Summer Of John Wayne by Tom McRae

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Tom McRae explains how his song came about: “I’m a big western fan… I bought a box set of John Wayne movies and watched him age in the space of a few days during one hot summer in New York. It was a reminder that we don’t have much time to celebrate or mourn each passing day, so in a city of personal ghosts it’s best to make peace with your past and move on.” Source: SongFacts

Lyrics

A summer of John Wayne
Getting older
Reel after reel
And playing old soldiers
With old wounds
You know how that feels
And a summer of searching
The underworld
An arrow in my heel
And the winding down of days
And the speeding of time won’t change
But I know you say nothing good lasts forever
Some things burn bright
But burn themselves out to embers
And these weather conversations
And small talk
Steal my hours away
And I gave away my best to strangers

Day after day
And the winding down of days
And the speeding of time won’t change
But I know you say
Nothing good lasts forever
Some things burn bright
But burn themselves out to embers
Your love is a cold, cold place my dear
The seasons change those ghosts appear
And every sound is an echo of yesterday
And suddenly I fall through the cracks in time
And I’m standing here with your hand in mine
And I turn around to see you there’s no one there
But I know you say
Nothing good lasts forever
You will forget
But I will always remember, the time