God Only Knows
The Beach Boys Lyrics


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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

God only knows what I'd be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though 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
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 without you)
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 without you)
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 without you)
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 without you)
God only knows what I'd be without you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys are a testament to the powerful impact that love can have on someone's life. The opening line, "I may not always love you," sets the tone for a vulnerable confession from the singer, who acknowledges that feelings can change over time. However, they then reassure their partner that regardless of whether their feelings wane, the stars will always shine above them, and their devotion will remain unshaken.


The line "God only knows what I'd be without you" underscores the sentiment that the singer's life would be drastically different without their beloved by their side. The prospect of a future without them is almost unimaginable, and the world would hold no value for them. Their love for their partner is vital and all-consuming, and nothing can compare to the joy and completeness they feel when they are with them.


Line by Line Meaning

I may not always love you
There may be times when my love for you is in question


But long as there are stars above you
But as long as the stars shine in the sky, my love for you will endure


You never need to doubt it
You should never worry about the truth of my love


I'll make you so sure about it
I will always try my best to make you certain of my love


God only knows what I'd be without you
Only the divine can imagine what my life would be like if you were not in it


If you should ever leave me
In the unlikely event that you decide to go,


Well, life would still go on, believe me
the world would keep spinning, of course, but don't think that means my feelings for you would die


The world could show nothing to me
No matter what happens in the world, it means nothing without you


So what good would living do me?
If you are not there to share it with, what good is life?


God only knows what I'd be without you
Only a higher power knows what I would do if you were not by my side


God only knows what I'd be without you
My love for you is immeasurable and invaluable


God only knows what I'd be without you
My gratitude for your presence in my life cannot be expressed in words


God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)
Only a higher being can understand the depth of my emotions for you


God only knows what I'd be without you (what I'd be without you)
I cannot even fathom what my existence would be like without you


God only knows what I'd be without you (God only knows)
Only a higher power can comprehend how lost and incomplete I would feel without you


God only knows what I'd be without you (what I'd be without you)
I cannot begin to imagine a world without you in it


God only knows what I'd be without you
I will cherish every moment with you because without you, I am incomplete




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Brian Douglas Wilson, Tony Asher

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Lyrics:

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
Though 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

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



All comments from YouTube:

@JaceyMitchell

In 2019 my better half Jayden died of cancer. We had known each other all our lives, grew up on the same block, went to the same schools, neither of us remembered life without the other. When we became teenagers our friendship blossomed into something more. Jayden loved the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson was one of his musical heroes. He always said this was the best song ever recorded, and that no song expressed better how he felt about us than this one.
When it played at his funeral, it was the moment I broke. Because I felt exactly the same, and still do.

@ryanhaley3634

I'm never gonna listen to this song again without thinking of your love

@user-hg2ws5dt1p

God Blessed You Both....fighting tears myself

@drdogbarker3830

You were both blessed.

@simoneast2922

@blackehite1292

È dura . ..ma, portandola nel tuo cuore, lei vivrà per sempre con te....❤

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@jaddison1112

Paul McCartney has said he considers this the best song ever written ~ From one musical genius to another.

@williammclean5040

Yes, He did say that.

@DawnEvans1814

I can ABSOLUTELY agree w/ Mr. McCartney. After all, how can you not nod in agreement w/a Beatle?...
🎼🌌☮️💞🎶... 💋

@jeffsims8270

Agreed 100%!

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