My Own Summer (Shove It)

Album: Around The Fur (1997)
Charted: 29


  • This is the biggest hit for the Deftones, who released their first album in 1995 and spent time opening for Ozzy Osbourne and Korn. It's one of their few songs to get airplay on MTV and radio.
  • Some lyric analysis:

    "Cloud come shove the sun aside" - sadness against happiness.

    "And no sun in my summer" - The bad luck of being sad and poor in this world.

    "There are no crowds in the streets" - Loneliness caused by social discrimination.

    "The shade is a tool, a device, a savior" - Living in the shade is a solution to get far away from this.

    "I try and look up to the sky, but my eyes burn" - Someone wants to bring us down everyday.

    "Shove It" - These people don't care for anyone but themselves. These people are the "sky" (because they've got the cash), and when we try to get next to them, we want to return to our shade and just say, "Shove It." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kristie - Sydney, Australia, for above 2
  • According to, this was written in Seattle during the hot summer of 1994. Trapped inside of his room by the heat and sun, Chino Moreno boarded up his windows with aluminum foil and wished for "An apocalyptic-type thing" where all of the people on the streets would disappear and the sun would go away. He called this dream world "his own summer," which is where the song title comes from. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sam - Champaign, IL
  • The video features a great white shark. Chino Moreno told NME: "I paid the bill for the director to go to Australia to collect footage to put in the video. The actual sharks in the video were mechanical except the footage they Cgied in at the end."

Comments: 13

  • Grezisek from PolandFor me he asks for help. "Tell me when it's over", "guide me to shelter". Whole "Come, shove the sun aside" is kind of prayer. After that he sings that none of it came true. He wanted his "own summer" without people and feeling of burn but "big" one didnt listen. Then he asks for help "the shade" because God is only moving his tongue so the shade appeared to be his next potential savior. He said it straight "see, I tried and looked up" and it was not working while shade could be used almost like tool/device, when he needed.
  • Jon from PennsylvaniaThis song has such an incredible depth. I know there are so many ways to interpret it but here's mine: To me this song is about depression and karma. "The clouds come and shove the sun aside"; how we feel when we are depressed, messed up in life, lost something meaningful. "No sun in my summer" is just a metaphor for being depressed and feeling alone. "Hey you, big star, tell me when it's over" is like looking up at the universe and asking God when will this feeling go away. "I think god is moving it's tongue
    There's no crowd in the streets And no sun in my own summer" refers to karma (god moving his tongue), and whatever he did has left him all alone and depressed. It's his "own" summer. Everyone is out enjoying the summer, while his is a sad, dark and lonely one without sun. "I try and look up to the sky, but my eyes burn" means he wants to heal/change/get out of the state he's in, but he's just being burned by God and has to wait for the karma to take it's course. "The shade is a tool a device a savior" the shade is a way for him to feel alright - to get away from the burning heat (God's punishment), and in the long run, it's his savior - he must feel remorse and take the time to heal and learn from his mistakes.

    That's just my take on it, hope someone could relate :)
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjWhen I listen to it I get the impression that the person just wants to be alone. At least that's how I relate to it. Everyone seems to think that social interaction is so great, and it Is, but alone time is necessary too. Everyone needs a good balance of social interaction and alone time, for some it's 50%-50%, for some it's 20%-80%, so on. It seems the person in question is more of a loner than most people. OR he could just be so sick of people bothering him all the time that he wants everyone to disappear. And be the only one on Earth. Remember, summer is the time where EVERYONE is out playing and socializing and most people love it, it's fun for them. But what's fun for this guy is to be alone and not be bothered.
  • Jesse from Waco, TxIn a Interview Chino said that he would stay up all night writing and recording, which lead to sleeping all day so he covered all his windows with foil and the lyrics "See, i try and look up to the sky,but my eyes burn" was becouse he would look outside and the sun would be so bright it hurt his eyes and to him the sun was a savior, a dream, a desire, he wanted the clouds to hid the brightness so he could step out from the Darkness of his home
  • Jeremy from Cedar City, UtThis song is about drugs," See I try,and look up, to the sky, but my eyes burn (cloud)" He can't quit the drugs. The one line that gives it away is " come shove it asid" were it makes you want to say " come shove the drugs aside"
  • Brady from Suffolk, NyI believe this song is Chino reflecting upon religion.
    "The shade is a tool, a device, a savior
    See, i try and look up to the sky
    But my eyes burn."

    Everytime he looks to god and tries to figure it all out. His eyes burn (Gets hurt because religion is a fraud) and religion is like shade because it shelters us from the truth. the sun is god and shade saves us from the sad truth.
  • Steph from Melbourne, AustraliaI think when the two hits the six means (going back to the clock thing) 6:30. Two hands are on the 6. The sun rises at 6:30. That's when Chino says he is through, and he wants to find shelter. That's when summer starts.
  • Josh from Ogden, Utwhat does this line mean?~~ Cause i'm through when the two hits the six and it's summer..
  • Mikey from Superior, Wii think u don't need to look that deeply to see what this song is about. Its really simple. its friggin hot out and the weather(gods) are controlling everyone(lack of a croud)His own summer wouldn't have a sun so then he'd be able to go outside and do somthing without being controlled by the weather...
  • Tim from Pittsburgh, PaSame here.
  • Jim from Hartford, Ctawesome song....this is what got me into the deftones
  • Abbes from Windsor, CanadaYes, yes i do.
  • Adrian from Newcastle, Australiathis song is a good way of describing, to tell people 2 f**k off and leave me alone its my life and i can do wat i want,,, becaoz dont u just get sick of people telling u want to do in life?
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