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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
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2005 (Paul McCartney was 63 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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

Summer Of ’59” is a track recorded during the sessions for 2005 album “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard“. It was released as the B-side of the single “Jenny Wren“. Five other songs from those sessions were released as B-sides or bonus tracks.

TitleNotes
Comfort of LoveAvailable on “Fine Line” CD single
Growing Up, Falling DownAvailable on “Fine Line” 7″ single
Summer of ’59Available on “Jenny Wren” 7″ single
This Loving GameAvailable on “Jenny Wren” Maxi-CD single
I Want You to FlyAvailable on “Jenny Wren” CD single
She Is So BeautifulAvailable on the Japanese pressing of the album

Last updated on January 14, 2021

Lyrics

In the summer of '59, dandelions shine up through the pavement
Pedal pushers in the bushes
Waspy pinges, 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 versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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

2:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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


UK Singles Collection - Volume 07

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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

Live performances

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

Latest concerts where Summer of '59 has been played


Sold On Song

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


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Rod Labbe 4 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 4 years ago

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


Martin Shough 1 years ago

Hello. Another error in the lyric. It's "waspy pinches, sixteen inches" not "waspy binges" whatever they might be :-)


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks Martin, I'm fixing it !!