Summer of ’69

Bryan AdamsMy favourite summer song, ha ha ha, from high school years, 1984 my graduating year to be exact. Warm fuzzy feelings and all that, and a hit by a Canadian performer no less, making it all the more special to us. Of course, many players like to substitute the words “four-string” for the lyrics “six-string” when playing this on the ukulele. Bryan Adams classic.

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

Intro C C G G C C G G*

*Substitute G7 for G if preferred.

[C] I got my first real six string – [G] bought it at the five & dime.

[C] Played it ‘til my fingers bled – [G] was the summer of ’69.

[C] Me and some guys from school, [G] had a band and we tried real hard.

[C] Jimmy quit and Jody got married – [G] shoulda known, we’d never get far.

Chorus:

[Dm] Ohhhh, when I [G7] look back now –[C] that summer seemed to

[F] last for ever.

[Dm] And if I [G7] had the choice –[C] yeah, I’d always [F] wanna be there.

[Dm] Those were the [G7] best days of my [C] life.

Oh, [G7] Yeah!

[C] Ain’t no use complaining, [G] when ya got a job to do.

[C] Spent my evenings down at the drive-in, [G] and that’s when I met you – Yeah!

Chorus:

[Dm] Standing on your [G7] mama’s porch, [C] you told me that you’d [F] wait forever.

[Dm] And when I [G7] held your hand, [C] I knew that it was [F] now or never.

[Dm] Those were the [G7] best days of my [C] life.

Back in the summer of [G7] ’69!

Bridge:

[F] Man, we were [C] killin’ time – we were [Bb] young and reckless,

we [G] needed to un-[F] wind!

I guess [Bb] nothing can last [C] forever – Forever! OH!

[C] And now the times are changin’, [G] look at everything that’s come and gone.

[C] Sometimes when I play my old six string, [G] I think about you wonder what went

wrong.

Chorus:

[Dm] Standing on your [G7] mama’s porch, [C] you told me it would [F] last forever.

[Dm] And when I [G7] held your hand, [C] I knew that it was [F]now or never.

[Dm] Those were the [G7] best days of my [C] life.

Back in the summer of [G] ’69!

Oh, [C] whoa. Back in the summer of [G] ’69!

Oh, [C] yeah. Back in the summer of [G] ’69!     Oh, [C] yeah…..

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