Every single one of us have a specific time from our childhoods that often springs into our minds. That moment in time is often attached to a place, feeling or person that brings about all the nostalgic feels whenever we think about it. For Bryan Adams, it was the summer of 1969, or so many of us thought.
The Canadian-born rocker penned the hit song "Summer of '69" for his fourth album, Reckless, which was released in 1984. People quickly took to the song because of Adams's storytelling and the strong theme of nostalgia.
Adams later explained that he was inspired by the "cultural revolution" that was going on at the time, including the Beatles disbanding, the moon landing, and his foray into music, hence the lyrics "I got my first real six-string...Played it 'til my fingers bled."
Still, many were still wondering why the lyrics seemed to be about Adams reminiscing about a love interest.
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
Well, it took a couple of decades, but both Adams and the song's co-writer Jim Vallance, finally provided some explanation for how the song came to be, and what the lyrics really mean.