Surf's Up
The Beach Boys Lyrics


A diamond necklace played the pawn
Hand in hand some drummed along, oh
To a handsome man and baton
A blind class aristocracy
Back through the opera glass you see
The pit and the pendulum drawn
Columinated ruins domino

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
Are you sleeping?

Hung velvet overtaken me
Dim chandelier awaken me
To a song dissolved in the dawn
The music hall a costly bow
The music all is lost for now
To a muted trumpeter swan
Columinated ruins domino

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
Are you sleeping, Brother John?

Dove nested towers the hour was
Strike the street quicksilver moon
Carriage across the fog
Two-Step to lamp lights cellar tune
The laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne

The glass was raised, the fired rose
The fullness of the wine, the dim last toasting
While at port adieu or die

A choke of grief heart hardened I
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry

Surf's up
Aboard a tidal wave
Come about hard and join
The young and often spring you gave
I heard the word
Wonderful thing
A children's song

Child, child, child, child, child
A child is the father of the man
Child, child, child, child, child
A child is the father of the man
A children's song
Have you listened as they played
Their song is love
And the children know the way
That's why the child is the father to the man
Child, child, child, child, child
Child, child, child, child, child
Na na na na na na na na
Child, child, child, child, child
That's why the child is the father to the man
Child, child, child, child, child

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks

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Les lumb

Love Good Vibrations ,God Only Knows however this is my fav Beach Boys song

Most interesting comment from YouTube:

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A diamond necklace played the pawn
Hand in hand some drummed along, oh
To a handsome man and baton
A blind class aristocracy
Back through the opera glass you see
The pit and the pendulum drawn
Columnated ruins domino

Hung velvet overtaken me
Dim chandelier awaken me
To a song dissolved in the dawn
The music hall a costly bow
The music all is lost for now
To a muted trumperter swan
Columnated ruins domino

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
Are you sleeping, Brother John?

Dove nested towers the hour was
Strike the street quicksilver moon
Carriage across the fog
Two-Step to lamp lights cellar tune
The laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne

The glass was raised, the fired rose
The fullness of the wine, the dim last toasting
While at port adieu or die

A choke of grief heart hardened I
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry

Surf's Up
Aboard a tidal wave
Come about hard and join
The young and often spring you gave
I heard the word
Wonderful thing
A children's song



All comments from YouTube:

Sky Marshall

Song meaning notes: Brian Wilson co-wrote this song with Van Dyke Parks, at his piano, inside the infamous "Sandbox" that was custom built for Brian, inside his home. Brian placed toys in the large sandbox that surrounded his piano. He sat barefooted, curling his toes up in the sand, while he wrote songs on the piano. He did this for inspiration. It reminded him of being a joyful young kid again, with none of the adult pressures to perform and produce music for money. He said, he felt a whole lot of love in that room. The writing duo of Wilson and Parks needed some verses to finish their untitled song. Dennis Wilson came to a writing session and told Brian an emotionally charged story, of how the Beach Boys touring band had recently been very humiliated and embarrassed, when a British audience pointed, laughed and made fun of their striped, uniform shirts. The story inspired Parks to write the lines, "Surf's up, aboard a tidal wave/Come about hard and join the young and often spring you gave/I heard the word, wonderful thing, a children's song".

Brian Wilson would later elaborate on the new meaning and direction the song had taken on: "It’s a man at a concert. All around him there’s the audience, playing their roles, dressed up in fancy clothes, looking through opera glasses, but so far away from the drama…Empires, ideas, lives, institutions—everything has to fall, tumbling like dominoes. He begins to awaken to the music; sees the pretentiousness of everything…A choke of grief. At his own sorrow and the emptiness of his life, because he can’t even cry for the suffering in the world, for his own suffering. And then, hope. Surf’s up!…I heard the word—of God; Wonderful thing—the joy of enlightenment, of seeing God. And what is it? A children’s song! And then there’s the song itself; the song of children; the song of the universe rising and falling in wave after wave, the song of God, hiding His love from us, but always letting us find Him again, like a mother singing to her children. Of course that’s a very intellectual explanation. But maybe sometimes you have to do an intellectual thing. If they don’t get the words, they’ll get the music, because that’s where it’s really at, in the music."

Edit: Here's the link, for you scoffers and those who are curious, where this quote came from, but be forewarned, my quote is buried dozens of pages into a very lengthy 1967 expository aritlce by Jules Siegel, called Goodbye Surfing, Hello God! It chronicles the chaotic life and the mad genius of Brian Wilson in 1967. If you're only interested in reading my quote, then you're going to have to do a lot of skimming to find it. If you want to read the entire novella length article, then be my guest. https://magazine.atavist.com/goodbye-surfing-hello-god

David Arrowsmith

Thank you. Fascinating.

kelamuni

It's a 'long read' article, but not that long.

Sky Marshall

@Andrew Salazar Wow! Time sure flies. It's hard to believe that I did the background reading and posted my comment, 6 years ago. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. For the record, everything that I wrote was either a direct quote from Brian Wilson or it was based on some things that Brian said when he was interviewed and I just paraphrased or summarized his comments.

Andrew Salazar

I love you for writing this. It made me cry 6 years later.

sunshine loveridge

this is awesome thanks for sharing sky

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John Jaenike

This seems to have the structure of classical 3-movement piece condensed into 4 minutes. Pure genius.

Fernando Maron

That's why Brian Wilson is considered the Mozart of pop

mxsxkxcrc

it's called a rhapsody

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