Summer Of ’69 chords by Bryan Adams


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Summer Of ’69 | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| D5 | D5 |

Verse 1

| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five and dime.
| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
Played it ’til my fingers bled, was the summer of ’69.

Verse 2

| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
Me, and some guys from school, had a band and we tried real hard.
| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
Jimmy quit and Jody got married, I should’ve known we’d never get far.

Chorus 1

| Bm | A | D | G |
Oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever.
| Bm | A | D | G |
And if I had the choice. Yeah, I’d always wanna be there.
| Bm | A5 |
Those were the best days of my life.

Instrumental 1

| Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A |

Verse 3

| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
Ain’t no use in complainin’, when you got a job to do.
| D5 | D5 | A5 | A5 |
I spent my evenings down at the drive-in, and that’s when I met you, yeah!

Chorus 2

| Bm | A | D | G |
Standin’ on your mama’s porch, you told me that you’d wait forever.
| Bm | A | D | G |
Oh, and when you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never.
| Bm | A5 |
Those were the best days of my life.

Chorus tag

||: Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 D Asus4 | A Asus2 A :||
Oh, yeah. Back in the summer of ’69, oh.

Middle 8

| F5 | Bb5 | C5 | Bb5 |
Man, we were killin’ time, we were young and restless, we needed to unwind.
| F5 | Bb5 | C5 | C5 |
I guess nothing can last forever, forever, no.

Instrumental 2 (breakdown)

| Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A |
Yeah.

Verse 4

| Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A |
And now the times are changin’, look at everything that’s come and gone.
| Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A |
Sometimes when I play that old six-string, I think about you, wonder what went wrong.

Chorus 3

| Bm | A | D | G |
Standin’ on your mama’s porch, you told me that it’d last forever.
| Bm | A | D | G |
Oh, and when you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never.
| Bm | A5 |
Those were the best days of my life.

Outro

||: Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A :|| to fade
Oh, yeah. Back in the summer of ’69, uh-huh.
It was the summer of ’69, oh, yeah. Me and my baby in ’69, oh, oh.
It was the summer, summer, summer of ’69, yeah.



Summer Of ’69 Chords: Learn the progressions!


Summer Of '69 Analysis + TAB

The chords for Summer Of ’69 are very simple. To begin with, the verse is just I – V, using power chords, like this:

||: D5 (I) | D5 | A5 (V) | A5 :||

The chorus goes VI – V – I – IV, super simple, looks like this:

||: Bm (VI) | A (V) | D (I) | G (IV) :|| Bm | A5 |

The instrumental section is just like the verse over chords I – V, but with these extensions:

| Dsus2 D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 D | Asus2 A Asus4 | A Asus2 A |

Once you’ve seen the accurate TAB that works in a real-world scenario where you are the only guitarist in the band, just seeing these chords will be enough to remind you how to play Summer of ’69.

This is the TAB of the famous instrumental section which is so cleverly held back in the arrangement. I believe most bands and producers would have started the tune with it.

Summer Of '69 chords and TAB, instrumental, chorus tag, and outro.

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Summer of ’69 is a perfectly arranged radio hit!

Bryan Adams‘s classic Summer Of ’69 can be found on his fourth album Reckless (1984), amazingly, it wasn’t the lead single.

A worldwide hit, it actually did best in the U.K. with 2.4 million copies sold. The album sold 12 million worldwide.

If you want a mansion with a tennis court and a pool to come back to in between your world tours, take note of how this has been arranged and produced!

Behind the production is Bryan himself with his straight-to-the-point songwriting but also Bob Clearmountain (Chic, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and many, many more).

The way the intro and first verse are held back, using only power chords makes the triads of the chorus sound massive.

To then bring in the hook after the chorus is genius, most bands would have put that for the intro.

Only through studying big songs in depth can you train yourself to make the right decisions when recording your own tunes. As you’ve seen here, so much of it is in the arrangement.



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