Jim and Kate present quite different valedictorian speeches at their 1967 high school graduation. They each wonder about college and the future.

Lyrics

What Did You Do for the Summer?

sung by Mills Girl Kate and Berkeley Boy Jim

MG:
Washed clothes and packed bags and made lists and kept things steady
Wrote letters, said some prayers and made darn sure that I was ready
Worked some jobs and earned some money, bought some things to let me look like I’m a lady
Made sure I’ll be ready. Yeah, that’s my plan, for me, this practical lady
Now how ‘bout you?
BB:
Well, now, I didn’t do diddly, called all my friends, waived some final goodbyes
Said “So long, guess I’ll see you whenever, drop me a line if it crosses your mind.
Hey bro, don’t look at me that way, no way I’ll forget you
Cause you know how well we ended our misspent youth
Just stay calm and keep on carrying on, and keep your powder dry, for now it’s just goodbye.”
MG:
Aged some and stood taller, high school girl, you’re gone forever
Set goals and bought some clothes and practiced packing - I’ll be ready
Saw friends and recalled mem’ries. Laughter, tears made ev’ry one start grabbing hankies
It sure looked like no one’s ready, so dependent still - All grown up? Not really.
Now how ‘bout you?
BB:
Well, now, I didn’t do diddly, called all my friends, waived some final goodbyes
Said “So long, guess I’ll see you whenever, drop me a line if it crosses your mind.”
Saw my old friends before I left town and, and played my guitar
And made sure that I tweaked the noses of all my false friends
“Just stay calm and keep on carrying on and keep your powder dry, and now it’s just goodbye”
MG:
Hugged Mom, she cried some, so hard leaving, though she knows the stakes here
Mom:
“Write letters say your prayers”
MG:
Added to that list I had readied
Mom:
“Stay safe and have some fun, my little girl’s all grown and leaving home, you’re ready!”
MG:
She cried, and I cried, and that’s how I remember summer - I hope I’m ready
She cried, and I cried, and that’s how I remember summer - I hope I’m ready