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!

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

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Summer of '69 Lyrics as written by James Douglas Vallance Bryan Adams

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  • +2
    General Commentgreat song, reminds me of a summer i had with great friends and a great g/f i had.. good memories i wish they would of lasted hehe
    drummer4514on July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it means about how he wishes he could be in the summer of 69 forever and how it was so great. Remember, nothing lasts forever, so dont just sit there all day. Get up and do something fun because the time is limited. This summer, I will be sure to do everything I want to when I want to.
    MGM777on May 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me think of how i'm going to remember my summers. I hope i can look back 50 years from now and smile at the memories i've made. this song is so inspirational. i love it.
    axyluvon September 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt actually is a reference to the ol' 69er. There's a snip-it in a Rolling Stone magazine a couple of months ago with Bryan Adams admiting it and saying that he couldn't believe no one got it. But it still sounds better being the year 69 in my opinion. Adams' best song... cheese, yet still blissfully great.
    SimpleKindOfBoyon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's where Jim Vallance explains the full meaning of the song (from his perspective) -

    amazingjon April 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about oral sex...and the highs of summer with a beautiful young thing. And I wish everyone a wonderful summer of 2013. May it be the best yet!
    IllToast2Thaton February 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Song
    NyQuilon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst guitar, first band, job, and fallin in love over a summer...great song
    shed27on July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfunny thing-- adams was nine years old in the summer of 69 :-p
    askewchanon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthat is funny. But great song, embodies the best summer everyone ever had while they were in highschool just hanging out with their friends. Damn reality bites we should all be able to jus stay in that summer forever.
    tallgrl45on July 26, 2002   Link

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