Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

About Brian Wilson

"Brian Wilson" is a song written by Steven Page for Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies as a tribute to the Beach Boys' co-founder Brian Wilson. It was released as a single from the band's debut studio album, Gordon (1992), peaking at number 18 on the Canadian Singles Chart and number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2000, Wilson responded with a cover version that was released on his live album Live at the Roxy Theatre.


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Drove downtown in the rain,
Nine-thirty on a Tuesday night,
Just to check out the late night,
Record shop.

Call it impulsive,
Call it compulsive,
Call it insane.
But when I'm surrounded I just can't, stop.

It's a matter of instincts,
A matter of conditioning,
A matter of fact.
You can call me Pavlov's dog.

Ring a bell and I salivate,
How'd you like that?
Dr. Landy tell me,
I'm not just a pedagogue.
'Cause right now I'm

Lyin' in bed,
Just like Brian Wilson did,
Well I am,
Lying in bed,
Just like Brian Wilson did.

So I'm lying here,
Just staring at the ceiling tiles,
And I'm thinking about,
Oh, what to think about.

Just listening and re-listening,
To Smiley Smile.
And wondering if this is some kind of creative drought
Because I'm


And if you want to find me,
I'll be out in the sandbox,
Wondering where the hell all the
Love has gone,

Playing my guitar and
Building castles in the sun and
Singing "Fun, Fun, Fun"


I had a dream
that I was three hundred pounds
And though I was very heavy

I floated 'til I couldn't see the ground
I floated 'til I couldn't see the ground
Somebody help me,
I couldn't see the ground

Somebody help me because I'm


Drove downtown in the rain
Nine-thirty on a Tuesday night,
Just to check out the late-night
Record shop.

Call it impulsive
You can call it compulsive,
You can call it insane;
But when I'm surrounded
I just can't stop.

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Brian Wilson

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, best known as the leader and chief songwriter of the group The Beach Boys. On stage, Wilson provided many of the lead vocals, and often harmonized with the group in falsetto. Early during his on-stage career, Wilson primarily played bass guitar on stage, but gradually transitioned to primarily playing piano/keyboards. Besides being the primary composer in The Beach Boys, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger. After signing with Capitol Records in mid-1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits including "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' USA", "Shut Down", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Be True to Your School", "In My Room", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "I Get Around", "Dance Danc… more »

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Written by: Steven Page

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Historical Relevance
Brian Wilson," a song by the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies, was written by the band's lead vocalist Steven Page in 1992. It was named after the famous American musician and co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson.
Song Inspiration
Page wrote the song when he was dealing with mental health struggles, a topic that became synonymous with Brian Wilson. The Beach Boys' icon battled mental health issues for most of his life, lending added significance to the song's title and lyrics.
Album Feature
The song initially appeared on Barenaked Ladies' first independent release, the "Yellow Tape," in 1991. The popularity of "Brian Wilson" helped the tape become the first indie release ever to achieve platinum status in Canada.
In 1992, the song was re-released on Barenaked Ladies' debut studio record, "Gordon." It was this version that became a huge hit, reaching #18 on the Canadian singles chart and #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Live Performance
Barenaked Ladies have performed "Brian Wilson" at nearly all their concerts to date. It remains one of their most popular live songs.
Musical Genius
Brian Wilson, the namesake of the song, is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters and producers in the history of pop music, especially known for his innovative harmonies and production techniques.
Beach Boys Legacy
Co-founder of "The Beach Boys," Brian's influence was vital in shaping the band's sound. He contributed to the creation of some of history's most celebrated albums like "Pet Sounds" and songs like "Good Vibrations."
Mental Health Struggles
Wilson's mental health problems, which included depression, hallucinations, and a nervous breakdown, heavily impacted his life and career. He even retired from live performances in the late 1960s due to his issues.
Brian Wilson’s reaction
Brian Wilson himself reported to enjoy the Barenaked Ladies song named after him. He has even performed it in concert on a few occasions.
Ongoing Career
Despite his struggles, Brian Wilson continues to create music and has released several critically acclaimed solo albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of The Beach Boys and received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 2005.

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