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    Summer of '69

    Bryan Adams

     

    Strum Pattern:  D   D U   U D U
                    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
    

     

    Intro: / D - - - / - - - - /

     

    D (2)

       I got my first real six-string

    A (2)

       Bought it at the five and dime

    D (2)

       Played it 'til my fingers bled

    A (2)

       Was the summer of '69

     

    D (2)

       Me and some guys from school

    A (2)

       Had a band and we tried real hard

    D (2)

       Jimmy quit, Joey got married

    A (2)

       I shoulda known we'd never get far

     

    Chorus 1:

    Bm              A

        Oh, when I look back now

    D                          G

        That summer seemed to last forever

    Bm            A

        And if I had the choice

    D                     G

        Yeah, I'd always wanna be there

    Bm                  A (hold)              

        Those were the best days of my life

     

    / D - - - / - - - - / A - - - / - - - - /

     

    D (2)

        Ain't no use in complaining

    A (2)

        When you got a job to do

    D (2)

        Spent my evenings down at the drive in

    A (2)

        And that's when I met you

     

    Chorus 2:

    Bm                    A

        Standin' on your mama's porch

    D                           G

        You told me that you'd wait forever

    Bm                    A

        Oh, and when you held my hand

    D                       G

        I knew that it was now or never

    Bm                  A (hold)             

        Those were the best days of my life

     

    D (2)    A (2)                         D (2)      A (2)

         Oh yeah    Back in the summer of '69     Uh-huh

     

    Bridge:

    F                Bb

       Man, we were killing time

             C                       Bb

    We were young and restless  We needed to unwind

    F           Bb                 C (2)

       I guess nothing can last forever, forever, no

     

    / D - - - / - - - - / A - - - / - - - - / x2

     

    D (2)

       And now the times are changing

    A (2)

       Look at everything that's come and gone

    D (2)

       Sometimes when I play that old six-string

    A (2)

       I think about you, wonder what went wrong

     

    Chorus 3:

    Bm                    A

        Standing on your mama's porch

    D                          G

        You told me that it'd last forever

    Bm                    A

        Oh, and when you held my hand

    D                       G

        I knew that it was now or never

    Bm                  A (hold)             

        Those were the best days of my life

     

    D (2)    A (2)                         D (2)      A (2)

         Oh yeah    Back in the summer of '69     Uh-huh

     

    / D - - - / - - - - / A - - - / - - - - / x4

     

    End on D


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.