The Things We Did Last Summer
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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The boat rides we would take, the moonlight on the lake
The way we danced and hummed our favorite song
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

The midway and the fun, the kewpie dolls we won
The bell I rang to prove that I was strong
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long
The early morning hike, the rented tandem bike
The lunches that we used to pack
We never could explain that sudden summer rain
The looks we got when we got back

The leaves began to fade like promises we made
How could a love that seemed so right go wrong?
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

I've tried so to forget, at times I do, and yet




The memory of you lingers like our song
The things we did last summer, I'll remember all winter long

Overall Meaning

In this song, Frank Sinatra reminisces about the happy moments of a summer romance that has now ended. He talks about the activities they used to do - boat rides on the lake, dancing to their favorite song, winning kewpie dolls at the midway, and proving his strength by ringing the bell. These moments were so special and joyous that he vows to remember them all winter long. Even the mundane things like early morning hikes and packing lunches with his lover have become memories that he cherishes.


But despite all the memories, the relationship did not last. As the leaves begin to fade and promises the couple made to each other shatter, Sinatra wonders how a love that felt so right could go wrong. He has tried to forget, and sometimes he succeeds, but the memory of his lover and their summer adventures lingers on. The song is a bittersweet reminder of a love that was once strong but has now come to an end.


Line by Line Meaning

The boat rides we would take, the moonlight on the lake
Our romantic boat rides under the moonlight are etched in my memory.


The way we danced and hummed our favorite song
We shared a special connection as we danced and hummed our favorite tune.


The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long
Our summer memories are so precious that I'll hold on to them through the cold winter months.


The midway and the fun, the kewpie dolls we won
We had a blast at the carnival and proudly displayed our kewpie dolls.


The bell I rang to prove that I was strong
I felt strong and confident as I rang the victory bell.


The early morning hike, the rented tandem bike
We enjoyed exploring the outdoors and rented a tandem bike for some extra fun.


The lunches that we used to pack
We took the time to pack special lunches to enjoy on our adventures.


We never could explain that sudden summer rain
We couldn't understand why fate brought a sudden summer rain, but it didn't damper our spirits.


The looks we got when we got back
We received curious looks upon our return, perhaps wondering where we had been or what adventures we had.


The leaves began to fade like promises we made
Just as the leaves of autumn began to fade, so did the promises we made to each other.


How could a love that seemed so right go wrong?
It's hard to understand how a love that felt so perfect could end up going wrong.


I've tried so to forget, at times I do, and yet
I've tried my best to forget, and sometimes I succeed, but thoughts of you keep coming back.


The memory of you lingers like our song
You are like a haunting melody that sticks with me wherever I go.


The things we did last summer, I'll remember all winter long
Our summer memories were so special that they'll stay with me no matter how long the winter lasts.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., IMAGEM MUSIC INC
Written by: JULE STYNE, SAMMY CAHN

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@coryward9537

the best singer ever imo. thank you Frankie and all who ever made such beautiful music with him RIP

@imanim4844

Hearing Frank sing is such a treat

@GhostShip94

This song just breaks my heart.

@louenkleinsmidt

My mom would always sing this around the house. Knew the song even before hearing someone else singing it. Good memories.

@Qrayon

My Dad used to sing this to us on the guitar.  This is the first time I've ever heard Frank Sinatra sing it.  It sounds different from my father (r.i.p.).

@songanddanceman100

Now you have two treasured memories.

@Qrayon

Indeed.

@daughterslayer2308

Rip

@le0uu

2020 and still in love

@ria8977

Didn't know Frank made a cover of this song too. I love both versions 💛

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