Summer 99

from by Ben Crane

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The summer of 99 was spent in a van
With a lakeside girl and her wristwatch tan
Four tangled ankles and one back seat
Got mixed up in some mix tapes
Keeping time to the beat

Well they’d drive that bus down the interstate
and wonder if it could all be fate
or if life had just served up some serendipity
Well either way they didn’t care
And it really didn’t matter where
They ended up so long as it was somewhere

And now he’s driving in the front
Yeah she’s lying in the back
He’s turning up the radio
She’s reading Kerouac

He looks in the rear view mirror
Trying to catch her eye
And her smile bounces out
Into the Arizona sky

And he said babe if we drive fast enough
The universe might lose track of us
And forget to stick us somewhere else for a day
So in the harsh light of a Texaco sign
They drank some cheap imported wine
And pooled their cash to fill the tank half-way

She jumped in the front to take the driver’s wheel
And wrapped her hands in the rounded steel
And hell the cold felt good
She forgot the mirrors and hit the gas
Peeling out right there by the overpass
Cause it’s more fun not doing what you should

And now she’s driving in the front
Yeah he’s lying in the back
She’s turning up the radio
He’s reading Kerouac
Oh he looks in the rear-view mirror
Trying to catch her eye
And her smile bounces out into the Arizona sky


from Hay Fever, released April 22, 2011



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