Another strange link in music: I was about fifteen, I think, in Holland, in high school at the Werkplaats in Bilthoven, when Gerard Cox had a hit. “‘T Is Weer Voorbij, Die Mooie Zomer“. Roughly translated it’s “Summer’s Over.”
I lived in Eemnes and the last few weeks before summer vacation and the first few weeks after summer vacation I would cycle to Bilthoven instead of taking the bus and the train. My friend Floortje lived in Baarn–on the way–and on the way back in the afternoons we would take a break in a grassy field, talking and making daisy chains (really) and we would by ice cream cones at every convenience store we passed. That’s the association I have with Gerard Cox’s hit.
I had never heard of Willy Nelson, and I had no idea that Gerard Cox’s Dutch lyrics were set to the tune of “The Train New Orleans“. Or that I’d end up living in Austin, Willy’s home base, where we thank god when summer is finally voorbij!