John Anderson performs "1959"

John Anderson performs "1959",Live on That Nashville Music

"1959" is a song written by Gary Gentry, and recorded by American country music artist John Anderson. It was released in November 1980 as the fifth single from the album John Anderson. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The singer reflects on the year 1959, particularly a relationship he had that year with a girl named Betty, to whom he is singing the song. The "most important thing" for them was making sure the singer's truck had gas so they could go to the drive-in movie. He was drafted into the military after graduation, and Betty married someone else while he was away. He cries whenever he reads the letters she wrote to him, promising she would never leave him. He has even kept the old truck he had that year (in which the couple "went all the way"), and looking at it takes him "back to '59."

John Anderson 1959 Lyrics


Cigarettes were a quarter then

Bobby-socks and jeans were in

Elvis sang the songs that we loved so.

But the most important thing to us

Was keepin' gas in my old truck

So I could take us to the drive-in show.


I never will forget the day

That you and I went all the way

I was the first for you - and you for me.

I've still got the truck that we loved in

It takes me back there now and then,

Back to '59 my memory



Baby I'm yours

I'll love you always.

I'm gonna stand by you until the end of time

Remember all of the good things

That we shared together.

Signed - love Betty - 1959


Graduation finally came,

Uncle Sam called me away,

You married someone else while I was gone.

I kept your letters all these years

And I can't help but shed a tear

When I read the words you wrote me years ago.


Baby I'm yours

I'll love you always

I'm gonna stand by you until the end of time

Remember all of the good things

That we shared together

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