Break Away

Album: 20 Golden Greats (1969)
Charted: 6 63
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  • Break break shake away, break breakaway
    Now I'm free to do what I want to do

    Time will not wait for me, time is my destiny
    Why change the part of me that has to be free
    The love that passed me by, I found no reason why

    But now each day is filled with the love, that very same love
    That passed me by and that is why
    I can breakaway from that lonely life
    And I can do what I want to do
    And breakaway from that empty life and my world is new

    When I laid down on my bed I heard voices in my head
    Telling me now hey it's only a dream
    The more I thought of it I had been out of it
    And here's the answer I found instead
    (Baby baby) found out it was in my head (baby baby)
    (Baby baby) found out it was my head (baby baby)
    (Baby baby) found out it was in my head (baby baby)

    And I can breakaway to the better life
    Where the shackles never hold me down
    I'm gonna make a way for each happy day
    As my life turns around

    Come on we're free to breakaway (oh boy you jump for joy)
    Now won't you come on (when you breakaway)
    You're free to breakaways (breakaway)
    Come on you're free to breakaway (breakaway)
    Now won't you come on (breakaway)
    You're free to breakaways (breakaway)

    Feel the vibrations in all the sensations, breakaway
    Feel the vibrations in all the sensations, breakaway Writer/s: Donald Dennis, Philip Burrell, Phillips Burrell, Sheldon Campbell, Sly Dunbar
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Comments: 11

  • Pete from UkMike Love's deep sound on the end of the track adds to it a lot.
  • Andrew from EnglandMurry Wilson contributed the lyrics.
  • Anonymous from AnonymousI agree with Giuseppe that Mike Love doesn't "help" sing the verses. Also, Carl does sing most of the song, but Brian sings the line "That very same love, that passes me by, and that is why..." then Al takes over.
  • Giuseppe from Bangor, MeEveryone asserts that Carl sings this song--but to my ears the lead vocal is unmistakably Brian. Carl's distinctive voice doesn't take the lead until near the end, in the line, "Oh, boy, you'll jump for joy ...." And Mike never "helps" sing any of the verses, though his counterpoint is evident especially under Carl's line, previously mentioned.
  • George from Belleville, NjThis is classic Beach Boys.The upbeat sound,the melody,the harmony.The lyrics are good and the music is great.A very catchy tune,it makes me feel positive when I listen to it.
  • Ross from Brooklyn, NyArt Garfunkle's "Break Away" is a completely different song (although with Beach Boys flourishes in it's chorus). Anyway, this is indeed one of the Beach Boys' finest tracks -- one of a hundred or so!
  • Phil from Palatine, IlThis is a beautiful song (search for the vocal-only version) and critical to the then future of the band. I was privileged to write an article about the role of Break Away in the Winter 2009 issue of Endless Summer Quarterly

  • Vinny from Dublin, IrelandThis is a most beautiful song. I guess, to an extent I've tried to live my life by this on. It is the best Beach Boy song (arguably. It's a typical Beach Boys song, happy music and down right depressing lyrics. Although in this case, its about a life changing experience and for anyone feeling sad or depressed, it is a song for them. I have to be honest, when I read that Brian's dad had a part in this song I was soooo disapointed. For me, it is such a beautiful song that needs to come from a beautiful mind and that should be Brian alone. Not sure that his Dad fits that catagory. Anyway, I love the sone and I love the great, great, great Beach Boys. Vinny (Ireland)
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzThe song by Art Garfunkel is not the Beach Boys song.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaI've never even heard the Beach Boys version, but Art Garfunkle did a great cover on his Breakaway album.
  • Przemek from Warsaw, Polandmy favourite Beach Boys sing, even if it's not the most popular. The last single produced by Brian Wilson only.
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