Long Promised Road
The Beach Boys Lyrics


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So hard to answer future's riddle
When ahead is seeming so far behind
So hard to laugh a child-like giggle
When the tears start to torture my mind
So hard to shed the life of before
To let my soul automatically soar

But I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

Sew up the wounds of evolution
And the now starts to get in my way
So what if life's a revelation
If the mind speaks of only today
So real, the pain of growing in soul
Of climbing up to reality's goal

But I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

Long promised road
Trail starts at dawn
Carries on to the season's ending
Long promised road
Flows to the source, gentle force
Never ending, never ending

So hard to lift the jeweled sceptre
When the weight turns a smile to a frown
So hard to drink of passion nectar
When the taste of life's holding me down
So hard to plant the seed of reform
To set my sights on defeating the storm

So I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

Oh, yeah-eah-eah-eah

Hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

Oh, yeah-eah-eah-eah

Hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

I'd love to see you
I'd love to see you
I'd love to see you




I'd love to see you
I'd love to see you

Overall Meaning

The song Long Promised Road by The Beach Boys is a song about personal growth and overcoming obstacles. The lyrics are filled with references to battling against roadblocks and shackles, shedding the life before and climbing up to reality's goal. The singer expresses his frustration with the uncertainty of the future and the difficulty of staying positive during tough times. The song references the pain of growing in the soul and the struggle of setting one's sights on defeating the storm. The chorus, "Long promised road, Trail starts at dawn, Carries on to the season's ending, Long promised road, Flows to the source, gentle force, Never ending, never ending," is a reminder that the journey of growth and self-discovery is ongoing, and that one must continue to push forward, even when things get challenging.


Throughout the song, the singer uses metaphors and imagery to convey his emotions. The "jeweled sceptre" represents a symbol of power and authority, but the weight of it causes the singer to struggle to smile. The "passion nectar" represents the joys of life, but the taste is being held down by life's struggles. The overall message is that personal growth takes effort and hard work, but the journey is worth it, as it leads to a fulfilled and meaningful life.


Line by Line Meaning

So hard to answer future's riddle
It's difficult to predict what will happen in the future


When ahead is seeming so far behind
It's difficult to move forward when the past seems to be holding you back


So hard to laugh a child-like giggle
It's difficult to find joy and be carefree when life is tough


When the tears start to torture my mind
When life gets tough, it's easy to become overwhelmed and feel down


So hard to shed the life of before
It's difficult to let go of the past and move on


To let my soul automatically soar
To allow oneself to embrace life and move beyond past circumstances


But I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Despite the struggles, I face them head-on


Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of achieving goals


Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down
Breaking free from any limiting beliefs or circumstances


Sew up the wounds of evolution
Healing the wounds of past experiences and growing as a person


And the now starts to get in my way
Although the present is important, sometimes it can distract us from our long-term goals


So what if life's a revelation
The true meaning of life may not be clear, but that shouldn't stop us from living it fully


If the mind speaks of only today
It's easy to get caught up in the present moment and forget about the bigger picture


So real, the pain of growing in soul
The process of growth can be painful and difficult


Of climbing up to reality's goal
Working towards achieving one's personal goals and aspirations


Long promised road
The journey towards personal growth and self-discovery


Trail starts at dawn
The journey towards personal growth often starts early in life


Carries on to the season's ending
The journey towards personal growth and discovery is ongoing and lasts a lifetime


Flows to the source, gentle force
The journey towards personal growth is a gentle, natural process


Never ending, never ending
The journey toward personal growth and self-discovery is ongoing and never truly ends


So hard to lift the jeweled sceptre
It can be difficult to take on responsibility and leadership roles


When the weight turns a smile to a frown
When responsibilities and challenges become overwhelming, it can be hard to stay positive


So hard to drink of passion nectar
It can be difficult to enjoy life's pleasures when feeling weighed down by responsibilities and stress


When the taste of life's holding me down
When life gets tough, it can be hard to enjoy the good things in life


So hard to plant the seed of reform
It can be tough to work towards making positive changes


To set my sights on defeating the storm
Working towards overcoming difficult circumstances and challenges


I'd love to see you
A desire for companionship and/or support while facing life's challenges and pursuing personal growth




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, O/B/O CAPASSO
Written by: Carl Dean Wilson, John III Rieley

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