Ten Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs for Summer
Sit back, relax and get your strum on!
“The Boys of Summer” – Don Henley
For some reason I have America and the Eagles in my head when I think of summer.
And that lead’s me to Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” which was released in 1984.
The lyrics were written by Henley and music was composed by Henley and Mike Campbell.
It is the lead track and first single from Henley's album Building the Perfect Beast and reached the top five in the United States as well as the top position on the Top Rock Tracks chart and number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.
In a 1987 interview with Rolling Stone, Henley explained that the song is more about aging and questioning the past—a recurring theme in Henley's lyrics.
In 1986, Henley won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song.
I remember hearing this song for the first time way back when. The distinct riff and the interaction of the melody and lyric caught me right away.
It’s super easy. Check it out.
Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air, the summer's out of reach.
Empty lake, empty streets, the sun goes down alone.
I'm driving by your house, though I know your not home.
But I can see you, your brown skin shining in the sun.
You got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby.
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone.
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