My Brian Wilson Tribute

The early Beach Boys songs I heard I sort of liked and was irritated by at the same time. There was some “fun” in the likes of Fun Fun Fun and I Get Around but when you heard them with those high harmonies played constantly through the speakers of a tinny transistor they grated – especially when you considered yourself a super-cool 14 year old into The Mothers and Doors and Country Joe. Good Vibrations of course was just sensational, counter culture hip and pop at the same time. Heroes and Villains was cool too. But then in 1971 I read a Melody Maker article by Richard Williams in which he hailed Pet Sounds as a masterpiece. As I respected RW immensely I asked my mum to bring back a copy on her next trip to Bali where records were super cheap. She came back with a bunch. I don’t remember too many of the others, maybe Mathews Southern Comfort and the Fairports but really, one record was all I needed. Wow. It was such a beautiful album. Surfs Up was next with some standouts. From then on Brian Wilson’s songwriting has been an inspiration to me. I’ve written a couple of songs especially, just to say `thanks for your music’. Brian’s Song was written late 70s and California Nights late 80s when he wasn’t doing so well and we all thought we’d never see him again, and maybe never hear from him again. Thank God we have. His State Theatre (Sydney) concert in his comeback tour was the most emotionally intense and joyous I have ever been to. He missed notes, he re-started songs but it only enhanced the experience. Anyway, following in that tradition too here’s a rough version of Brian’s Song. With lyrics following. https://youtu.be/xkRys9FgxeI

BRIAN’S SONG (dave warner)

I didn’t love you first off but gradually I sort of

Realized how nobody else could ever move me like you

I am a coast man – I understand more than most men

Woodies and bunnies and hot clear days

Driving down the coast there’s something about the sun

Good friends a coke, window down and the radio on

Summer is healing, summer is cure

Summer is special and summer is those songs of yours

Brian you talk to me (Brian you talk to me)

Even though I’m half-a-world away

Still your music talks to me

In its very special sort of way

When I’m alone at night (when I’m alone at night)

When the swimming pool is glistening blue

Still your music talks to me

Helps me in things I’m going through

Driving down the coast there’s something about the sun

Good friends a coke window down and radio on

Summer is healing summer is cure

Summer is special and summer is those songs of yours

Brian you talk to me (Brian you talk to me)

Even though I’m half-a-world away

Still your music talks to me

In its very special sort of way

When I’m alone at night (when I’m alone at night)

When the swimming pool is glistening blue

Still your music talks to me

Helps me in things I’m going through

1 Comment on My Brian Wilson Tribute

  1. You & the band in 1977 playing ‘Forever’ was always a joy, sort of a farewell song to one of my girlfriends, Liked the way you made the song your own.

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