Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams - Song #36
This song is about the sexual position, not the year, according to Bryan Adams. He said, “A lot of people think it’s about a year, but actually it’s more about making love in the summertime. It uses ‘69’ as a sexual reference.” (Watch him explain in this 2008 clip from American morning TV news program The Early Show here.)He later clarified, “At the end of the song, the lyric says that it’s me and my baby in a 69. You’d have to be pretty thick in the ears if you couldn’t get that lyric.” But according to the song’s co-writer Jim Vallance, a long-time writing partner of Bryan Adams, Summer Of ’69 is not about sex, but rather exactly what it sounds like it’s about: nostalgia. Jim Vallance said, “Maybe he was thinking about something completely different...but I was thinking about that amazing summer when I turned 17. There were brand new vinyl albums released by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Kinks, Janis Joplin, The Band. It was awesome and I’ll never forget it.” .
The original title of the song was Best Days Of My Life, and according to Jim Vallance, in the original lyrics, “The words ‘summer of ‘69’ only appeared once, right after ‘played it ‘til my fingers bled.’ That was it! The song really was about the summer of 1969! It took us a week or two to fine-tune the lyric. At some point we realized that Summer Of ‘69 was a better title, so we literally ‘shoe-horned’ that phrase into a few more places in the song. At no time do I recall discussing sexual innuendo with Bryan, except for one little thing...
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