Bryan Adams: Summer of '69 Meaning
Summer of '69 Lyrics
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played 'til my fingers bled
It was summer of '69
Me and some guys from school
Had a Band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shualda known we'd never get...
anonymous Nov 27th 2012, 19:21 report
Some people speculate that Adams may be singing about, um, something else. Here's a hint, complete this sentence ... "Wine me, dine me, __ me." Still not getting it? Fine, some people think he may be singing about oral sex. Just what we like to think about when it comes to Bryan Adams.
And as you'll notice in a few of the songs on this list, the dirty, double meaning that sounds like it was thought up by a horny 12-year-old often turns out to be true. In an online interview, Adams said: "One thing people never got was that the song isn't about the year 1969. It's about making love, a la '69!" A la '69? What a dork. Then there's the interview with the Binghampton Press & Sun Bulletin where Adams confirmed "the title comes from the idea of '69 as a metaphor for sex," confirming he has both a child's sense of humor and understanding of metaphors. Anyway, coming from the source itself, that seems pretty convincing.
Jim Vallance, the song's co-writer has said, "Bryan Adams is a great writer, a great singer, and a great friend. He's entitled to his recollections as to what inspired the song 'Summer Of '69.' My recollections just happen to be different than his." So who's telling the truth? As a default, we always choose not to believe the guy who claims Bryan Adams is a great writer. We're pretty sure Adams himself wouldn't even say that. There's also the fact that Adams didn't turn 10 until November of 1969, and we refuse to believe Bryan Adams was a cooler 9-year-old than us.
Unfortunately, pretty much every single sign points to "Summer of '69" being another ill-fated attempt by Bryan Adams to be edgy, like that time he dressed like Kurt Cobain for a year or so back in the '
anonymous May 27th 2012, 23:40 report
You should be psiesd at the music industry for taking most of the money that artists generate (including your little i-Tunes snafu).The artist owns the music. Not the corporations, no matter what documents have been signed.And, given your little speech, I hope you didn't download the rest from here but went to i-Tunes instead!
anonymous Sep 21st 2011, 20:44 report
How can it be about doing it? It's about nostalgia. He was only ten in the summer of'69. he singing to a girl he likes about a band they used to be in with some guys from their school
anonymous Jun 24th 2011, 02:09 report
sex. at the end... he says ''me and my baby in a 69.'' come on. think.
anonymous May 21st 2011, 03:09 report
The fact of the matter is this song is about Jim Vallance as he spent time up in Kitimat BC, in his youth.
anonymous Feb 18th 2011, 22:12 report
He obviously talks bout the invasion of Earth by aliens and it was pretty awesome cause they bought advanced technology and stuff so he misses that year or it could be about the yeti invasion too...true but no one dares to talk bout it these days :)
Surfer_Coyote Nov 18th 2008, 00:44 report
I kinda think this song is open to interpretation a little bit. The obvious use of '69 is for the year 1969, which was quite a year in history. The Summer of Love, Woodstock, the moon landing, it was a memorable summer for most everyone who lived it (I was not alive then). Now in my opinion, '69 could refer to other things. Maybe the storyteller is referring to a car that was a model year 1969 that they cruised around in all summer long, or maybe his guitar was a '69 Fender or something. There is the very real possibility that it does refer to sexual exploration. Either way, it is a reflection on happy times and youth.
anonymous Aug 22nd 2008, 23:13 report
Haha wellll, I went to a Bryan Adams concert (he was AMAZZINGG) and he told this story there....
"well I saw this woman at walmart for the signing of the cds thing, and she said 'baby, I was a year early, I was summer of 68! a year early!' and I said 'uh..lady, hate to put you down, but the song has nothing to do with the year.' she kinda looked at me funny and blushed,i just had to tell it, so for the record NO, there is nothing special about the summer of 1969, just 69. what a summer that was."
he's really funny, it was a great show :)
This song was written (James Douglas Vallance (born 1952))by a song writer who collaborated with Bryan Adams. This song's title was influenced by Vallance's age... not sex... The last commenter should do 5 minutes of reading on the Internet instead of coming up with an interpretation that anyone can assume out of thin air.
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