Summer of 83

by Mikey Mason



A parody of Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69," this song tackles the trials and tribulations of a lifelong RP Gamer.

This is a fleshed out demo version of the song that was in serious consideration to appear on the upcoming Barbarian Jetpack album. After long deliberation, it has been cut from the album, and this is where the song was production-wise when it was cut from the album.


I got my first d20
Came in Red Box D&D
Colored numbers in with a crayon
It was summer of '83

Me, my brother & this kid named Terry
Had a game in our front yard
7th grade, Terry found girls and
Left the game when his weenie got hard

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Hell Yeah - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best games of my life...

Well that didn't stop me from gaming,
Kept it up through high school.
Spent my evenin's behind a GM screen
lingin' dice and drinkin' Mountain Dew, yeah!

Hanging out and slaying orcs!
Boss fights that seemed to last forever...
Oh, and in those dungeon crawls
Killing wandering mobs for treasure!
Those were the best games that I'd seen...
Thanks to the summer of 83’

Man then college came
We were young and frustrated
We needed to get laid...
I guess nothin' can last forever...

And now the times are changin'
A lot of gaming friends have come and gone
Sometimes, behind my GM screen
I look at LARP and wonder what went wrong

Hanging out and slaying orcs...
Waiting for some guy to roll for treasure...
Oh and I still dungeon crawl...
But my games these days are so much better...
These are the best games that I'll see…
Thanks to the Summer of 83’
(Oh yeah)And Red Box D&D...


released October 17, 2012



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