You Still Believe in Me (2:28)

Cover of Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys

From Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys and 9 other releases

“You Still Believe in Me” is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their 1966 album Pet Sounds. It is the second track on the album. The song was composed and produced by Brian Wilson with the lyrics by Tony Asher. This was the first song on Pet Sounds to which Asher wrote lyrics. The lead vocal was sung by Brian Wilson. The song was originally titled “In My Childhood” and a bicycle horn and bell from “In My Childhood” can be heard at the end of the song because they could not be edited out of the final track. This song “compositionally embodies the unique manner in which Brian writes his music. In a sense, Brian created a new way of using the scale. His progressions are always going up, then pausing before they go up again, like they’re going towards God.” In the mono version of the song, the lead is shared by Brian and Carl Wilson. The new stereo version, due to inability to locate the source material for Carl’s vocal overdub, has only a single-tracked lead by Brian.

To achieve the unique sound in the introduction, Tony Asher explains that “one of us had to get inside the piano to pluck the strings, while the other guy had to be at the keyboard pushing the notes so that they would ring.” Brian in 1966 explained that this song is “A little ‘Boys Choir’-type song with me doing the soprano. Very, very spiritual.”

This song has been covered by M. Ward and also appears on the Beach Boys’ In Concert album. Brian recorded this song for his 2002 album Pet Sounds Live.

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