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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

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