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Intro: BB chord  GbGb chord  BB chord  GbGb chord 
 
BB chord                                GbGb chord 
  i got my first real six string - brought it at the five & dime
BB chord                               GbGb chord 
  played it til my fingers bled - was the summer of '69
BB chord                             GbGb chord 
  me and some guys from school had a band and we tried real hard
BB chord                                 GbGb chord 
  jimmy quit and jody got married - shoulda known we'd never get far
 
 
AbmAbm chord          GbGb chord              BB chord                      EE chord
  oh when i look back now - that summer seemed to last for ever
AbmAbm chord         GbGb chord               BB chord              EE chord
  and if i had the choice - ya i'd always wanna be there
AbmAbm chord               GbGb chord               BB chord    GbGb chord 
  those were the best days of my life
 
 
Riff:
     BB chord                     GbGb chord
xA|-----9--10--9-----9--|--------------------|
xE|---------------------|--------------------|
xC|---------------------|--------------------|
xG|--9-----------9------|--4--6--7--6--4--6--|
 
 
BB chord                          GbGb chord 
  ain't no use complaining - when ya gotta job to do
BB chord                                        GbGb chord 
  spent my evenings down at the drive in - and that's when i met you - ya
AbmAbm chord                 GbGb chord              BB chord                       EE chord
  standing on your mamma's porch - you told me that you'd wait forever
AbmAbm chord           GbGb chord               BB chord                   EE chord
  and when i held your hand - i knew that it was now or never
AbmAbm chord               GbGb chord               BB chord    GbGb chord                        BB chord   GbGb chord 
  those were the best days of my life - back in the summer of '69
 
 
DD chord             GG chord
  man we were killin' time
          AA chord                       GG chord
  we were young and reckless - we needed to unwind
DD chord         GG chord                  AA chord
  i guess nothing can last forever...
 
Interlude: BB chord  GbGb chord  BB chord  GbGb chord 
 
BB chord 
  and now the times are changin'
GbGb chord 
  look at everything that's come and gone
BB chord 
  sometimes when i play my old six string
GbGb chord 
  i think about you wonder what went wrong
 
 
AbmAbm chord                 GbGb chord              BB chord                 EE chord
  standing on your manna's porch - you told me it'd last forever
AbmAbm chord           GbGb chord               BB chord                   EE chord
  and when i held your hand - i knew that it was now or never
AbmAbm chord               GbGb chord                    BB chord  GbGb chord                        BB chord   GbGb chord 
  those were the best days of my life -    back in the summer of '69
 
Outro: BB chord  GbGb chord

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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