Is there a better country song about a steamy summer romance than "That Summer" by Garth Brooks?

Co-written by Garth Brooks, his wife at the time Sandy Mahl, and guitaristPat Alger, the song was released as Brooks" final single on this 1993 albumThe Chase. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.




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On the 1996 television special,The Garth Brooks Story, Brooks" tells the story behind the song:

""That Summer" started out as a single guy and a married woman meeting at a party. The married woman was being ignored by whom she was with and they snuck off together. Allen Reynolds told me, "Man, I just don"t find myself pulling for these characters. It doesn"t seem innocently cool." I was thinking that he was right. Going home that night in the truck I started singing she has a need to feel the thunder. Sandy started helping me write the chorus and we got done. Probably one of the neat things that I love about That Summer is that I think the song is very sexy."

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"That Summer" can be found on any playlist of Garth Brooks songs, next to hits like "Beaches of Cheyenne," "Friends in Low Places," "If Tomorrow Never Comes," "Unanswered Prayers," and "The River."

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"That Summer" Lyrics:

I went to work for her that summerA teenage kid so far from homeShe was a lonely widowed womanHell-bent to make it on her ownWe were a thousand miles from nowhereWheatfields as far as I could seeBoth needing something from each otherNot knowing yet what that might be


"Til she came to me one eveningHot cup of coffee and a smileIn a dress that I was certainShe hadn"t worn in quite a whileThere was a difference in her laughterThere was a softness in her eyesAnd on the air there was a hungerEven a boy could recognize

She had a need to feel the thunderTo chase the lightning from the skyTo watch a storm with all its wonderRaging in her lover"s eyesShe had to ride the heat of passionLike a comet burning brightRushing headlong in the windOut where only dreams have beenBurning both ends of the night

That summerwind was all around meNothing between us but the nightWhen I told her that I"d neverShe softly whispered that"s alrightAnd then I watched her hands of leatherTurn to velvet in a touchThere"s never been another summerWhen I have ever learned so much

We had a need to feel the thunderTo chase the lightning from the skyTo watch a storm with all its wonderRaging in each others eyesWe had to ride the heat of passionLike a comet burning brightRushing headlong in the windOut where only dreams have beenBurning both ends of the night




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I often think about that summerThe sweat, the moonlight and the laceAnd I have rarely held anotherWhen I haven"t seen her faceAnd every time I pass a wheat fieldAnd watch it dancing with the windAlthough I know it isn"t realI just can"t help but feelHer hungry arms again


She had a need to feel the thunderTo chase the lightning from the skyTo watch a storm with all its wonderRaging in her lover"s eyesShe had to ride the heat of passionLike a comet burning brightRushing headlong in the windOut where only dreams have beenBurning both ends of the night

Rushing in long in the windOut where only dreams have beenBurnin" both ends of the night