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Summer of '69

Bryan Adams

from the album Reckless released in 1984

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Lyrics

Intro

D

Verse

D I got my first real six string A Bought it at the five-and-dime D Played it 'till my fingers bled A It was the summer of '69 Me and some guys from school Had a band and we tried real hard Jimmy quit, Jodie got married Shoulda known we'd never get far

Chorus

Bm A When I look back now D G The summer seemed to last forever Bm A And if I had the choice D G Yeah, I'd always want to be there Bm A (let ring) D A D A Those were the best days of my life Ain't no use in complaining When you got a job to do Spend my evenings down at the job, and And that's when I met you, yeah Standing 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

Bridge

F Bb Man, we were killing time C Bb We were young and restless, we needed to unwind F Bb C I guess nothing can last forever, forever...

Solo

D ... A ... D ... A ...
And now, the times are changing Look at everything that's come and gone Sometimes when I play that old six string I think about you when the world went wrong Standing on your mama's porch You told me that you'd laugh forever Oh, when you held my hand I knew that it was now or never Those were the best days of my life

Ending

D ... A ... D ... A ...

Notes & Tabs

Chords for the Intro, Verse, and Chorus

Here are the chords this song uses in the intro, verse, and choruses. They're shown in two different formats: open (simpler, on the left) and barred (a bit tougher, on the right). Throughout the song you may want to use both types depending on the dynamic you're striving for.

e-|----2----3----0----2-------      ----5----3----5----7-----
B-|----3----0----2----3-------      ----7----3----5----7-----
G-|----2----0----2----4-------      ----7----4----5----7-----
D-|----0----0----2----4-------  or  ----7----5----7----9-----
A-|---------2----0----2-------      ----5----5----7----9-----
E-|---------3-----------------      ---------3----5----7-----
       D    G    A    Bm                D    G    A    Bm 

Chords for the Bridge

The bridge changes keys (from D to F) and uses entirely different chords. Here is how you play them.

e-|----1----1----0-----      ----8----6----8----
B-|----1----3----1-----      ---10----6----8----
G-|----2----3----0-----      ---10----7----9----
D-|----3----3----2-----  or  ---10----8---10----
A-|----3----1----3-----      ----8----8---10----
E-|----1---------------      ---------6----8----
       F    Bb   C               F    Bb   C 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| D . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . |

Verse

"I got my first real six string..."
| D . . . | . . . . | A . . . | . . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"When I look back now..."
| Bm . . . | A . . . | D . . . | G . . . |
| Bm . . . | A . . . | D . . . | G . . . |
| Bm . . . | A . . . |

Bridge

"Man, we were killing time..."
| F . . . | Bb . . . | C . . . | Bb . . . |
| F . . . | Bb . . . | C . . . | C  . . . |

Song Info

Song: Summer of '69
Artist: Bryan Adams
Album: Reckless
Year: 1984
Label: A&M

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Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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