Thursday, March 18, 2010

Summer '68

Summer '68  5:28
     (written by Richard Wright)

Would you like to say something before you leave?
Perhaps you'd care to state exactly how you feel
We say good-bye before we've said hello
I hardly even like you, I shouldn't care at all
We met just six hours ago, the music was too loud
From your bed I gained a day and lost a bloody year
And I would like to know
How do you feel? (4x)

Not a single word was said, the night stilling our fears
Occasionally you showed a smile, but what was the need?
I felt the cold far too soon in a wind of '95
My friends are lying in the sun, I wish that I was there
Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you
Have you time before you leave to greet another man?
Just to let me know
How do you feel? (4x)

Good-bye to you
Charlotte Kringles dew
I've had enough for one day

One of Rick's best songs, this great tune is highly under-rated. Rick sings and plays piano in this piece, about a one night stand while on the road. The lyrics, which Rick has implied are based on actual events, seem to echo regret and an unexpected concern for the feelings of the girl in question. The singer moves on, but a feeling of loss and tiredness of the rock star routine remains. Rick's feelings in some way seem better and more fully expressed by the surging instrumental theme following the chorus, which sounds as if it might be a synth horn. In the chorus, Rick's voice is processed and distorted, and overlaid several times.

Rick Wright: "My lyrics are really bad and they're not saying anything that's important. A couple of songs I haven't minded being put out in terms of lyrics, like Summer '68. Although I don't think that the lyrics were good, they did at least say something that — I felt — was a real genuine feeling and therefore that's cool."

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  1. the criminally underrated Rick Wright

  2. HOw do you fEEEELLLL aaaahhh yaaaahh

  3. Rick was too self-depreciating, really. I never read that many interviews of him but each time, there is that element. I think these lyrics to Summer '68, which might be about an ephemere encounter between him and a groupie, are actually quite decent. and the music is very good.