Summer ’68 Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

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Summer ’68 (Wright) 5:28

Would you like to say something before you leave
Perhaps you’d care to state exactly how you feel
We said good-bye before we 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, how do you feel, how do you feel?

Not a single word was said, delights still without fears
Occasionally you showed a smile but what was the need
I felt the cold far too soon – the wind of ’95
My friends are lying in the sun, I wish that I was there
Tomorrow brings another town and another girl like you
Have you time before you leave to greet another man
Just you let me know
How do you feel, how do you feel, how do you feel?

Good-bye to you
Charlotte Kringles too
I’ve had enough for one day

01. Atom Heart Mother
02. If
03. Summer ’68
04. Fat Old Sun
05. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast

About the Song

“Summer ’68” is a distinctive track from Pink Floyd’s album “Atom Heart Mother,” released in 1970. Written and sung by the band’s keyboardist, Richard Wright, the song is notable for its bright piano work, lush horn arrangements, and reflective lyrics on the transitory nature of relationships, particularly those formed on the road by touring musicians.

“Summer ’68” from Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother” stands out as a vividly arranged piece that combines the whimsical feel of 60s pop with the band’s progressive rock essence. The song is a Richard Wright creation, reflecting on the fleeting connections and introspective moments of a musician’s life while on tour.

With its catchy melody and harmonious backup vocals, “Summer ’68” takes a more direct approach to songwriting compared to the album’s title track. The brass section adds a layer of grandeur and a touch of nostalgia, hearkening back to the summer love themes popular in the late ’60s.

Lyrically, Wright offers a candid look at the highs and lows of fame and the personal impact of brief romantic encounters. Lines like “How do you feel? How do you feel?” resonate with the emotional aftermath of parting ways. The reflective nature of the song’s text and its juxtaposition with the upbeat music underscore the bittersweet sentiment of remembering a summer gone by.

“Summer ’68” is not only a musical throwback but also a deeply personal account that adds a unique touch to the “Atom Heart Mother” album, showcasing Wright’s songwriting skills within the broader context of Pink Floyd’s evolving sound.

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