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June Afternoon

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Marie: This is a very Per Gessle-ish song… straight, simple, sunny. Per: A summer song, written in the winter. Gessle-ish? Yeah, maybe. Marie: Yes, it’s so much you… perfect for you to sing. Per: Well, in my little world songs like this have always topped the charts. I’ve sent lots of dead simple songs like this to other artists and they all seem to have problems doing them right, especially if they’ve got big voices – whereas I can get away with it – almost. Marie: Almost always. Per: You know, our producer Clarence Öfwerman sometimes jokes about my songs being too much “ice cream and balloons”, too jolly and lightweight – but this is actually the first the Roxette song to include both “ice cream” and “balloons” in the lyrics. A nice first.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

Recorded with members of Gyllene Tider, “June Afternoon” was the planned centrepiece on Per’s upcoming solo album The World According to Gessle. But plans were changed and this cheerful ode to endless summer was picked as a single off Roxette’s 1995 hit collection Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus!. As for the background of the song… well, few people celebrate the concept of summer as religiously as the Swedes (if you’ve lived through one of our winters, you’d know why.) “June Afternoon” was written on a freezing cold day in January 1995.

– The Pop Hits liner notes, 2003

Per: Yea, this is a nice one. Written for The World According to Gessle-album but Marie loved it so it became a Rox-song instead… Good choice, Marie!!

– Roxette Facebook, Sondag, 6 Oktober 2013

Per: One of my favourites. I wrote it for The world according to Gessle-album but it turned into a Rox track instead. Great little video clip by Jonas Åkerlund.

– Roxette Facebook, Dinsdag, 19 November 2013

Weergawes

Per Gessle – Tits & Ass Demo, 17 Julie 1994 4:14

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Roxette – Oorspronklike Weergawe 4:15

Didn’t I tell you everything is possible in this déjà vu?
Try the river boat, the carousel, feed the pigeons, Bar-B-Q
Look at all the people, happy faces all around
Smiling, throwing kisses, busy making lazy sounds

It’s a bright June afternoon, it never gets dark
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun
Get your green green tambourine, let’s play in the park
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun

Some folks are on blankets, slowly daydreaming
and reaching for their food
Let’s go buy an ice-cream and a magazine with an attitude
and put on the cassette, we can pretend that you’re a star
cos life’s so very simple just like la-la-la

It’s a bright June afternoon, it never gets dark
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun
Get your green green tambourine, let’s play in the park
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun

There’s a painter painting his masterpiece
There are some squirrels jumping in the trees
There’s a wide-eyed boy with a red balloon
All my life I’ve longed for this afternoon

It’s a bright June afternoon, it never gets dark
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun
Get your green green tambourine, let’s play in the park
Wah-wah! Here comes the sun

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