That Summer

Album: The Chase (1992)
  • I went to work for her that summer
    A teenage kid so far from home
    She was a lonely widow woman
    Hell bent to make it on her own
    We were a thousand miles from nowhere
    Wheat fields as far as I could see
    Both needing something from each other
    Not knowing yet what that might be
    'Til she came to me one evening
    Hot cup of coffee and a smile
    In a dress that I was certain

    She hadn't worn in quite a while
    There was a difference in her laughter
    There was a softness in her eyes
    And on the air there was a hunger
    Even a boy could recognize
    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Raging in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright

    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Out where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night
    That summer wind was all around me
    Nothing between us but the night
    When I told her that I'd never
    She softly whispered "That's alright"
    And then I watched her hands of leather
    Turn to velvet in a touch
    There's never been another summer
    When I have ever learned so much

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Raging in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Out where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night
    I often think about that summer
    The sweat, the moonlight and the lace

    And I have rarely held another
    When I haven't seen her face
    And every time I pass a wheat field
    And watch it dancing with the wind
    Although I know it isn't real
    I swear inside I feel
    Her hungry arms again
    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder

    Raging in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Out where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night
    Rushing in long in the wind
    Out where only dreams have been
    Burnin' both ends of the night Writer/s: Patrick Alger, Sandy Mahl, Troyal Brooks
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Shannon from Oakdale I felt so weird hearing this song tonight. If it were opposite, it would be so bad!
  • Tracy French from OregonIt's actually about Garth and his ex wife and mother of his children. She even helped write it..
  • Catherine from OklahomaI HATE when this song comes on. I feel it is a very poor tasteful song, where an older woman takes advantage of a younger child and it’s disgusting. Worst song I think he’s ever written! Makes me want to puke. He can’t say it was about a senior and he was a junior - her hands of leather. Maybe a senior citizen and that’s disturbing. If he was my child I would have to go kick some old lady ass for molesting my child.
  • Veronica from TexasI wish stations would quit playing this song! It’s gross and about an old lady taking advantage of a child!!
  • Jeff from MnThat is not the correct use of the word paradox.
  • Amanda from Grand Rapids, MiProbably one of my favorite Garth Brooks songs.
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