Summer of '69
Summer of '69

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 Lyrics

Nov 24, 2014
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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
The 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


And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
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, oh

It was the summer
The summer, the summer of '69

Writer(s): Bryan Adams, James Douglas Vallance
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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What is the Meaning of Summer of '69?

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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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who wrote the song 'Summer of '69'?

    The song 'Summer of '69' was written by Canadian singer Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting collaborator Jim Vallance.

  2. What is the controversy around the title 'Summer of '69'?

    There has been a debate about whether the title refers to the year 1969 or a sexual position. Bryan Adams has claimed that it's a reference to the sex position, not the year. However, Jim Vallance disputes this and believes it refers to a year.

  3. Who are Jimmy and Jody mentioned in the lyrics of 'Summer of '69'?

    'Jimmy' refers to one of Bryan Adams's early drummers. 'Jody' is a reference to Adams's sound manager, Jody Perpick, who got married during the album's recording session.

  4. What awards did 'Summer of '69' win?

    'Summer of ‘69’ won several awards including BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Citation of Achievement for US radio airplay in 1985, Procan Award for Canadian radio airplay in 1986, and Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances in 2000.

  5. Where did Bryan Adams perform ‘Summer of ’69’ recently?

    Adams performed a duet version of ‘Summer of ’69’ with Taylor Swift during her Reputation Tour in Toronto, Canada. He also sang it during the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony in Bangladesh.

  6. How did ‘Summer of ’69’ perform on music charts internationally?

    The single had a strong effect on music charts globally; its highest peaks were number four in The Netherlands and number five in the United States. It is the most streamed and most digitally purchased song within Canada among songs originally released before the start of the digital download era (around 2005).

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