"69"
ADAMS Lyrics


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I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
It 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
Ya I'd always want to be there
Those were the best days of my life
Ain't no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
Spent my evening's down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you
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
Back in the summer of '69
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
I think about ya wonder what went wrong
Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me it would last forever
Oh the way you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never




Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of '69

Overall Meaning

The song "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams is a nostalgic look back at the artist's youth, specifically the summer of 1969. He sings of buying his first guitar and starting a band with some friends from school. Though they were unsuccessful and the band eventually disbanded, the summer of '69 was the best time of his life, and he wouldn't change a thing. He also mentions meeting someone special that summer, standing on her mother's porch and feeling like it was now or never to make a move. Looking back, he wonders what went wrong, but still cherishes those memories.


The lyrics paint a picture of a simpler, carefree time in the artist's life. He longs for the days when he was young, restless, and had no worries except for playing his guitar and hanging out with friends. The nostalgia is palpable in lines like "when you've got a job to do" and "ain't no use in complainin'," suggesting that adulthood has brought with it a certain amount of responsibility that the artist wishes he could escape. The song's power comes from its universal themes of youth, love, and nostalgia, which resonate with listeners of all ages.


Line by Line Meaning

I got my first real six-string
The singer got their first guitar


Bought it at the five-and-dime
The guitar was purchased at a discount store


Played it till my fingers bled
The singer played the guitar a lot, to the point where their fingers were sore


It was the summer of '69
This all happened in the summer of 1969


Me and some guys from school
The artist was in a band with some school friends


Had a band and we tried real hard
The band put in a lot of effort


Jimmy quit and Jody got married
Two band members left - one quit, the other got married


I should've known we'd never get far
The artist reflects that the band was not destined for success


Oh when I look back now
The artist is reflecting on this time in their life


That summer seemed to last forever
The artist remembers that summer as stretching on for a long time


And if I had the choice
The singer would choose to be back in that time period


Ya I'd always want to be there
The artist wishes they could go back to the summer of '69


Those were the best days of my life
The singer is reflecting on their fond memories of that time


Ain't no use in complainin'
There's nothing to gain from complaining


When you got a job to do
Sometimes you just have to get on with things


Spent my evening's down at the drive-in
The artist went to the drive-in cinema in the evenings


And that's when I met you
The artist met someone at the drive-in


Standin' on your mama's porch
The singer and this person were standing on their mother's porch


You told me that you'd wait forever
This person promised to wait for the singer


Oh and when you held my hand
The artist held hands with this person


I knew that it was now or never
The artist felt that it was time to make a move in their relationship


We were young and restless
The artist and their friends were young and had energy to burn


We needed to unwind
They needed an outlet for all their energy


I guess nothin' can last forever, forever, no
The artist is acknowledging that nothing lasts forever


And now the times are changin'
The singer is recognizing that things have changed since that time


Look at everything that's come and gone
The singer is reflecting on all that has happened since the summer of '69


Sometimes when I play that old six-string
The singer still has the guitar and plays it occasionally


I think about ya wonder what went wrong
The artist thinks about the person they met that summer and wonders why things didn't work out




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BRYAN ADAMS, JAMES DOUGLAS VALLANCE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@user-kl4wd8nk7m

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.

@kamv_1192

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😂😂😂 true

@saltypretzel7143

Hey it’s you again

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