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« 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.
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« Reply #1 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).
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2020, 09:34:21 AM »

Didn't we have this exact same conversation in another thread recently?
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« Reply #3 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. Grin
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« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2020, 07:10:54 PM »

I've always heard it as "Love me in the ni-ight".
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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2020, 04:36:54 AM »

It's the jagged guitar flourishes in the mix that always impress me.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2020, 05:59:17 AM »

Brian, Carl, Al, Mike and Bruce are all singing simultaneous backing parts (two tracks, bounced over to one).
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2020, 03:47:13 PM »

I've always heard the line as "Only in the night I pray", or possibly "lonely".
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« Reply #12 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

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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2020, 06:54:18 PM »

Lonely in the night I feel....sounds so very Brian.
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2020, 09:27:45 PM »

Does Dennis participate in this song in any way?
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2020, 09:32:46 PM »

There is so much stuff buried in this mix. This is gettin' freakin' weird!
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 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.
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2020, 09:40:04 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.

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."
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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2020, 09:47:52 AM »

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.
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« Reply #20 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.
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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2020, 12:28:10 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.
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« Reply #22 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.
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« Reply #23 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?
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« Reply #24 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...".
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