This is a song about a guy in love with a girl on the rebound who still loves her ex. The last lines suggest it works out poorly for the guy.
Suggestion credit: Skip - Washington, DC
The song is credited as written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It was copyrighted in 1964, but wasn't used until they needed another track for the Pet Sounds album. Brian Wilson stated that he didn't like the way his voice sounds on the recording.
Carl from Apg, MdLate in the song, do you notice the (bowed) string instruments? Does "Pet Sounds" have the 1st use of such instruments on a Beach Boys record (other than 1963 "Surfer Moon")?
George from Belleville, NjA pop masterpiece,but then every song on Pet Sounds is a pop masterpiece,it is considered by many as the greatest album ever made.Brian Wilson put every ounce of his musical abilities into the songs on that album.This song has a light float on air sound with an easy melody.Another winner.
Bill from Downers Grove, IlI really got into this album in the mid 70's after breaking up with my first girlfriend. The album starts out with optimism (Wouldn't it be nice) and runs the gamut of emotions a young man feels when he is in love. Unfortunately at the end there is sadness (Caroline,no). I got to see Brian perform it live at the Chicago Theatre in '02.
Niall from Dublin, IrelandIt's on pet sounds, that's all that need to be said
Stephens Stills played timbales on the Bee Gees hit, "You Should Be Dancing." He was in the next door studio laying down a Crosby, Stills and Nash album and could hear Saturday Night Fever being recorded. Stills recognized its potential to be a monster hit and he wanted to contribute.