• Skils Of Summer

    Music & lyrics by Wire Train

    Original en français

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    I Will Not Fall" during the famous scene where Keanu Reeves learns how to surf in the Point Break1 movie, does it ring any bells? Nope? Well, I would not be surprised if you'd never heard of that great band from San Francisco called Wire Train. They may have toured Europe intensively in the late 1980's and released several albums, sadly, they never made it to the mainstream public as is far-too-often the case with many talented artists. I was fortunate to get to know them and am left with fond memories of good times together, great gigs, and their music left intact — for after all these years, even though all memories fade with time, the magic still works whenever I hear those chiselled guitar riffs and timeless melodies. This French version of the "Skills Of Summer"2 has also been written by vocalist Kevin Hunter (foreground, right) who has lived several years in France. It is not an acurate translation of the original lyrics, but it definitely adds a poetic touch to the song. Talking about foreign languages, incidentally Anders Rundblad, the bassplayer (foreground, left) is Swedish — he loves cats and... Johnny Hallyday3. Oops!

    Ey@el

    L'Adresse de l'été

    There's a elevator here
    Pocket for the rain
    Taking all our hearts
    Across this river
    And back again.
    Making all our crosses
    Clear of all our skeletons

    I can still remember when
    God was first you took on Sunday
    She said
    She said
    Burning candles all around her bed
    She said
    She said
    The end of May
    We will begin again

    It's the skill of summer
    It's the new parade
    In another season it's the work of faith
    Between our harnesses
    And harmony
    It's the skill of summer
    It's the work of faith

    We can burn the billboards advertising lite our lies
    We can bury ourselves in each others eyes
    We can hide our hearts
    Hide our hopes and hide our dreams

    I can still remember when
    God was first you took on Sunday
    She said
    She said
    Burning candles all around her bed
    She said
    She said
    The end of May
    We will begin again

    It's the skill of summer
    It's the new parade
    In another season it's the work of faith
    Between our harnesses
    And harmony
    It's the skill of summer
    It's the work of faith

       

    © Kevin Hunter, 1985

    Endnotes

    1. "I Will Not Fall", Wire Train (1991)
    2. "Skills Of Summer", Wire Train (1985)
    3. ^ Johnny Hallyday is an icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he has been called “the French Elvis”.

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