 40th birthday. The play "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" has a special meaning for us, and since 40 was roughly the "midpoint" of a life, I took that as my title. Also her birthday occurs very close to Midsummer Day.

There are a lot of personal references in here but I hope the lyric holds up even without knowing every single one. (And there’s a quote from Midsummer Night’s Dream embedded in each verse)

I’m indebted to Ian Ferrin for taking my melody and chords and creating the piano accompaniment. And yes, that’s me singing roughly, in a very cheap microphone.

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