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God Only Knows
Song

God Only Knows

The Beach Boys
Album:
Pet Sounds

Song Meaning and Background of God Only Knows by The Beach Boys


At a London party the night McCartney and John Lennon first heard Pet Sounds, they composed "Here, There and Everywhere," which draws inspiration from "God Only Knows."


Although Carl Wilson's subdued lead vocal is note-perfect, "God"'s heavenly atmosphere is created by the combination of horns, sleigh bells, strings, and accordion.


Brian Wilson, who was interested in spirituality, claimed that this song was the result of studio prayer sessions. When making Pet Sounds, he claimed, "We made it a religious ceremony." The main issue was that the title's inclusion of the word "God" scared some radio programmers away.


Several songs, including "God Only Knows," were written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album. Asher thought it was the two's easiest time working together, recalling that Wilson "spent more time tweaking the instrumental part than we did writing the words!"


Recalling "God Only Knows", Wilson acknowledged that he himself had "not written that kind of song" before and explained, "I think Tony had a musical influence on me somehow. After about ten years, I started thinking about it deeper, and I remember him talking about 'Stella by Starlight' and he had a certain love for classic songs." Asher concurred that he felt he had inspired Wilson to write the song.


Lyrics of God Only Knows by The Beach Boys


I may not always love you

But long as there are stars above you

You never need to doubt it

I'll make you so sure about it

 

God only knows what I'd be without you

 

If you should ever leave me

Well, life would still go on, believe me

The world could show nothing to me

So what good would living do me?

 

God only knows what I'd be without you

 

Ooh, ooh

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do

Bow, buh-bow, buh-bow, buh-bow (Do, do, do, do)

Buh-bow, buh-bow, buh-bow (Do, do, do, do, do, do)

Buh-bow, buh-bow, buh-bow, buh-bow (Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do)

 

God only knows what I'd be without you

 

If you should ever leave me

Well, life would still go on, believe me

The world could show nothing to me

So what good would living do me?

 

God only knows what I'd be without you

 

God only knows what I'd be without you

God only knows what I'd be without you

God only knows what I'd be without you (What I'd be)

God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)

God only knows what I'd be without you (What I'd be)

God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)

God only knows what I'd be without you (What I'd be)

God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)

God only knows what I'd be without you (What I'd be)

God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)

God only knows what I'd be without you (What I'd be)

God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)

Release Date

1966

Songwriter/s

Brian Wilson, Tony Asher

Producer/s

Brian Wilson

Label/s

Capitol

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