A Nod and a Don

Water is appearing in Perth skies in mid-October, so obviously the citizenry has to some degree been losing its collective shit. This parody of the 1984 Don Henley song Boys of Summer, is my tribute to the stoic resolve of those motorcyclists who are compelled to ride in wintery conditions, by either circumstance or sheer madness.  In lieu of a salute – not the appropriate manoeuvre while riding – I offer that powerfully succinct gesture which seeks to unite us in our times of peak anonymity: *nods*

Toys of Summer
Silent drizzle from the dark sky
Sprayed at me from cars
A chill in the air
And in gore-tex and kevlar
Mild headwinds, slippery roads,
Cagers brake too soon
A droplet finds it way in
What the hell am I doing?

Then I see you
Your headlight peerin’ through the grey
You got your high beam on and that’s okay, baby
And I can tell you, your nod makes me feel less alone
Now that the toys of summer have gone

I never will forget that ride
How many k’s in all?
Remember who I shadowed there?
Remember how my own bike stalled?
Now I can understand
Why some won’t come to play,
But babe I’m gonna be out there
A few clouds won’t scare me away

Then I see you
The rain beads on your leather
I see you grit your teeth through
This fkn weather
I can tell you, the sight of you makes me feel strong
After the toys of summer have gone

Out on the road today I saw a first aid sticker on a four-wheel drive
A little voice inside my head said, “Heed that omen to stay alive.”
I thought I had common sense – what would I know?
The road whispers my name and off I go

Then I see you
At the Give Way sign
The rain briefly clears making
Everything shine, baby
And I can tell you your nod puts me back in the zone
After the toys of summer have gone

Then I see you
Your headlight peerin’ through the grey
You got your high beam on and
That’s okay, baby
And I can tell you, your nod has got me going strong
Now that the toys of summer have gone

Footnotes: cager = term used by motorcyclists and cyclists to denote the driver of a four-wheeled motor vehicle. Gore-Tex and Kevlar are trademarks (of products designed to prevent, respectively, water saturation and death by gravel-rash).

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