Thursday, May 12, 2005

Steve's Retro Song of the Week: The Beach Boys - Caroline, No

This week's blast from the past is 'Caroline, No' by the Beach Boys. A great lead-in into 'Hang on to Your Ego', Pet Sounds's final track, this bemoanful ballad evokes feelings of regret about a romantic relationship gone downward. An all too often occurring scenario, this song sentimentally details in music the feelings all of us go through as we come to the realization that we are no longer in love with a person who we were once head over heels for. It is this sort of universality that makes the song timeless.

FYI for you: At the tail end of the fade out, Wilson recorded his pet dogs barking wildly as a passing train thunders down the tracks, truly incorporating his own "pet sounds."


Where did your long hair go
Where is the girl I used to know
How could you lose that happy glow
Oh, Caroline no

Who took that look away
I remember how you used to say
You'd never change, but that's not true
Oh, Caroline you

Break my heart
I want to go and cry
It's so sad to watch a sweet thing die
Oh, Caroline why
Could I ever find in you again
Things that made me love you so much then
Could we ever bring 'em back once they have gone
Oh, Caroline no

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