Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Boys of Summer

This is the only Eagles associated song I will ever tolerate; it's an interesting parallel to songs The Descendants, particularly Silly Girl and Hope, all of which lament onof lost love, but Henley represents the regret that comes later in life. Rather than simply obsess over the girl who got away and vow that he's the only one for her, Henley pines for her while also realizing his juvenile foolishness("Don't look back, you can never look back"). Sure, he's still in love with her, but at least he's honest about his behavior, if not necessarily outright self loathing. There's a similar structure in Pulp's Common People(I'll get to that one later); Jarvis starts out berating his supposed love interest about how lower class people live, but as the song builds , he turns inward, revealing his hatred for himself and the way his life turned out. While Milo Ackerman had a whole 20 years or so in front of him during Milo Goes to College 40 something Henley was trapped between the nostalgia of youth and embracing a sad existence as an adult in the bleak year of 1985.

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