GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES

Album version

Well the streetlights shine
Down on Blessing Avenue
Lovers they walk by
Holding hands two by two
A breeze crosses the porch
Bicycle spokes spin 'round
Jacket's on, I'm out the door
Tonight I'm gonna burn this town down

And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Pass me by

A kid's rubber ball smacks
Off the gutter 'neath the lamp light
Big bank clock chimes
Off go the sleepy front porch lights
Downtown the stores alight
As the evening's underway
Things been a little tight
But I know they're gonna turn my way

And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Pass me by

Frankie's Diner's
An old friend on the edge of town
The neon sign spinning round
Like a cross over the lost and found
The fluorescent lights
Flick above Pop's Grill
Shaniqua brings a coffee and asks "fill?"
And says "penny for your thoughts now my boy, Bill"

She went away
She cut me like a knife
Hello beautiful thing
Maybe you could save my life

In just a glance
Down here on Magic Street
Love's a fool's dance
I ain't got much sense but I still got my feet

And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Pass me by

And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Pass me by

La la la la, la la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la la
[fades]


Page last updated: 05 Oct 2013

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES is the sixth track and the second single from his 2007 album Magic.

The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES as released on Magic.

Composition and Recording

It's unknown when exactly GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was written, but the song was recorded during the Magic recording sessions which took place between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. The song features a string section consisting of Kenn Wagner (violin), Jay Christy (violin), Justin Bruns (violin), William Pu (violin), Cristopher Pulgram (violin), John Meisner (violin), Olga Shpitko (violin), Sheela Lyengar (violin), Tania Maxwell Clements (viola), Amy Chang (viola), Lachlan McBane (viola), Karen Freer (cello), Daniel Laufer (cello), and Charae Kruege (cello). Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and/or tack piano

"I was interested in having a song where you get this classic image of late summer, light on, in a small American town," Springsteen told The Sunday Times' Dan Cairns, "and it's perfect in a way that only occurs in pop songs – when the air is just right, where the sun's sitting a certain way."

Manager Jon Landau told Rolling Stone that the track has a "little bit of a [Beach Boys' classic album] Pet Sounds-type feeling mixed in with the sound of the E Street Band."

A "Winter Mix" of the song was released in November 2007. It featured a single (not doubled) Springsteen vocal track, some added or enhanced percussion parts, and similar small changes. This remix clocks at 4:25, four seconds longer than the album version.

Music Video

The music video for GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was directed by Mark Pellington and uses the song's "Winter Mix". Filmed in mid-November 2007 in Ocean Grove, NJ, it showed girls and women of various ages, interspersed with shots of Springsteen strumming his vintage Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. The backing E Street Band was not portrayed at all. Parts of the video mirrored the song's imagery, especially the diner scene.

Single Release and Reception

The "Winter Mix" of GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was originally issued for radio airplay in November 2007. A digital EP was on 15 Jan 2008 exclusively on iTunes. The EP consisted of two audio tracks (the "Winter Mix" and a "Live Version" compiled from several recordings of the song from 2007 concerts) and an accompanying music video (see above secion). This was the music video's debut. The EP was released on Amazon and other online stores on 29 Jan 2008.

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GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES, both the album version and the "Winter Mix", was issued on CD-R for promotional purposes worldwide.

Bruce Springsteen -- Girls in Their Summer Clothes

CD-R single - Columbia (88697 20478 2) - USA, 2007

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Winter Mix]
02- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Album Version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Girls in Their Summer Clothes

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalogue number) - UK, 2007

1-track promotional single, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with title inlay.

01- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Album Version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Girls in Their Summer Clothes

CD-R single - Sony/BMG (no catalogue number) - Holland, 2007

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Winter Mix]
Bruce Springsteen -- Girls in Their Summer Clothes

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalogue number) - France, 2007

1-track promotional single, comes in a stickered cardbaord sleeve.

01- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Winter Mix]
02- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Album Version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Girls in Their Summer Clothes

CD-R single - Sony Music (no catalogue number) - Japan, 2007

1-track promotional single, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Winter Mix]
02- GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Album Version]

The release achieved minor chartal success, reaching positions 95 on the Billboard Hot 100, 67 on the Pop 100, and 62 on Hot Digital Songs.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
USA Billboard Hot 100 95 1
USA Pop 100 67
USA Hot Digital Songs 62

GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was nominated for two 2009 Grammy Awards, Best Rock Song and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. It won the former and lost the latter. The primary awards ceremony took place on 08 Feb 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, and was televised in the United States on CBS. Springsteen didn't attend the awards ceremony. He later commented, "I didn't even know I was up for a Grammy!... I opened the newspaper on Monday [09 Feb 2009] and saw that I had won, and thought, 'Well, that's great!'"

Magic

Magic is Bruce Springsteen's fifteenth studio album. It was released on 02 Oct 2007 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 16 Aug 2007. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA.

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Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to win. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's eighth number one album in the U.S. and selling about 335,000 copies in its first week. In addition to the U.S., Magic peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK.

The album features 12 new Bruce Springsteen compositions and clocks at 50:48. The twelfth track is bonus hidden track that was added to the album two weeks after the album was announced.

Magic track list:

  1. RADIO NOWHERE
  2. YOU'LL BE COMIN' DOWN
  3. LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE
  4. YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY
  5. GYPSY BIKER
  6. GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES
  7. I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE
  8. MAGIC
  9. LAST TO DIE
  10. LONG WALK HOME
  11. DEVIL'S ARCADE
  12. TERRY'S SONG [hidden track]

The album is also available as a vinyl record.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on Magic and on promotional CDR singles, GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was also included on a promo-only various artists sampler in 2008.

Various artists -- Record Store Day: April 19, 2008

LP - Sony/BMG (88697291751) - USA, 2008

12-track various artists sampler given as a freebie with the purchase of any Columbia, Epic, or Legacy vinyl LP at participating independent record stores in North America and Europe during the first "Record Store Day" campaign on 19 April 2008.

Live History

In preparation for the Magic Tour, GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was performed during two of the tour's three public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park and East Rutherford. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least 3 of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg, and during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in February 2008 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second U.S. leg.

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GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was performed 65 times during the 100-date-long Magic Tour, including all but one of the 2007 dates.

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Since 2002, Springsteen has been playing private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was performed at one of these fundraisers, on 13 May 2008 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

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GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was performed 4 times during the 83-date-long Working On A Dream Tour, all in less than a month's period. Jay Weinberg substituted for his father on drums on two of these performances.

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GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES was performed three times during the 133-date-long Wrecking Ball Tour.

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Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES, including:


Doc Walker -- Go

CD - Open Road (unknown catalogue number) - Canada, 2009

Various artists -- "Girls In Their Summer Clothes / If I Should Fall Behind"

7-inch single - Where It's At Is Where You Are (wiaiwya35) - UK, 2009

Side A: GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES [Darren Hayman]
Side B: IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [The Wave Pictures]

Includes a bonus Bruce Springsteen tribute album titled "Play Some Pool". The free CD contains 10 Springsteen songs recorded by The Wave Pictures.

Heinrich Müller -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Nation / Carusounds (NB0325) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Catch This Beat -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Talking Clive (unknown catalogue number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Credits / References

Thanks Rick Holeman, Ugo C, Sanjiv, Ian Parish, Alberto Piedrabuena, Mark, Logan, Christian, Silvio, Ravn, and Jimmy Peterson for the lyrics corrections.

Info about the various artists LP is taken from Lost In The Flood.

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