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Title: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 21, 2020, 06:12:04 PM
Does anyone out there have the complete lyrics or sheet music for 'All I Wanna Do'? There are three lines at the end of the song (in the last 25 seconds) that I have been trying to decipher and I wonder if they are included in any official transcripts of the song. They are buried so deep in the mix, intertwined with the "All I wanna do" and "My love is burning brightly" lines that it is very difficult to make out these lyrics, but they are there. It seems that none of the lyric websites have any info on these mysterious lyrics and my web searching has not turned up anything either. Many of the lyrics I see include the line "Lonely in the night I feel", but to my ears that line is not even correct. To me it sounds more like "to you lonely in the night I come" and then there is a separate line that goes "real surreal". I've tried EQing out as much as I can to hear these three lines at the end of the song but it is still very difficult to make out. It would be great if these lyrics could be identified and preserved for all Beach Boys fans who love this record. Any help or extra ears is very appreciated as I have reached my wit's end.

8/30/2020 Update:
Although I've gone to great effort in trying to determine what these lyrics are, listening to some lines literally hundreds of times, sometimes one syllable at a time, I will allow that some degree of error could exist. Maybe time will judge how well I have done in my attempt to determine exactly what these 'missing lyrics' are. This is what I've come up with:

All I wanna do
Is always bring good to you

To give you all the love I can
And help you in whatever you do

Sure as the sun will come around again to start off another day
You can be sure that in my heart and soul I'll love you in every way

All I wanna do
Is bring happiness to you

I hope it makes you happy to know
My love's with you wherever you go

Ooh, when I sit and close my eyes
A gentle thought comes in my mind

My love is burnin' brightly
Like the moon and stars shine nightly

{Note:  Lines notated with the a, b, c, and d are sung simultaneously}

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. All I wanted to do is just send a prayer to the people
c. I want you to warm me all night and know that I'll warm you too

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. Yes, I wanted to rely on you when ya just send a prayer to the world
c. I want you to rely on our love and know we rely on you
   When you're all rockin'

Ooh, let these little words of love
Become the lamps that light your way

My love is burnin' brightly
Like the moon and stars shine nightly

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. All I wanted to do is come and give to you
c. Whenever it's lonely every night I've come in faith to you
The feel, the real

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. My love is burnin' brightly, like the moon and stars shine nightly
c. Now all our love is burning bright, these gifts sent just for you
d. My advocates thoroughly ending pride, I've come in faith to you
The feel, the real

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. My love is burning brightly, like the moon and stars shine nightly
c. Now all I wanted to do is do it again for you
d. Ne'er forget to the end of time I come in faith to you
The feel, the real


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: HeyJude on July 22, 2020, 08:37:47 AM
If we're talking about the vocalizing in the ending coda part, I've always assumed at least some of that was just sort of vocal vamping without specific words, and/or just stretching out the title with vocalizations. Whatever it is, if it is unique lyrics, it's rendered into a bunch of "eeee, i, i, ooohhh" sort of sounds under that mix.

I've always dug the dream-like state of the original mix of the song, but I'd also love to hear a bone-dry remix as an *alternate* way to hear the song (though it may not be bone-dry on the multis).


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 22, 2020, 09:34:21 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 22, 2020, 10:06:24 AM
Didn't we have this exact same conversation in another thread recently? Pretty sure it's "lonely in the night I call your name," followed by some wordless oo-ing.

Yes. I put out out this same request a few weeks ago, buried in a topic celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sunflower album and I didn't get any useful responses out of that, so I started a separate topic to try and get this mystery sorted out. There are three lines that I'm convinced are each different that go way beyond wordless vocalizing, oohs and aaahs, dit dit diddy wops or anything of that ilk. These three lines don't appear in any transcription of the lyrics that I've yet to find, but they are there. BY the way, I just took the Trump cognitive test, so I know I'm good. ;D


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Custom Machine on July 22, 2020, 05:41:45 PM
None of the mystery lyrics show up on the sheet music, which ends with the easily heard lines:

All I wanna do, All I wanna do.
Ooh, let these little words of love become the lamps that light your way.
(Group) My love is burning brightly, like moon and stars shine nightly.
All I wanna do, All I wanna do.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: c-man on July 22, 2020, 07:10:54 PM
I've always heard it as "Love me in the ni-ight".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 22, 2020, 09:14:41 PM
None of the mystery lyrics show up on the sheet music, which ends with the easily heard lines:

All I wanna do, All I wanna do.
Ooh, let these little words of love become the lamps that light your way.
(Group) My love is burning brightly, like moon and stars shine nightly.
All I wanna do, All I wanna do.


Thanks a lot for that information, Custom Machine!  Since I can never find the lyrics anywhere I suspected that was the case, but I very much appreciate you confirming that for me. So that leaves me to my own devices to figure out what these mystery lyrics are. If anyone wants to carefully listen to end of the song, I think it would be interesting to hear any differing interpretations there might be out there.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: CenturyDeprived on July 22, 2020, 09:38:21 PM
My favorite part about the very end of this song is how the vocal tracks start slightly drifting out of sync with other vocal parts. This only happens at the very tail end of the ending fade.

I feel like this was an intentional creative decision to make it even trippier here, as though molecules are separating. That's my take on it, anyway.

This song deserves an entire disc of alternate versions and different mixes. It's an absolute revelation. Without a doubt Mike's finest hour. Yet I wonder if the song would have more noteriery if Brian or Carl had sang lead vocals.

There are more than a few bands who would say that the song perhaps planted the seeds for other future genres of music such as chillwave or dreampop 15 or 20 years after its release. It's ridiculously overlooked in the public eye, but many nerdy musicians know the impact this song has had. And if not direct impact, at least I would say that Brian (and Stephen Desper) did some incredible stuff on the track, where at minimum, other artists independently arrived at similar creative finish lines years later even if they never heard the song.

I want to see this song picked apart technically and sonically the way the amazing (but also amazingly overplayed) good vibrations has been picked apart.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 22, 2020, 10:06:19 PM
My favorite part about the very end of this song is how the vocal tracks start slightly drifting out of sync with other vocal parts. This only happens at the very tail end of the ending fade.

I feel like this was an intentional creative decision to make it even trippier here, as though molecules are separating. That's my take on it, anyway.

This song deserves an entire disc of alternate versions and different mixes. It's an absolute revelation. Without a doubt Mike's finest hour. Yet I wonder if the song would have more noteriery if Brian or Carl had sang lead vocals.

There are more than a few bands who would say that the song perhaps planted the seeds for other future genres of music such as chillwave or dreampop 15 or 20 years after its release. It's ridiculously overlooked in the public eye, but many nerdy musicians know the impact this song has had. And if not direct impact, at least I would say that Brian (and Stephen Desper) did some incredible stuff on the track, where at minimum, other artists independently arrived at similar creative finish lines years later even if they never heard the song.

I want to see this song picked apart technically and sonically the way the amazing (but also amazingly overplayed) good vibrations has been picked apart.

Well. lately I've been picking apart the lyrics at the end of the song and it's quite a layered onion. At first I thought there were three lines overlapping, but it turns out there are at least four lines that I can hear. They are mixed so low that it is practically an experiment in subliminal listening.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: gxios on July 23, 2020, 04:36:54 AM
It's the jagged guitar flourishes in the mix that always impress me.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 23, 2020, 05:59:17 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Jay on July 23, 2020, 03:47:13 PM
I've always heard the line as "Only in the night I pray", or possibly "lonely".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: jmc on July 23, 2020, 06:51:39 PM
I hear, "Lonely in the night, I feel".

Listen to this cover....which is damn good.

https://youtu.be/1TMOwMtdgF8



Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: jmc on July 23, 2020, 06:54:18 PM
Lonely in the night I feel....sounds so very Brian.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Rebel on July 23, 2020, 09:27:45 PM
Does Dennis participate in this song in any way?


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 23, 2020, 09:32:46 PM
There is so much stuff buried in this mix. This is gettin' freakin' weird!


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: All Summer Long on July 24, 2020, 08:50:07 AM
Does Dennis participate in this song in any way?

Yes, Dennis sings on it according to c-man and the new ESQ.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Bicyclerider on July 24, 2020, 09:27:30 AM
I hear, "Lonely in the night, I feel".

Listen to this cover....which is damn good.

https://youtu.be/1TMOwMtdgF8



Nice cover but they got the lyrics wrong - it's "My love is burning brightly Like the moon and stars shine nightly" not "my moon and stars shine nightly."  Nevertheless very enjoyable.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 24, 2020, 09:40:04 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 24, 2020, 09:47:52 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Joshilyn Hoisington on July 24, 2020, 12:26:03 PM
There is so much stuff buried in this mix. This is gettin' freakin' weird!

Not really - there's Mike's doubled lead, joined by a higher Brian harmony in the choruses, a doubled layer of the group panned over to the side, and some additional scat vocals following the first chorus on another track (which also seems to encompass a Mike & Carl response part in each chorus). The illusion of more voices comes from the delay effect. Think of it in finite 8-track terms, then it's easier to figure out what's going on.

I can't remember -- have we determined whether the delay was printed to tape?  That would be super hard to recreate on a remix or vocal mix, in a completely satisfying replication of the original, if the delay was done live to two track.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 24, 2020, 12:28:10 PM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Don Malcolm on July 24, 2020, 02:26:37 PM
There is so much stuff buried in this mix. This is gettin' freakin' weird!

Not really - there's Mike's doubled lead, joined by a higher Brian harmony in the choruses, a doubled layer of the group panned over to the side, and some additional scat vocals following the first chorus on another track (which also seems to encompass a Mike & Carl response part in each chorus). The illusion of more voices comes from the delay effect. Think of it in finite 8-track terms, then it's easier to figure out what's going on.

I can't remember -- have we determined whether the delay was printed to tape?  That would be super hard to recreate on a remix or vocal mix, in a completely satisfying replication of the original, if the delay was done live to two track.

There's a short clip of a remix in the Endless Harmony doc where there's a slapback sort of effect on the vocals, but it doesn't sound like the heavy delay from the original is there.

A perfect question for Steve Desper, n'est-ce pas?

It's also possible that in the FEEL FLOWS set (fingers crossing even as I type this...) there might be an earlier mix of this that would clarify things. If so, and if they can talk about any of that in the current "hush-hush" situation, possibly Alan B. or Mark L. have some details they could add here.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Joshilyn Hoisington on July 24, 2020, 06:01:15 PM
There is so much stuff buried in this mix. This is gettin' freakin' weird!

Not really - there's Mike's doubled lead, joined by a higher Brian harmony in the choruses, a doubled layer of the group panned over to the side, and some additional scat vocals following the first chorus on another track (which also seems to encompass a Mike & Carl response part in each chorus). The illusion of more voices comes from the delay effect. Think of it in finite 8-track terms, then it's easier to figure out what's going on.

I can't remember -- have we determined whether the delay was printed to tape?  That would be super hard to recreate on a remix or vocal mix, in a completely satisfying replication of the original, if the delay was done live to two track.

There's a short clip of a remix in the Endless Harmony doc where there's a slapback sort of effect on the vocals, but it doesn't sound like the heavy delay from the original is there.

A perfect question for Steve Desper, n'est-ce pas?

It's also possible that in the FEEL FLOWS set (fingers crossing even as I type this...) there might be an earlier mix of this that would clarify things. If so, and if they can talk about any of that in the current "hush-hush" situation, possibly Alan B. or Mark L. have some details they could add here.

Well, has anybody heard from him lately?  Is he OK?


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: c-man on July 24, 2020, 07:26:11 PM
I hear, "Lonely in the night, I feel".

Listen to this cover....which is damn good.

https://youtu.be/1TMOwMtdgF8



Nice cover but they got the lyrics wrong - it's "My love is burning brightly Like the moon and stars shine nightly" not "my moon and stars shine nightly."  Nevertheless very enjoyable.

Understandable, since the BBs don't seem to sing the word "the" before moon - so I also always heard it as "my moon and stars...".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: All Summer Long on July 24, 2020, 07:48:52 PM
Does Dennis participate in this song in any way?

Yes, Dennis sings on it according to c-man and the new ESQ.
I've mentioned this to Craig, and I don't think he's there. There are 5 vocal parts on those tracks and none are unique to Dennis, so unless he's in unison with Al or Mike (and I don't hear that being the case, those two are pretty weak in the blend) I'm pretty sure it's everyone but him. There's no tracksheet evidence for who is or isn't singing on the backing vocals beyond listening. Hopefully a vocals-only mix in the near future'll clear it up.

Edit: Far as I can tell, Brian's singing a high 'oooo', Al has a 'do-do-do-do' scat part harmonising above the guitar riff, Carl's got his mystery line, Bruce is singing the 'all I wanna do' refrain, and Mike is singing those same words beneath him with a different rhythm.

Extra edit: Isolated it a bit and now I'm starting to think Carl sings "if you get lonely in the night I'd wanna be with you [pause] oh"...? Full melody is virtually the same as "sure as the sun will come around again to start off another day."

Thanks Salty for the info. I’ll have to look at this when I listen again now that you’ve broken it down for us.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 25, 2020, 03:57:22 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: c-man on July 25, 2020, 05:18:58 AM
Does Dennis participate in this song in any way?

Yes, Dennis sings on it according to c-man and the new ESQ.
I've mentioned this to Craig, and I don't think he's there. There are 5 vocal parts on those tracks and none are unique to Dennis, so unless he's in unison with Al or Mike (and I don't hear that being the case, those two are pretty weak in the blend) I'm pretty sure it's everyone but him. There's no tracksheet evidence for who is or isn't singing on the backing vocals beyond listening. Hopefully a vocals-only mix in the near future'll clear it up.


Yeah, I've never heard Dennis in there, but someone here mentioned that they could, so I deferred to that and put him in the credits.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: bridencar on July 25, 2020, 06:19:51 AM
I tried to post the lyrics from the Sunflower/Surfs up songbook but I have no clue how to do it... I took a picture but don’t know how to post it!


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 25, 2020, 12:14:05 PM
I tried to post the lyrics from the Sunflower/Surfs up songbook but I have no clue how to do it... I took a picture but don’t know how to post it!

Is there anything interesting lyrically that's isn't commonly found in the usual lyrics seen on the internet?


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: bridencar on July 25, 2020, 02:27:55 PM
This is after the verses... sure as the sun will come around again to start out another day.
You can be sure that in my heart and soul I’ll love you in every way.
Ooh when I sit and close my eyes gentle thought comes in my mind.
My love is burning brightly like moon and stars shine nightly.
Ooh let these little words of love become the lamps that light your way.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: The Nearest Faraway Place on July 25, 2020, 06:28:59 PM
Do you get lonely in the night, I know all I wanna do


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: The Nearest Faraway Place on July 25, 2020, 06:38:39 PM
Or, “my love is burning in the night light”


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on July 26, 2020, 12:57:01 PM
Or, “my love is burning in the night light”
I think you're confusing all the different vocal parts for one line: Mike and Brian are singing "my love is burning brightly, like moon and stars shine nightly" while Bruce sings "all I wanna do" and Carl sings his line (with other wordless parts from Al, Brian and Mike). Salty isolated that part and I'm pretty sure the line is "if you get lonely in the night I'd wanna be with you." Try listening to just the left channel and focusing on Carl's voice.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: RingoStarr39 on July 27, 2020, 07:01:55 AM
Hello everybody. I created an account on here just to answer this question, although I've been a lurker for several years.

The lyric in question, which is panned in the left channel of the stereo mix, from what I can tell is this:

"Whenever I get lonely in the night I call yeah. Baby you know."


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on July 27, 2020, 12:19:19 PM
Hello everybody. I created an account on here just to answer this question, although I've been a lurker for several years.

The lyric in question, which is panned in the left channel of the stereo mix, from what I can tell is this:

"Whenever I get lonely in the night I call yeah. Baby you know."

For that part what I think it's saying is "When you get lonely in the night I come". I think it's "come" not "call".  I think you're combining it with the "All I wanna do" separate vocal part. The overlapping lyrics is one of the reasons it's so hard to hear everything.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on July 27, 2020, 03:54:23 PM
I'm sticking to my theory of "If you get lonely in the night I'd wanna be with you"... I can't hear anything other than "if you get" at the start, and I don't hear a hard c sound after "lonely in the night"


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: RingoStarr39 on July 27, 2020, 05:44:24 PM

For that part what I think it's saying is "When you get lonely in the night I come". I think it's "come" not "call".  I think you're combining it with the "All I wanna do" separate vocal part. The overlapping lyrics is one of the reasons it's so hard to hear everything.
I'm not mixing them up. I can clearly hear two voices: One is saying "call" or "come" and the other is singing the "All I wanna do" part like you said.
Anyway, I suppose without hearing the isolated track we'll never know for certain since it's so buried under everything else.
Not to mention that Carl(?) sings it in such a way that it's hard to understand in the first place.
Incidentally Mike is also singing a repeated low "Now all I wanna do" part in the left channel that I noticed for the first time while I was trying to isolate the vocal we're talking about.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: jmc on July 27, 2020, 08:57:20 PM
I still hear....Lonely in the night, I feel.

It sounds like a call response with Brian singing "all I wanna do"
And Carl responds "lonely in the night, i feel"

The "I" in "I feel" is sustained a bit.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on July 28, 2020, 08:18:36 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on July 28, 2020, 10:46:46 AM
I still hear....Lonely in the night, I feel.

It sounds like a call response with Brian singing "all I wanna do"
And Carl responds "lonely in the night, i feel"

The "I" in "I feel" is sustained a bit.
If you focus on Carl's voice before "lonely in the night" you can tell he's singing a couple words to the same melody as "sure as the SUN will come around again..." so, C4 A3 C4 before the words "lonely in the night"


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on July 28, 2020, 11:20:06 AM
To make it clear, this is what I'm hearing from Carl:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tEcsst0coh1pAPM2NclXDb0_K1kfJNYV/view?usp=sharing


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: RingoStarr39 on July 28, 2020, 08:22:38 PM
After listening again, I'm fairly certain he's either saying "I never get" or "You never get" before the "lonely in the night" part.
But the rest is still up for debate.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Jay on July 28, 2020, 11:33:37 PM
It would be great if somebody could post an isolated clip.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on July 30, 2020, 03:04:07 AM
To make it clear, this is what I'm hearing from Carl:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tEcsst0coh1pAPM2NclXDb0_K1kfJNYV/view?usp=sharing

This is the most convincing answer to me. 'Lonely in the night I feel' would just be an amateurish lyric and a poor match for the sentiment of the song.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on August 09, 2020, 05:46:14 PM
After listening again I think the first line is "When you get lonely every time I've come". I no longer think it has anything to do with "night".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on August 09, 2020, 06:02:47 PM
After listening again I think the first line is "When you get lonely every time I've come". I no longer think it has anything to do with "night".
The th sound in the sounds pretty clear to me and I'm not really hearing a v sound anywhere in there.. and there are still 4-5 syllables after the melody that would match those words


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: All Summer Long on August 09, 2020, 08:14:44 PM
This might be a stupid question, but has anyone ever thought about asking Mike? Didn’t he do this live in 2015? Or maybe there’s a clip from 2015 that’ll help because there can’t be too many effects live, unless the mix and quality get in the way.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: jmc on August 09, 2020, 10:01:06 PM
Another cover. Another using the "Lonely in the night I feel" during the fade.  Its not just me. I think it is a great, simple lyric that describes Brian perfectly at this time in his life....or most times in his life.

https://youtu.be/6TR0cL0ztSc

When I listen to the original, I hear Carl singing two different parts that collide right after the word "feel". At the chorus at the 1:30 mark, Carl does a wordless harmony, instead of the Lonely phrase. The chorus in the fade is different. I hear Carl saying Loneky in the night I feel, followed by a continuation of other lyrics or wordlesd harmony that is in the earlier chorus...with others harmonizing over it.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: jmc on August 09, 2020, 10:03:58 PM
https://youtu.be/gdOHzfx9Mmg

And another cover. Perhaps they are all wrong....I don't think so.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on August 09, 2020, 11:11:23 PM
If you you listen to the phrase "lonely every time" repeatedly you'll hear it. It can sound like "lonely in the night"; that's what I thought it was for a while. There is no 'n' sound for night- it's a 't' sound, and if you listen closely enough you will hear the word "time".  I'm now hearing the line as "Whenever it's lonely, every time I've come and given to you".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 10, 2020, 01:37:14 AM
This is definitely subjective to a point since the vocal is so heavily processed and not very high in the mix, but I think we do have to use a degree of logic too. Chances are the lyric forms a coherent sentence (this was generally their preference, even when writing counterpoint lines that were to be less audible), and chances are it matches the overall sentiment of the song.

A side question worth discussion - was this a Brian vocal arrangement or did he just sing his parts then split, with Carl figuring out the counter melodies?


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 10, 2020, 05:39:46 AM
Another cover. Another using the "Lonely in the night I feel" during the fade.  Its not just me. I think it is a great, simple lyric that describes Brian perfectly at this time in his life....or most times in his life.

https://youtu.be/6TR0cL0ztSc

The cover artists don't have access to any more info than we do - they're just guessing. Both of the covers you posted use a wrong lyric in the bridge  - 'my moon and stars...' when it should be 'like moon and stars...'. Further, many of the covers on YT and elsewhere don't even get the chords right for the last bar of the bridge - it's supposed to go E7-Am under 'stars shine nightly' - the guy in that acoustic version just lingers on E7, to very strange musical effect. The first one you posted gets it right, to be fair, but most don't - check the Antoine Diligent version for e.g. which gets it even more wrong, just going to a G chord for the last two bars of the bridge. And that's on a professional level recording.

So yeah, I'd say the covers are a non argument here - all they do is perpetuate the same misconceptions about the content of the song.

Really look at the lyrics - the whole essence of the song is that the narrator feels warm inside even though they're apart, because he's able to send good thoughts. The lyric is almost completely selfless (rare for a love song). 'Lonely in the night I feel' is nonsensical, and directly contradicts the rest of the lyric - something starting with 'If you get lonely...' is much more in line with the overall sentiment. Plus the fact that Carl's melody there clearly doesn't start on the word lonely - it starts with a C4 on beat 2, with a lyric that certainly sounds like 'if' to my ears.

Of course, a vocal only mix on the Feel Flows set is the only thing that can settle the debate at the end of the day - let's hope it happens.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 10, 2020, 06:01:47 AM
For what it's worth, I checked the Mike live versions and they dodge this line altogether. So I guess Mike and Bruce don't remember either?


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on August 10, 2020, 09:45:29 AM
This is definitely subjective to a point since the vocal is so heavily processed and not very high in the mix, but I think we do have to use a degree of logic too. Chances are the lyric forms a coherent sentence (this was generally their preference, even when writing counterpoint lines that were to be less audible), and chances are it matches the overall sentiment of the song.

A side question worth discussion - was this a Brian vocal arrangement or did he just sing his parts then split, with Carl figuring out the counter melodies?
It sounds like a Brian vocal arrangement, and all 5 are singing on the same track here, probably at the same time - Bruce is singing the "all I wanna do" line, Brian's doing a high falsetto, Al is singing the midrange "do do do do" part, Mike is singing the bass vocal, and Carl's singing this line.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: sloopjohnb72 on August 10, 2020, 09:51:19 AM
On the covers and 'lonely in the night I feel' - that lyric shows up on every single lyrics site. Once someone posts the lyrics somewhere for the first time, they end up on every site with all the same errors. Similarly, "she's goin' bald" is the line written on every lyric site for Mike's first bass part in SGB, when listening to the song clearly reveals he's singing 'she was kinda nutty.'

The line here starts before the word 'lonely' and continues for two more measures, and 'lonely in the night I feel' wouldn't even make sense in the context of the song. It's just something someone heard that got repeated, since it's clearly very hard to tell what's being sung here.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 10, 2020, 06:37:18 PM
Straining my ears but the line really is almost inaudible after a certain point. I am convinced it starts with 'If you get lonely in the night'. OP - I hear the faint 't' sound you're referring to but I think that's more an incidental click or percussion thing - the second and third times round it's clearer and he's definitely singing 'in the night' there. It does sound like some variation of 'I'd come/I come/I'd call/I call' next. The rest of the melody can be made out, but the words are mush. Fingers crossed for acapella or an answer from Mr. Desper in the other thread.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on August 10, 2020, 10:35:45 PM
For what it's worth, I checked the Mike live versions and they dodge this line altogether. So I guess Mike and Bruce don't remember either?

In that live performance I noticed that for this line Mike sings it "Like THE moon and stars shine nightly". It's very hard to hear a  "the" on the record and, according to Custom Machine, "the" is not included on the published sheet music, but I think it's there on the record.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on August 30, 2020, 09:08:28 PM
8/30/2020 Update:
Although I've gone to great effort in trying to determine what these lyrics are for my video, listening to some lines literally hundreds of times, sometimes one syllable at a time, I will allow that some degree of error could exist. Maybe time (or some nice isolated vocal tracks) will judge how well I have done in my attempt to determine exactly what these 'missing lyrics' are. This is what I've come up with:

All I wanna do
Is always bring good to you

To give you all the love I can
And help you in whatever you do

Sure as the sun will come around again to start off another day
You can be sure that in my heart and soul I'll love you in every way

All I wanna do
Is bring happiness to you

I hope it makes you happy to know
My love's with you wherever you go

Ooh, when I sit and close my eyes
A gentle thought comes in my mind

My love is burnin' brightly
Like the moon and stars shine nightly

{Note:  Lines notated with the a, b, c, and d are sung simultaneously}

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. All I wanted to do is just send a prayer to the people
c. I want you to warm me all night and know that I'll warm you too

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. Yes, I wanted to rely on you when ya just send a prayer to the world
c. I want you to rely on our love and know we rely on you
   When you're all rockin'

Ooh, let these little words of love
Become the lamps that light your way

My love is burnin' brightly
Like the moon and stars shine nightly

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. All I wanted to do is come and give to you
c. Whenever it's lonely every night I've come in faith to you
The feel, the real

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. My love is burnin' brightly, like the moon and stars shine nightly
c. Now all our love is burning bright, these gifts sent just for you
d. My advocates thoroughly ending pride, I've come in faith to you
The feel, the real

a. All I wanna do...All I wanna do
b. My love is burning brightly, like the moon and stars shine nightly
c. Now all I wanted to do is do it again for you
d. Ne'er forget to the end of time I come in faith to you
The feel, the real


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 31, 2020, 05:07:25 AM
I think the simpler explanation is probably the correct one here. They did sometimes have lyrics change throughout repetitions in a coda (e.g. Break Away 'mothers and brothers' etc...) - but more often they kept them the same on each repetition. They also never used words like 'advocate' - Mike would have scoffed at a lyric like that.

I do think the full lyric is genuinely indiscernible in the existing mix, such that over-listening will only reinforce whatever your brain has decided it's hearing. I still hear 'If(/when) you get lonely in the night I...' on every repetition. It just makes the most sense, bearing in mind the stuff about sending words of love to light the way in darkness etc. The word 'lonely' is the most indisputable overall, it is definitely present every time.

Perhaps someone could try with the slightly more 'spatialised' version from the Desper study video, on the odd chance anyone still has access to it.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on August 31, 2020, 01:29:16 PM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on September 01, 2020, 02:22:14 PM
I think the simpler explanation is probably the correct one here. They did sometimes have lyrics change throughout repetitions in a coda (e.g. Break Away 'mothers and brothers' etc...) - but more often they kept them the same on each repetition. They also never used words like 'advocate' - Mike would have scoffed at a lyric like that.

I do think the full lyric is genuinely indiscernible in the existing mix, such that over-listening will only reinforce whatever your brain has decided it's hearing. I still hear 'If(/when) you get lonely in the night I...' on every repetition. It just makes the most sense, bearing in mind the stuff about sending words of love to light the way in darkness etc. The word 'lonely' is the most indisputable overall, it is definitely present every time.

Perhaps someone could try with the slightly more 'spatialised' version from the Desper study video, on the odd chance anyone still has access to it.

Tom, you seem to be a logical guy and thank you for your thoughts on these lyrics. I would maintain though, that in this same time period, Mike Love wrote songs with such words and phrases as "ecological aftermath", "omnipresent", "emancipate", "astrology", and "transcendental meditation". I don't think it's much of stretch to think he would use the word "advocates" in this song. This was written in a time when the Beach Boys were struggling to regain some commercial relevance in the face of major cultural shifts and 'All I Wanna Do' is a song that reflects that.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Dan Lega on September 02, 2020, 12:22:23 AM
To make it clear, this is what I'm hearing from Carl:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tEcsst0coh1pAPM2NclXDb0_K1kfJNYV/view?usp=sharing


In this isolated clip the best I can figure is... "If you feel lonely in the night I'd always be with you." 

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, though.   

At first I heard "call", but I couldn't hear "call and...", so that's why I think it might be "always".


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on September 02, 2020, 04:53:16 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on September 02, 2020, 05:40:22 AM
Yeah, there's definitely not that many lyrical parts going on. The delay and the sheer density of the production makes it sound like more.

Mike: All I wanna do (straight rhythm, low)
Al and Brian: Doo doo doo's in two part harmony
Bruce: All I wanna do (syncopated, high lead part)
Carl: If/when you get lonely in the night I/I'd [indecipherable]

Then the 'my love is burning brightly' bit comes in which is an overdub. But that's definitely all there is.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Jay on September 02, 2020, 05:50:19 AM
After listening to the song carefully several times, the only thing I can conclude for sure is that different people are singing totally different lyrics at the same time, and it's very confusing. lol


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: WillJC on September 02, 2020, 07:22:59 AM
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Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: loren swartz on September 25, 2020, 02:03:04 AM
I like the version JMC posted. She’s a Canadian artist, I believe. Yes, she sings the wrong lyrics using “my moon” instead of “like (the) moon”. I’ve always heard them that way and believe the work better in the song. There must be a dozen different versions I’ve listened to recently and her version captures the vibe of the song exceedingly well.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: Tom on August 26, 2021, 05:26:48 PM
Resurrecting this thread since it's relevant again.

The acapella solves it - Carl's line is "If you get lonely in the night I'd come and be with you"


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: hongkongcrowe on September 09, 2021, 06:25:19 AM
Definitely Mike Love's finest tune in the Beach Boys pantheon.


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: krabklaw on September 09, 2021, 06:14:00 PM
Resurrecting this thread since it's relevant again.

The acapella solves it - Carl's line is "If you get lonely in the night I'd come and be with you"

 I need to have a listen if it's on the  YouTube


Title: Re: 'All I Wanna Do' Mystery Lyrics
Post by: pixletwin on September 10, 2021, 06:05:17 PM
I've always the lyric as "Black moon and starts shine nightly" makes a kind of poetic sense... kind of...  :lol