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I went on YouTube looking for the original video for this song, but instead I found this wonderful video. I wanted to dedicate this song to my son.

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
Song lyrics by John Lennon

Close your eyes,
Have no fear,
The monsters gone,
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Before you go to sleep,
Say a little prayer,
Every day in every way,
It’s getting better and better,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,
Darling,
Darling,
Darling Sean.

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Here is the original version of When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) by the Beach Boys. Maybe Chano from the 3rd World House blog can do an analysis of this song just like did for Prince’s I Would Die 4 U. He wrote a very good post about songwriting. I urge you to check it out here.

I love this song for many reasons. It is so simple yet very complex. I love the harmonies. Its like a symphony of voices, all fighting in sync to be heard. I love the sound. I love the falsetto voices. I love the lyrics, especially now with what is happening in my life. The lyrics are sweet, short, and profound. A thought from youth–how will I be when I grow up? What kind of man will I be? What will my kids think of me? And finally, an acknowledgment that time marches on and won’t last forever.

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“When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)”

when i grow up to be a man
will i dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?
will i look back and say that i wish i hadn’t done what i did?
will i joke around and still dig those sounds
when i grow up to be a man?

will i look for the same things in a woman that i dig in a girl?
will i settle down fast or will i first wanna travel the world?
now i’m young and free, but how will it be
when i grow up to be a man?

will my kids be proud or think their old man is really a square?
when they’re out having fun yeah, will i still wanna have my share?
will i love my wife for the rest of my life
when i grow up to be a man?

what will i be when i grow up to be a man?

won’t last forever
it’s kind of sad
won’t last forever
it’s kind of sad

– Brian Wilson