[D] I got my first real four-string 

[A] Bought it at the Five and Dime 

[D] Played it till my fingers bled 

[A] It was the summer of sixty-nine 

[D] Me and some guys from school 

[A] Had a band and we tried real hard 

[D] Jimmy quit… Jodie got married 

[A] Shoulda known… we’d never get far 

[Bm] Oh, when I  
[A] look back now 

[D] That summer seemed to  
[G] last forever 

[Bm] And if I  
[A] had the choice 

[D] Yeah I’d always  
[G] wanna be there 

[Bm] Those were the  
[A] best days of my  
[D] life  

[D] Ain’t no use in complainin’ 

[A] When you’ve got a job to do 

[D] Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in 

[A] And that’s when I met you, yeah 


[Bm] Standin’ on your  
[A] mama’s porch 

[D] You told me that you’d  
[G] wait forever 

[Bm] Oh and when you  
[A] held my hand 

[D] I knew that it was  
[G] now or never 

[Bm] Those were the  
[A] best days of my 

[D] life… oh  
[A] yeah… back in the summer of  
[D] 69  

[F] Man we were  
[Bb] killin’ time 

We were  
[C] young and restless… we  
[Bb] needed to unwind 

[F] I guess  
[Bb] nothin’ can last for 
[C]ever… forever… no 


[D] And now the times are changin’ 

[A] Look at everything that’s come and gone 

[D] Sometimes when I play that old four-string 

[A] I think about ya, wonder what went wrong