Doc_SoCal;3225382 said:A lot of neat things happened in 1969...
xXZeroOverrideXx;3225295 said:Yeah, theres nothing sexual about it.
Co-writer Jim Vallance has always gone for the more conventional interpretation of the title being a reference to a year. He notes Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty", which contains references to 1965 and 1969, as his own influence, and recalls Adams cited the film Summer of '42 as his. Vallance has said:"I wish this little "controversy" would just go away. First of all, when Bryan and I were writing the song, it was originally called "Best Days Of My Life". 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. When we recorded the demo in my basement, towards the end of the song Bryan sang a little naughty bit: "me and my baby in a '69". We had a laugh about it at the time, and Bryan decided to keep it when he did the final recording a month or two later. Nobody seemed to notice, and that was the end of it until a few years ago when Bryan started introducing the song in concert by saying, "This song has nothing to do with the year 1969". The audience reaction was predictable. Let me qualify this by saying I don't pretend to speak for Bryan. Two of us wrote the song. 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. 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."
TheRollingBones;3225831 said:What are you talking about? There's nothing sexual about that song in the slightest. It's just about a guy living in the 60's and 70's, he grew up, got a band together, and then they broke up. He met a girl at a drive-in (and I guess they got married?), and now he's reminiscing about those good old days with someone.
Lawdog1521;3225843 said:I blame the band falling apart on Jimmy.
davidshek;3225908 said:Dude, it was totally JODY's fault. Everybody knows you can't be in a band and then get married.
dblduece;3225946 said:Fixed that for ya.
davidshek;3225908 said:Dude, it was totally Jody's fault. Everybody knows you can't be in a band and then get married.
Lawdog1521;3226108 said:But Jimmy just up and quit. Why even join if you don't take it serious?