Caroline, No (2:52)

Cover of Made in U.S.A.

From Made in U.S.A. and 22 other releases

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 the song’s sad melody.


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  • carolwithcoffee

    I'm sorry.

    27 Feb 4:49am Reply
  • corpsetastic

    There's an unnatural, pristine scything shine blasting through this deceptively simple serenade alright.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • 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.

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    How could you lose that happy glow?

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    Dat 1973 live version [2]

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ut0

    also if these harmonies are "insane" I am genuinely curious as to how you would rate Messiaen for example

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ut0

    fuck you brian wilson chicks with short hair are awesome

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Sjitty

    Break my heart, I want to go and cry...

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kaylastarkiller

    carol, i know.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • houghster27

    Pet Sounds has no bad tracks you dumbass [2]

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    "god only knows is the worst song on the album imo" Pet Sounds has no bad tracks you dumbass

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kato1984

    Wonderful song. Love the ending also!

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • VGoRiLLaZ

    CHUT UP.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BiggestStar

    god only knows is the worst song on the album imo

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Nakkinak


    6 Sep 2011 Reply

    Is it bad I like this song more than God Only Knows?

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
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    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Plaumtothashizz

    I would be so bummed if my name was Carol, considering that Brian actually sang "oh, Carol, I know" but changed it because it sounded more like what the title says now. Caroline is a prettier name anyway though

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Plaumtothashizz

    hahaha GrizzlyMike i love you.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dhairgrove

    I think Brian was on that train----the"Boys" never completely recovered.

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
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