Summer of '69 cover
Summer of '69 cover

Summer of '69 Lyrics Meanings
by Bryan Adams

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Summer of '69 Lyrics

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it 'til my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I should've known we'd never get far

Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain't no use in complainin'
When you've got a job to do
Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you, yeah

Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of '69, oh

Man we were killin' time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin' can last forever, forever, no! yeah!

And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong

Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that it'd last forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life

Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of '69, oh
It was the summer of '69, oh, yeah
Me and my baby in '69, oh
It was the summer, the summer, the summer of '69, yeah

Writer(s): Bryan Adams, James Douglas Vallance
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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It's about the summer of '69' -the time that he was with that freak of a girl that always wanted to do it '69' style. -(a guy & a girl in the 'north/south' position) And "got my first 6 string" -meaning he lost his virginity for the first time. "we were young and restless" -man how much more obvious could it get with the sexual reference. And then when he says "sometimes when I play that old 6 string" -now when he does the 'four knuckle shuffle' by him self he fantasizes about her and their '69er' escapades.

Ah such a classic. Perhaps the song that got Adams established. Nevertheless, it's about his personal story of his first guitar and a temporary girlfriend, happening during the notorious summer of 69. 1969. So many stories. Would've been much fun if we were teenagers then.

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