Summer of '69
First Released Wood Panel Pacer Wagon with Mags
Length 0:37
Singer Chris

Summer of '69 is a Bryan Adams song written by Adams and Jim Vallance for his 1984 album Reckless. The song eventually reached #5 on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

Less Than Jake's version of the song is much shorter than the original, only one verse and chorus are performed, and can only be found on the Very Small Records release Wood Panel Pacer Wagon with Mags.

Content and MeaningEdit

The song has been conventionally interpreted as a nostalgic, somewhat melancholy recollection of an erstwhile era during which the singer was among a group of optimistic adolescents.[1]

In his recent Anthology from 2005, as well as the song's intro during live concerts, Adams stresses "Summer of '69" has "nothing to do with the year 1969," and implied it is a reference to the sex position: "… [A] double entendre, it's about sex, much like [one of Adams' professed favourite songs] Bob Seger's 'Night Moves,'" which follows a similar theme of nostalgia and summer love.[2] Adams actually sings "me and my baby in a '69" in the refrain of the song.

Co-writer Jim Vallance has always gone for the more conventional interpretation. He notes Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty" as his own influence, recalling Adams cited the film Summer of '42 as his.[3] He has added, "… 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."[1]

The line "Jimmy quit, Jody got married" refers to two actual people. "Jimmy" is Jim Wesley, Adams' drummer in his early days (1979–1983) who quit the band because he and Bryan did not get along' As of 2008, Jody Perpick still worked for Adams as his tour manager and sound engineer.[3] These names are replaced in the Less Than Jake version with drummer Vinnie Fiorello and bassist Roger Manganelli respectively.


I got my first real six string
bought it at the five and dime
played until my fingers bled
was the summer of '69
Me and some guys from school
we had a band and we tried real hard
Vinnie quit
and Roger got married
should've known that we'd never go far

Oh but when I look back now
that summer seemed to last forever
oh but if I had the choice
I knew that it was now or never
those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of '69

I said 69



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Summer of '69," on
  2. Dave Marsh (liner notes), Anthology, 2005.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Summer of '69," on

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