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1997
1
Summer Of '69

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it til my fingers bled
It was the summer of ’69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shoulda known we’d never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya – I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain’t no use in complainin’
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in
And that’s when I met you

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me that you’d wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of ’69

Man we were killin’ time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin’ can last forever – forever, no

And now the times are changin’
Look at everything that’s come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about ya wonder what went wrong

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me it would last forever
Oh the way you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of ’69
Me and my baby in a ’69…

2
Back To You

i’ve been down – i’ve been beat
i’ve been so tired – that i could not speak
i’ve bin so lost that i could not see
i wanted things that were out of reach
then i found you and you helped me through
and ya showed me what to do
that’s why i’m comin’ back to you…

like a star that guides a ship across the ocean
that’s how your love can take me home back to you
and if i wish upon that star – that someday i’ll be where you are
i know that day is comin soon – ya i’m comin back to you

you’ve been alone but ya did not show it
you’ve been in pain when i did not know it
you let me do what i needed to – you were there when i needed you
mighta let you down – mighta messed you round
but ya never changed your point of view
that’s why i’m comin’ back to you…

3
Cuts Like A Knife

Drivin’ home this evening
I coulda sworn we had it all worked out
You had this boy believin’
Way beyond the shadow of a doubt

The I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you

I took it all for granted
But how was I to know
That you’d be letting go

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

There’s times I’ve ‘bin mistaken
There’s tines I thought I’d ‘bin misunderstood
So wait a minute darlin’
Can’t you see we did the best we could

This would be the first time
Things have gone astray
Now you’ve thrown it all away

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

4
I'm Ready

I’d like to see you, thought I’d let you know
I wanna be with you everyday
Cause I’ve got a feeling that’s beginning to grow
And there’s only one thing I wanna say

I’m ready – to love you
I’m ready – to hold you
I’m ready – I’m ready
Ready as I’m gonna be

She left me a long note when she left me here
Told me that love was hard to find
But baby it’s easy and I’ll make it clear
That there’s only one thing on my mind

I’m ready – to love you
I’m ready – to hold you
I’m ready – I’m ready
Ready as I’m gonna be

5
Fits Ya Good

Waiting here for the working day to end
Five o’clock and those walls just move in closer
You get home so down and worn out
It’s understood

Ya, it fits ya good, oh fits ya good
Ya, it fits ya good

Was a time you were bringing me down
But I know it’s just the way you live your life
But you don’t know like I know, baby
I did all that I could

Now it fits ya good, oh fits ya good
Ya, it fits ya good

6
When You Love Someone

when you love someone – you’ll do anything
you’ll do all the crazy things that you can’t explain
you’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun
when you love someone

you’ll deny the truth – believe a lie
there’ll be times that you’ll believe you can really fly
but your lonely nights – have just begun
when you love someone

when you love someone – you’ll feel it deep inside
and nothin else can ever change your mind
when you want someone – when you need someone
when you need someone…

when you love someone – you’ll sacrifice
you’d give it everything you got and you won’t think twice
you’d risk it all – no matter what may come
when you love someone
you’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun
when you love someone

7
18 Til I Die

Wanna be young – the rest of my life
Never say no – try anything twice
Til the angels come – and ask me to fly
Gonna be 18 til I die – 18 til I die
Can’t live forever – that’s wishful thinkin’
Who ever said that – must of bin’ drinkin’
Don’t wanna grow up – I don’t see why
I couldn’t care less if time flies by

18 til I die – gonna be 18 til I die
Ya it sure feels good to be alive
Someday I’ll be 18 goin’ on 55! – 18 til I die

Anyway – I just wanna say
Why bother with what happened yesterday
That’s not my style – I live for the minute
If ya wanna stay young – get both feet in it – 18 til I die
A ‘lil bit of this – a ‘lil bit of that
‘Lil bit of everything – get ya right on track
It’s not how ya look, it’s what ya feel inside
Don’t care how – don’t need ta know why

Chorus

Don’t worry ’bout the future
Forget about the past
Gonna have a ball – ya gonna have a blast
Gonna make it last

8
I Think About You

I oughta be workin’
But I can’t concentrate
I oughta be sleepin’
‘steada stayin’ up late
When I oughta be doing all the things I should do
I think about you

I oughta be writin’
But I can’t find the song
Just sittin’ here driftin’ – driftin’ along
There’s only one thing that I wanna do
And that’s think about you

Chorus

I think about you – I can’t get no rest
I think about you – there ain’t no one else
It’s all I can do – I can’t help myself
Ya – I think about you

I could go cruisin’
But I’ve had enough
I could go drinkin’
But I can’t stand the stuff
It just don’t do me like it used to do
I’d rather think about you

9
The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You

I don’t look good in no Armani Suits
No Gucci shoes – or designer boots
I’ve tried the latest lines from A to Z
But there’s just one thing that looks good on me

The only thing I want
The only thing I need
The only thing I choose
The only thing that looks good on me…is you

I’m not satisfied with Versace style
Put those patent leather pants – in the circular file
Sometimes I think – I might be lookin’ good
But there’s only one thing that fits me like it should

The only thing I want
The only thing I need
The only thing I choose
The only thing that looks good on me…is you

Ya it’s you – it could only be you
Nobody else will ever do
Ya baby it’s you – that I stick to
Ya we stick like glue…

10
If Ya Wanna Be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good/Let's Make A Night To Remember

If Ya Wanna Be Bad (Ya Gotta Be Good)
She gotta nasty reputation and a talent for sin
She’s the kinda trouble – I like to be in
I wanna be her lover – I wanna be her slave
She’s the kinda woman makes me wanna misbehave
She said “I’ll give ya what you want boy – lets make it understood
If ya wanna be bad – ya gotta be good”

She’s say’s “There’ll be no lyin’ – no foolin’ around
No seven day weekends – no nights on the town
That’s the way I want it – that’s the way it’s gotta be
If yer lookin’ for trouble – better get it from me
So get on your knees boy – and do what you should
If you wanna be bad you gotta be good”

She makes the laws – she calls the shots
Do what she wants if ya want what she’s got
Can’t have it both ways – ya gotta choose
She can give ya the rhythm – or she can give ya the blues

Well – if you want sugar better bring it on home
Better keep it in the kitchen cause that’s where it belongs
Ya gotta make her happy boy – just take it from me
Or you’ll never get none of that T.L.C.
If you’re tryin’ to get lucky better knock on wood
But if you wanna be bad ya gotta be good
She said “I’ll give ya what you want boy – but lets make it understood
If ya wanna be bad – ya gotta be good
So get on your knees – and do what you should
If you wanna be bad you gotta be good”

Let’s Make A Night To Remember

lets make a night – to remember
from january – to december
lets make love – to excite us
a memory – to ignite us
lets make honey baby – soft and tender
lets make sugar darlin’ – sweet surrender
lets make a night – to remember – all life long

11
A Little Love

some people walk the straight and narrow and some walk the rocky road
some get the silver spoon and some get the heavy load
there’s a man in a paper box he smiles whenever we walk by
we just walk a little faster and say “there but for the grace of God go i”
but a little love – just a little love – a little love can change it all

i’ve been up and down this hiway and I ain’t seen a road sign yet
it’s a cold hard world – baby – and you gotta hang on to what you get
i don’t believe in miracles but that don’t mean they don’t come true
i may not get to heaven but i get a little closer when i’m with you
but a little love – just a little love – a little love can change it all

well I get a little tired walkin down the street
people on my side – everyone I meet
but they don’t know what’s on my mind
and they don’t know that they might find
a little love – just a little love – a little love can change it all

right when you think you don’t need love is when you need it most
even if you got the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost
there’s more to truth baby than what we know is true
ya we wander round in the darkness
but every now and then a little light shines thru
and a little love – just a little love – a little love can change it all

12
Heaven

Written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance 1983

Oh – thinkin’ about all our younger years
There was only you and me
We were young and wild and free
Now nothin’ can take you away from me
We’ve been down that road before
But that’s over now
You keep me comin’ back for more

Baby you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it here in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven

Oh – once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you’re feelin’ down
Ya-nothin’ could change what you mean to me
Oh there’s lots that I could say
But just hold me now
Cause our love will light the way

Chorus

I’ve been waitin’ for so long
For somethin’ to arrive
For love to come along
Now our dreams are comin’ true
Through the good times and the bad
Ya – I’ll be standin’ there by you

13
I'll Always Be Right There

i swear to you – i will always be there for you – theres nothin i wont do
i promise you – all my life i will live for you – we will make it through
forever – we will be
together – you and me
oh n when i hold ya – nothin can compare
with all of my heart – ya know ill always be – right there

i believe in us – nothin else could ever mean so much – youre the one i trust
our time has come – were not two people – now – we are one – ya youre second to none
forever – we will be
together – a family
the more i get to know ya – nothin can compare
with all of my heart – ya know ill always be – right there

forever – we will be
together – just you and me
the more i get to know ya – the more i really care
with all of my heart – ya know ill always be
ya know i really love ya – ya nothin can compare
for all of my life – ya know ill always be – right there

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vocals, guitar, dobro & harmonica- ba

guitar, mandolin, dobro, slide guitar & vocal harmonies- keith scott

bass & vocal harmonies- dave taylor

piano, organ & accordion- tommy mandel

piano & organ: patrick leonard

drums & vocal harmonies- mickey curry

percussion & vocal harmonies- danny cummings

uilleann pipes and low whistles- davy spillane

strings arranged and conducted by michael kamen

students of the juiliard school of music who performed in the orchestra:

(violins) angella ahn (solo violin) cornelius dufallo, ani gregorian, ara gregorian, lyris hung amy kauffman, jennier newll, james tsao, (violas) ed malave, tania halko, alejandra mahave, (cello) darrett adkins, maria ahn, raphael bell, nina lee, (bass) peter donovan

strings coordinated by jesse levy

assistant string arrangers: scott starrett, tom nazeli, douglas quint


produced and arranged by patrick leonard and ba


recorded completely live at the hammerstein ballroom, nyc

26 september, 1997

recorded by remote recording services, inc.

engineered by dave hewitt and bob clearmountain/ assistant engineer: phil gitomer

mixed by bob clearmoutain

assisted by olle romo, phil western, chris potter and dean maher

technical assistant: ron vermeulen

mixed at warehouse studio, vancouver, canada

(mail@warehousestudio.com)

mastered by bob ludwig at gateway


production manager: val dauksts

stage manager: toe proedael

live sound mix engineer: jody perpick

guitar tech for ba: lance stadnyk

guitar tech for keith: rick Salazar

drum tech for mickey and danny: lorne wheaton

keyboard tech for tommy and patrick: dennis fitzmartin

moniot mixer: glen collette

tour manager: chris chapel

chef: manu luyton


for mtv:

producer: alex coletti

co-producer: jac benson

director: milt lage

series creators: robert small and jim burns

line producer: jacquline french

lighting director: alan branton

set designer: tom mcphilips


special thanks from bryan and bruce to tom freston, judy mcgrath, andy schuon, and van toffler from mtv also to brian diamond for staying on me for many years to do this!


management: bruce allen


art direction/design: greg ross/ sandra brummels/ tom oquinn

photography: danny clinch


badams music limited is administered by sony atv music

publishing worldwide


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