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Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older?
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong

You know it’s gonna make it that much better
When we can say goodnight and stay together

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up
In the morning when the day is new?
And after having spent the day together
Hold each other close the whole night through

Happy times together we’ve been spending
I wish that every kiss was never ending
Wouldn’t it be nice?

Maybe if we think, and wish, and hope, and pray, it might come true
Baby, then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do
We could be married
And then we’d be happy

(Sleep tight oh baby goodnight
Ooh baby sleep tight oh baby)

Wouldn’t it be nice?
You know it seems the more we talk about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
But let’s talk about it
Wouldn’t it be nice?

Wouldn’t It Be Nice is the opening track on the 1966 album Pet Sounds by the American rock band the Beach Boys.
Its lyrics describe a couple in love lamenting about being too young to get married, fantasizing about how nice it would be if they were adults. This innocent love song is told from the perspective of a young man who is deeply in love and enjoys spending every moment his sweetheart. In an era when most Americans married in their early 20s, the song took a different approach, i. e. the pleasure of savoring their time in the present
Like other tracks for Pet Sounds, Wilson constructed the song’s symphonic arrangement using a variety of instruments not normally associated with popular music of its time, including accordions and a twelve-string guitar. The music contains classical music devices that are unusual for a rock song, such as bitonality and ritardando.
Wouldn’t It Be Nice, expressing the frustrations of youth, what they want but can’t have, and have to wait for, is considered a veritable pocket symphony: two minutes of limpid harps imitating a teenage heartstrings in a tug of love, growling horns, joyous little bells, cascading strings, complex  harmonies: in short, a fantasy island of the most exquisite musical longing imaginable.
Mike Love explained that Brian Wilson made him do over 30 takes singing this song. Around the 20th take, Love started affectionately calling him “dog ears,” as he could hear things other humans couldn’t. “Brian must have been part canine because he was reaching for something intangible, imperceptible to most, and all but impossible to execute,” wrote Love.

In 2006, The National Review magazine compiled a list of what they claim are the 50 most conservative rock lyrics. This was one of the songs they mentioned, claiming it advocates abstinence and promotes marriage.

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