Summer Of '69, Pengantar Sukses Bryan Adams

Summer of '69 ditulis Bryan Adams bersama Jim Vallance, penulis lagu-lagu Aerosmith yang memang sudah beberapa kali berkolaborasi dengan Adams. Menurut Vallance lagu ini awalnya dijuduli Best Days Of My Life, namun lantas diganti. Vallance menduga Adams terinspirasi oleh film Summer Of '42. Bryan Adams sendiri mengatakan lagu ini tak terkait dengan tahun yang disebut pada judul. Karena pada 69 umurnya baru 9 tahun. Dalam sebuah wawancara ia mengatakan, "It's a very simple song about looking back on the summertime and making love"


Setelah dirilis pada 1984, lagu ini langsung berada di nomor 9 pada tangga lagu Norwegia dan bertahan selama empat pekan. Di Swedia dan Austria bertahan lima minggu, dengan posisi yang berbeda. Single ini paling sukses di Belanda dengan menempati posisi keempat.

Bryan Adams sempat melahirkan sejumlah hits, namun lagu ini bersama album 'Reckless' yang rilis tahun 1984 inilah yang menjadikan penyanyi asal Kanada ini bintang.

Summer Of '69

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.

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