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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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Where did your long hair go?
Where is the girl I used to know?
How could you lose that happy glow?
Oh, Caroline no

The Beach Boys - Caroline, No Lyrics

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  • Beautiful music right here
  • even the "no" in the title is sweet...
  • how can this be emo if I didn't cringe listening to it
  • Wow, I didn't know the first emo track came out in 1966. Wilson was ahead of the times.
  • I'm sorry.
  • There's an unnatural, pristine scything shine blasting through this deceptively simple serenade alright.
  • 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.
  • How could you lose that happy glow?
  • Dat 1973 live version [2]
  • ut0
    also if these harmonies are "insane" I am genuinely curious as to how you would rate Messiaen for example

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