When I Grow Up
The Beach Boys Lyrics


When I grow up to be a man
Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?
Will I look back and say that I wish I hadn't done what I did?
Will I joke around and still dig those sounds

When I grow up to be a man?
Will I look for the same things in a woman that I dig in a girl?

(fourteen fifteen)
Will I settle down fast or will I first want to travel the world?

(sixteen seventeen)
Now I'm young and free, but how will it be
When I grow up to be a man?

Will my kids be proud or think their old man is really a square?
(eighteen nineteen)
When they're out having fun yeah, will I still want to have my share?

(twenty twenty-one)
Will I love my wife for the rest of my life
When I grow up to be a man?
What will I be when I grow up to be a man?

(twenty-two twenty-three)
Won't last forever

(twenty-four twenty-five)
It's kind of sad

(twenty-six twenty-seven)
Won't last forever

(twenty-eight twenty-nine)
It's kind of sad

(thirty thirty-one)
Won't last forever
(thirty-two .

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Written by: BRIAN DOUGLAS WILSON, MIKE E. LOVE

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Lyrics:

When I grow up to be a man
Will I dig the same things
That turned me on as a kid
Will I look back and say that
I wish I hadn’t done what I did
Will I joke around
And still dig the sound
When I grow up to be a man

Will I look for the same thing in a woman
That I did in a girl
(fourteen, fifteen)
Will I settle down faster
When I first wanna travel the world
(sixteen, seventeen)
When I’m young and free
Well, how will it be
When I grow up to be a man

Will my kids be proud
Or think their old man’s really a square
(eighteen, nineteen)
When they’re out havin’ fun, yeah
Will I still find out my share
(twenty, twenty-one)
Will I love my wife
The rest of my life
When I grow up to be a man
What will I be
When I grow up to be a man

(twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five,
twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight,
twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one…)
Questions, questions
Won’t last forever
Look and you’ll see…



Rob Jontay

Surviving sessions audio and AFM musician contracts sheets, documented by Craig Slowinski have enabled this personnel list to be compiled.[1]

The Beach Boys

Carl Wilson – electric lead and rhythm guitars, harmony and background vocals

Brian Wilson – acoustic upright piano, Baldwin electric harpsichord, lead vocals, harmony and background vocals

Al Jardine – electric bass guitar, harmony and background vocals

Dennis Wilson – drums, hi-hat, harmony and background vocals

Mike Love – lead vocals, harmony and background vocals

Session musicians and production staff

Carrol Lewis – double-reed harmonica



All comments from YouTube:

david duhart

It won't last forever, it's kind of sad.

theBEASTisJJ

IKR. I just turned 18 years old.

Officially an adult, no longer a teenager 😿. I’m gonna miss being a teenager😢

Michael .Witheford

probably the most melancholy moment in pop lyricism - really simple but who doesn't feel that about being a teenager now?

KJ

david duhart 😩😩😩

Jamie Lennon

The fade out is so poignant. "22...23...won't last forever...24...25... it's kinda sad...26...27..."

Brian expresses himself in such a pure and simple way, like a child. It's honest and heartfelt. There's so much yearning in their music. But superficially it sounds happy. Wouldn't It Be Nice is another great example of this.

dagenhamdave

best bit

theBEASTisJJ

Truee

Michael .Witheford

Of all the BB moments it's the one that just turns me into a wreck.

Jackson D. Begley

Holy shit. The Stereo version of this sounds leagues better than the mono mix. This explodes in my headphones.

Jon LaFontaine

Well I'm glad mono purists on here usually don't discount the stereo version of this album. Pet Sounds is another story...

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