Black Summer

from Wisconsin River by Chris Richards

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There were good moments, of course, but I hope I never see another year like 2020.

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A Tennessee tornado
Took out the neighborhood
They closed up all the honkytonks
And now I’m gone for good

The coward found the helpless ones
And slammed them to the floor
Nobody wants to be in this
Black summer anymore

It’s all gone crazy, who knows why?
Maybe there’s a bad moon on the rise
Gotta make it through the winter to the other side
I hope that we can make it with our souls intact
Black summer, don’t ever come back
Black summer, don’t ever come back

So I moved on to higher ground
Along the western shore
Found refuge here in all the places
I had loved before

But the sickness finally found me
Then went looking for more
Nobody wants to be in this
Black summer anymore

It’s all gone crazy, who knows why?
Better wear a mask you better stay inside
Gotta make it through the winter to the other side
I hope that we can make it with our souls intact
Black summer, don’t ever come back
Black summer, don’t ever come back

I thought it might be all a dream
Or maybe a mistake
As I watched the cellphone videos
Of Arbery, Floyd and Blake
I pray this is the last of it
We lock that bloody door
Nobody wants to be in this
Black summer anymore

It’s all gone crazy, who knows why?
Are you coming with, or will you stay behind?
Gotta make it through the winter to the other side
I hope that we can make it with our souls intact
Black summer, don’t ever come back
Black summer, don’t ever come back


© 2020 Chris Richards / White Mare Music (BMI)

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from Wisconsin River, released April 22, 2021

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Chris Richards is a critically acclaimed songwriter and recording artist from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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