Monday, November 24, 2014

Song Meaning and Analysis: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

Song Meaning and Analysis: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

Summer of 69 is one of Bryan Adams' signature tunes, and it's one of my favorite rock songs. As for meaning of the song, it's very straightforward - Bryan is looking back on his teenage years and early days of his high school band.


Analysis:

I got my first real six-string - six-string means a guitar. It says "real six-string" So I'd assume it's a electric guitar as opposed to a simple acoustic one.


Bought it at the five-and-dime - Bryan bought his guitar from a "five-and-dime," which means something like a dollar shop.

Second verse goes into the details of how Bryan put "six-string" into use - by forming a band in high school. They couldn't stay together, however, as band members fell apart, but Bryan never lost his love for music; I mean dude is still active.

Third verse is a reflection of his glory days, the good ole days...

Fourth and fifth verses are about Bryan's summer job - he had a gig at a drive-in, and how he met his girlfriend. Apparently their relationship, just like the band, didn't last long.

Lyrics:

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it 'til 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, 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 evening's 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.

1 comment:

  1. Its about a post production prototype 3speed Raleigh Chopper user experience bicycle he stole in the field front of the Star Top Drive-In theater in late summer 69 when he was 10 years old. I know cause I was the 7 year old he scammed the bike from

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