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Author Topic: Surfs Up - "Bygone" or "My God"  (Read 1059 times)
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« on: August 02, 2017, 02:24:19 PM »

 Huh

 Every lyrics website has it listed differently.

I swear it's Bygone but it's hard to tell  
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 04:02:00 PM »

Or is it "By God"?  Wink

But seriously, listen to the A Cappella version, it's definitely "bygone".
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 05:15:25 PM »

I seem to remember Desper saying it is "Bygone, By God" (sung) and "Michael, Michael" (whispered).
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2017, 05:32:48 PM »

Yeah pixletwin, I'm 90% sure Ray Lawlor said something very similar (having asked Brian), though I think he recalled "bygone, bygone" rather than "bygone, by god". Such a strange idea, singing and whispering different lyrics simultaneously. It's almost like they wanted fans to discuss and speculate about this forever Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017, 01:08:09 AM »

Also never been clear (to me at least) whether this was an unrecorded Smile-era lyric from Van Dyke or a '71 addition.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 05:20:05 AM »

According to Van Dyke (I asked him) it's "bygone, bygone".
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2017, 09:51:39 PM »

Probably written in '66 but just never recorded, or maybe it was included in lost vocal sessions.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2017, 06:55:28 PM »

Huh

 Every lyrics website has it listed differently.

I swear it's Bygone but it's hard to tell  

COMMENT to ericxplackis:

Here is a quote from my book Recording The Beach Boys -- Part Two  (soon to be out) -- and should answer your question.

"Carl sings using a Neumann U49 microphone. After laying down the bygone, bygone part, Carl was concerned that his voice or signature sound was populating too much of the vocal landscape. After some discussion I suggested we try overlaying Carl whispering the words in a hush, which when added to the original vocal would choke off some of the similarity. We tried it and he liked the effect. "


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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2017, 01:10:06 AM »

Thanks for chiming in Mr. Desper!

When I first heard it back in the early 70's I thought they were singing "Right on!  Right on!"  That being a very common phrase, at least in the late 60's if not the early 70's.

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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2017, 07:03:24 AM »

Thanks for chiming in Mr. Desper!

When I first heard it back in the early 70's I thought they were singing "Right on!  Right on!"  That being a very common phrase, at least in the late 60's if not the early 70's.

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