A song that perfectly describes the lament of a twenty-something longing for the forlorn love of teenaged summers past, “Ocean Avenue” begins with the lines, “There’s a place off Ocean Avenue/ Where I used to sit and talk with you/ We were both 16 and it felt so right/ Sleeping all day, staying up all night.” However, the tracks emotional range explodes as it blossoms into its melancholy and pensive chorus, which seems to suggest that everything will be alright again, if only the lost-love were to return. Lyrics like, “I know somewhere, somehow we’ll be together,” and “I can make believe that you’re here tonight,” imply that there is still hope of one day returning to those supposed “better days.”
More than anything, “Ocean Avenue” captured the hearts and minds of a generation by being relatable. In a way, isn’t everyone looking for a way to return to the fun-loving summer romances of their youth, to an “Ocean Avenue” all their own?
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