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Summer of '59

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Jenny Wren 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005

Other songs recorded during Chaos And Creation sessions & released separetely


Comfort Of Love

Officially appears on Fine Line


Growing Up Falling Down

Officially appears on Fine Line



I Want You To Fly

Officially appears on Jenny Wren


This Loving Game

Officially appears on Jenny Wren

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

There are six songs which were recorded during the sessions for Chaos, not included on the album but released as B-sides and on imports:

Title Length Notes
“Comfort of Love” 3:12 Available on “Fine Line” CD single
“Growing Up Falling Down” 3:27
“Summer of ’59” 2:11 Available on vinyl edition of a single “Jenny Wren”
“This Loving Game” 3:15 Available on “Jenny Wren” CD single
“I Want You to Fly” 5:03
“She Is So Beautiful” 3:01 Available on Japanese pressing of the album
“Jenny Wren” (Live from Abbey Road) Exclusive download from Paulmccartney.com

Last updated on June 21, 2017

Lyrics

Mm, in the summer of '59
Dandelions shine up through the pavement
Pedal pushers in the bushes
Waspy binges, sixteen inches round her waist
And it's all in the name of good taste

In the summer of '59
Dandelions shine up through the pavement
Fluorescent socks and fishnet stockings
Dirty combs from ideal homes and girls are chaste
And it's all in the name of good taste

Good taste, nobody knew what we knew then
Good taste, look at the boys turn into men
Good taste, nobody knew what we knew then

Look at the girls turn into women
Uh, ooh, uh, ooh, uh
Look at the girls turn into women
Uh, ooh, uh, ooh, uh
Some of the girls turned into women
Ooh

In the summer of '59
Dandelions shine up through the pavement
Council houses, drainpipe trousers
Ciggy packs and long black jackets, ties are laced
And it's all in the name of good taste

Good taste, nobody knew what we knew then
Good taste, look at the boys turn into men
Good taste, nobody knew what we knew then

Look at the girls turn into women
Uh, ooh, uh, ooh, uh
Look at the girls turn into women
Uh, ooh, uh, ooh, uh
Some of the girls turned into women
Ooh

In the summer of '59

Officially appears on


Jenny Wren

7" Single • Released in 2005

2:08 • Studio version

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


Acoustic

Unofficial album

2:09 • Outtake


Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 11

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

2:09 • Outtake


UK Singles Collection - Volume 07

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:08 • Studio version


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:10 • Studio version

Live performances

“Summer of '59” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Sold On Song

Jul 27, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios • Radio show


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Rod Labbe 3 years ago

The lyrics are wrong. It isn't "Better pushers in the bushes" but "pedal pushers in the bushes." I was alive in 59, and a lot of girls wore pedal pushers. According to Wikipedia, "Pedal pushers are calf-length trousers that were popular during the 1950s and the early 1960s. Often cuffed and worn tight to the skin, they are related in style to capri pants, and are sometimes referred to as "clam diggers".


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Hi Rob, many thanks for noticing & giving the context ! This is now fixed !