I beg to differ, @Mark !! To me, this one’s fantastic. Quite unusual for a Ray composition, the whole song seems to be born out of a very short melodic idea that provides the main vocal hook. And then, it develops nicely into lots of little bridges sections (as per usual now). Half-way through, we'll never come back to the opening melody, except in the most unusual way at the end, underlining its very absence, « Brrr, doo-bee-doo-be-doo », probably because… well, because summer's gone and that melody bit has gone with it. The beat and riff in the intro is so Sprinsgteen it almost wears a stars and stripes on its pair of jeans. Too-doo-doo-doo, I’ll admit I like that hook a lot too, it brings a few late harrissongs to mind. But the rest is all Kinks, pop, power, power pop, great guitars (much more subdued than usual, even the solo), great story, vivid images, you get it all, and it shows how Ray’s brain works, by juxtaposing images that create not only a narrative but draws a brain’s map of the character. In the doorway, in the back of a car, child, man, son, father, a two generations story condensed in the most economical psychological portrait you could imagine, and no cliché either, just a beautiful piece of truth. “He must’ve wondered where we all came from”… Not many can write that and make it resonate, laying out the portrait of both the father, the son, and how this memory would affect the kid when turned into a grown man. Now that he's losing the love of his life, he has this reminiscence from his childhood that explains his own "summer's gone" feeling and metaphor, in the most heartbreaking way. Seen like that, I find this song irresistible. Maybe not top tier Kinks, but sometimes "second tier" is where it's at, the little gems strayed along the way that become personal favorites. It comes in, grabs me, I’m in the car, on the doorway, under the rain, summer’s gone, I know what that means, and it means a lot. Not many songs can do that, telling you that something’s over, never to come back, while conjuring its very spirit. In the end, there’s nothing left to be said, so Ray does his crazy fatalistic bit. « Brrr, doo-bee-doo-be-doo », indeed.