Summer playlist: The Girls of Summer

Conversations with seven women from seven summery songs.

Blondie, "Dreaming"

Debbie: Thanks for the cup of tea. I wish you'd figured out that my suit and tie is all an act, that I feel as far away from my dreams as you do. Hope you find yours someday.

Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of This Country"

Tracyanne: It's true, you're better than this city sometimes. I'm not very good at confessions, or at playing the handsome part, but I'll drive you anywhere you need to go.

Young Galaxy, "New Summer"

Catherine: And here I thought I was the fatalist one in this arrangement. So let's end as we began: one last long drive with the windows down and the stereo loud.

Dirty Projectors, "Stillness is the Move"

Amber: How do you know we'll make it? Your psychobabble is so confident, so assured, so why do I feel like this is the last time I'll ever see you?

Katy Perry,"Teenage Dream"

Katy: Your bad punchlines weren't actually that funny; I just wanted to make out with you on the beach. It wasn't real. You probably deserved better.

La Roux, "Uptight Downtown"

Elly: Summer's here, so which will it be: dancing or fighting in the streets? Like Mick, you sort of sound like you want it both ways. Call me when you make up your mind.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Despair"

Karen: We've been faking happy for so long. I'm tired, you're tired, but here we are, still trying. Let's talk all night and start again in the morning. My sun is your sun.

Paramore, "Ain’t It Fun"

Haley: Spare me. You’re the one taking pot shots like a fucking teenager here, not me. And keep my mother out of this; you’re just bitter she was right about you all along.

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