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The song may have been inspired by a former girlfriend of lyricist Tony Asher, who had moved to New York and cut her hair. In high school, Wilson became obsessed with Carol Mountain, a classmate and unrequited love interest.

The song was initially written as "Carol, I Know". When spoken, however, Brian Wilson heard this as "Caroline, No." After the confusion was resolved, the pair decided to keep the new title, feeling that it brought a poignant earnestness to… read more

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  • Avatar for AceHaley92
    Beautiful music right here
  • Avatar for tumultodevozes
    even the "no" in the title is sweet...
  • Avatar for CatalystDM
    how can this be emo if I didn't cringe listening to it
  • Avatar for nospr
    Wow, I didn't know the first emo track came out in 1966. Wilson was ahead of the times.
  • Avatar for carolwithcoffee
    I'm sorry.
  • Avatar for corpsetastic
    There's an unnatural, pristine scything shine blasting through this deceptively simple serenade alright.
  • Avatar for liquidnature
    perfect closer... hypnotic lullaby that at once sends you adrift into open space, and pulls the album back around to its starting point "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Just one part of its genius I think.
  • Avatar for moisesbs3008
    How could you lose that happy glow?
  • Avatar for Lowbacca
    Dat 1973 live version [2]
  • Avatar for ut0
    also if these harmonies are "insane" I am genuinely curious as to how you would rate Messiaen for example

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