They found my best friend in the yard today Hedge clippers and a heart attack I dropped the telephone and I said no way But then I caught the first plane back Everything was smaller than I remember The houses and yards all pushed up together All up and down our old street I could see The ruined castles of our royalty
Escaping prisoners, we were college bound They'll never bring us back alive Passed the city limits without slowing down He'd navigate and I would drive All night to Vegas, stayed out late, got up early In a week we were rich, dating showgirls named Shirley Homesick and sick of home -- it made no sense 'Cause there didn't seem to be much difference
You think you leave a place But it never really goes away It haunts you in the night And wraps around your DNA Just when you think you won't get caught You find it's you that can't let go Of everything that you've been taught There's no forgetting what you think you know
Every few years, he'd make another kid With his first and final wife I tried a couple times, but I never did Manage to build that kind of life He worked in aerospace 'til the day that he retired I worked at every kind of job 'til the day I got fired We traded Christmas cards and birthday calls He climbed the ladder while I climbed the walls
You think you get away so clean Until the moment that you find Memories stick like bubble gum Under your shoe and in your mind You can walk the whole world round your heart But you can never find the way To where the ending meets the start I'll never live to see a sadder day
(No way, there's just no way)
It was so real, I had a dream We were both dressed as superman on Halloween He had a Snickers bar, he took a bite He did not know that it was kryptonite He said "I gotta go now, trick or treat, Long live the King of Summer Street, Long live the King of Summer Street"
We were the kings of everything All we'd survey, everyone we'd meet Just him and me ... We were the kings of summer street We were the kings of summer street We were the kings ...