In My Room

Bill Medley, Phil Everly, Brian Wilson

About In My Room

"In My Room" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 album Surfer Girl. It was also released as the B-side of the "Be True to Your School" single. The single peaked at number 23 in the U. S. (the A-side peaked at number 6, for a two-sided top-40) and was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. "In My Room" was ranked number 212 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  


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There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

Now it's dark and I'm alone
But I won't be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room

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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: Eric William Martin, Gary L. Usher, Brian Wilson, Michelle Patricia Gayle

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20 facts about this song

Creation and Inspiration
"In My Room" is a song that was written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the rock band, The Beach Boys. Wilson was greatly inspired by his personal sanctuary, his bedroom, where he penned the lyrics of this masterpiece. This distinctly personal approach to songwriting would become a major influence in their music.
Release date
The song was released on October 14, 1963, as the B-side to the Beach Boys' "Be True to Your School." It originally appeared on their 1963 album "Surfer Girl."
Chart performance
"In My Room" was not marketed as a single in the United States, but still charted at number 23 on the Billboard charts.
Critical acclaim
The song is praised for its tender lyrics and hymn-like quality, with many considering it a highlight in the Beach Boys discography. It continues to be hailed for its deep and reflective lyrics that open up a conversation about mental health.
Cover versions
Numerous artists have covered 'In My Room' such as Lisa Loeb, Neil Young, David Crosby and Emmylou Harris. The song proves influential, remaining a favorite for music artists to reinterpret.
The song was included in the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999, BMI named "In My Room" as one of the top 100 songs of the century.
Relationship with Brian Wilson’s Mental Health
Many interpretations suggest that the song's lyrics reflect on Brian Wilson's struggles with his mental health. This song was a sign of the personal struggles Wilson was going through, and how he eventuality came to incorporate these issues into his music.
Usage in Culture
The song has been used in various TV shows and movies over the years, such as "The Regular Show" and "Friends with Benefits," further solidifying its cultural impact.
The song was recorded in two different studios — Western Studios and Capitol. Its recording was completed on July 16, 1963.
Brian Wilson's solo version
In 1998, on his Solo Imagination tour, Brian Wilson performed a live version of "In My Room" which was later released as a part of his live album "Live at the Roxy Theatre" in the year 2000.
Release Details
"In My Room" was originally released by The Beach Boys in 1963 as part of their album, "Surfer Girl."
The song was written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher. Wilson is a founding member of The Beach Boys, while Usher was a songwriter and record producer who often collaborated with the band.
Cover Versions
Over time, "In My Room" has been covered by numerous artists in various genres, making it a versatile classic. Some notable covers include those by Tammy Wynette, Neil Young, and Jonny Lang.
Emotional Depth
Despite its simple melody, "In My Room" is deeply emotional, reflecting Wilson's feelings of loneliness and longing. It's often recognized as one of his most personal and autobiographical songs.
Grammy Hall of Fame
In 1999, "In My Room" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, acknowledging its lasting significance in the music industry.
Brian Wilson's Solo Version
In addition to the Beach Boys' version, Brian Wilson also released a solo version on his live album "Live at the Roxy Theatre" in 2000.
Therapeutic Value
Over time, Wilson's music has been found to have therapeutic qualities for people grappling with similar struggles, and "In My Room" is no exception. Many have found comfort in its lyrics and melodies.
Song Inspiration
The song reflects Brian Wilson’s love for his room, which he considered a haven from the difficulties he faced in the world, including the constant control of his father, Murry Wilson.
Spiritual Undertones
Some interpretations perceive spiritual undertones in the lyrics; they find a sense of seeking solace and peace in solitude, which could link to themes of prayer or meditation.
Music Composition
The song showcased Wilson's increasingly complex songwriting, setting the stage for later masterpieces like "Pet Sounds," with shifting keys and unconventional chord progressions.

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