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Summer of '69
Bryan Adams Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The song Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams is a nostalgic and reflective ballad about memories of youth, love, and music. The lyrics recall the summer of 1969 when the singer, as a young man, got his first guitar and formed a band with his schoolmates. They struggled to make music, and eventually, the group fell apart when Jimmy quit, and Jody got married. Nonetheless, the singer looks back on that summer with fondness and appreciation, as it reminded him of the carefree and exciting moments of his youth.


In the second verse, the lyrics take a romantic turn, as they describe the singer's encounter with a girl he met at a drive-in theater. They quickly fell in love, and she promised to wait for him forever. However, as the song progresses, the lyrics suggest that this promise didn't come to fruition, and they eventually drifted apart. Nonetheless, the memories of that summer, his bandmates, and his first love resonate with the singer, evoking strong emotions of happiness, longing, and regret.


Line by Line Meaning

I got my first real six-string
I purchased my first real guitar, which had six strings.


Bought it at the five-and-dime
I bought it at a local store that sold inexpensive goods.


Played it 'til my fingers bled
I played the guitar so much that my fingers were bleeding.


Was the summer of '69
This occurred during the summer of 1969.


Me and some guys from school
Some of my fellow male students and I.


Had a band and we tried real hard
We formed a musical group and gave it our all.


Jimmy quit, Jody got married
Two of our band members left for different reasons.


I should've known we'd never get far
I had a feeling that our musical aspirations would not be successful.


Oh, when I look back now
When I reflect upon that time now.


That summer seemed to last forever
The summer of 1969 appeared to last a long time in my memory.


And if I had the choice
If given the option.


Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
I would always want to be present during that time period.


Those were the best days of my life
That was the most enjoyable period of my existence.


Ain't no use in complainin'
There is no gain in expressing dissatisfaction.


When you've got a job to do
When you have a task to complete.


Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
I passed my evenings at a drive-in venue.


And that's when I met you, yeah
During that time, I met you.


Standin' on your mama's porch
Standing on your mother's balcony.


You told me that you'd wait forever
You stated that you would wait for me indefinitely.


Oh, and when you held my hand
When you grasped my hand.


I knew that it was now or never
I recognized that it was the ideal opportunity to pursue our relationship.


Those were the best days of my life
That was the most enjoyable period of my existence.


Man we were killin' time
We were passing time without any particular goal.


We were young and restless
We were full of energy and impatience due to our youthfulness.


We needed to unwind
We needed to release tension and relax.


I guess nothin' can last forever, forever, no
I presume that nothing ever endures eternally, forever, never.


And now the times are changin'
The present epoch is altering.


Look at everything that's come and gone
Consider everything that has been part of my past.


Sometimes when I play that old six-string
Occasionally, when I play that old guitar with six strings.


I think about you, wonder what went wrong
I think about what went wrong in our relationship and ponder about you.


It was the summer of '69, oh, yeah
This event transpired during the summer of 1969.


Me and my baby in '69, oh
My significant other and I during that same summer.


It was the summer
During that particular summer season.


The summer, the summer of '69, yeah
That specific summer season of 1969.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bryan Adams, James Douglas Vallance

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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 and 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 got a job to do
I 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 nothing 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, uh-huh
It was the summer of '69, oh, yeah
Me and my baby in '69, oh, oh

It was the summer, summer, summer of '69
(Yeah)



All comments from YouTube:

@TimBurtonTim

This song makes me nostalgic for a teenage life I never had

@chilombomululu6034

I knw right me too

@workhot

I love this comment more than the song. The good old days are an illusion. We have had the torture memories removed so we can't stop the actual bad guys.

@babyjason7112

Ikr

@totescooltv

THIS

@joelfrancis8709

We're you too busy writing books?

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@TheRealGuywithoutaMustache

You know a song is a classic when you get hit with nostalgia that you didn't experience yourself.

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facts

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😂😂😂 true

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Hey it’s you again

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