Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby

This song is a pop masterpiece. Don’t Worry Baby was the B side to I Get Around and many agree it was the better song. The song peaked at #17 in the Billboard 100 and #12 in Canada.

This was conceived as a followup to the Ronettes’ #2 hit “Be My Baby.” When Brian Wilson heard the Ronettes’ song on the radio, he wondered aloud if he could match it. Wilson’s wife Marilyn reassured him, saying, “Don’t Worry, Baby.”

Since I’m a Keith Moon fan…this was supposedly one if not his favorite song that he would play on his portable tape player most places he went…Whenever someone tells a story about Keith, this song is many times mentioned as being played in the background.

From Songfacts.

Brian Wilson told Goldmine in 2011 regarding this track: “I wrote that with Roger Christian and it took me two days to write it. I started out with the verse idea and then wrote the chorus. It was a very simple and beautiful song. It’s a really heart and soul song, I really did feel that in my heart. Some say it’s about a car and others say it’s about a girl, who’s right? It’s both. It’s about a car and a woman.”

Philip Lambert, author of Inside The Music of Brian Wilson, said of the similarities between this song and “Be My Baby”: “They’re in the same key – E Major – and they start the same. The phrase structure is the same, the chord progressions are almost the same, the melodies are almost the same.” Lambert points out that the key change in this song is an unexpected touch that helps make the song memorable. The drums at the beginning are the same rhythm as “Be My Baby.”

This song was recorded in two 8-hour sessions. Brian Wilson often used the famous Los Angeles session musicians on his songs, but this one was mostly in the family: Brian played piano and bass, Carl Wilson played guitar, and Dennis Wilson played the drums.

The Beach Boys used as the B-side of their hit, “I Get Around.”

B.J. Thomas covered this in 1977. His version hit #17 in the US.

This song was used in the Drew Barrymore film Never Been Kissed. It also appeared in Good Morning Vietnam.

Billy Joel sang this at the “Tribute to Brian Wilson” concert that aired on July 4, 2001. >>

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo covered this in 1993. Fifteen years later he included his version on his solo Alone II album. He told Billboard magazine that this song was immensely influential on his songwriting. Cuomo explained: “I discovered the Beach Boys around that time in 1992-93, and to help me learn how to write those kinds of melodies and harmonies and chord progressions, I would learn their songs and record my own versions of them more like Weezer-style, with distorted guitars.”

Cuomo added: “I love Brian Wilson’s melody when he’s saying, ‘Well, it’s been building up inside of me for oh, I don’t know how long.’ I love the lyrical innocence. It’s just like a straightforward pop song, singing about a girl as opposed to something like the Pixies, where the lyrics were pretty abstract. And I love the big harmonies in the chorus — actually five-part vocal harmonies — and I carefully transcribed them in my bedroom on my tape player. But then I added the element of the modern crunchy guitar sound. And that’s what really helped me figure out what I wanted to do as a songwriter and a performer in Weezer.”

Al Jardine told Mojo magazine June 2012 that this was his favorite Beach Boys recording session. He recalled: “(Engineer) Chuck Britz got such a great sound on that song; the drums, the singing, the clicky sound on the Fender Precision bass. There’s something about the way the track sat. Just about everything about it was an era-change for us.”

Don’t Worry Baby

Well its been building up inside of me
For oh I don’t know how long
I don’t know why
But I keep thinking
Something’s bound to go wrong

But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says “Don’t worry baby”
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut
When I started to brag about my car
But I can’t back down now because
I pushed the other guys too far

She makes me come alive
And makes me want to drive
When she says “Don’t worry baby”
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

She told me “Baby, when you race today
Just take along my love with you
And if you knew how much I loved you
Baby nothing could go wrong with you”

Oh what she does to me
When she makes love to me
And she says “Don’t worry baby”
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby




Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

14 thoughts on “Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby”

      1. Oh…during my senior year I went through a Surf music faze.
        Reading about Keith Moon got me into it. I started to listen to all of this surf music from that time period…the book listed a lot of songs from that time he liked…I started to get these records…I got into Jan and Dean…i’d always liked the Beach Boys but I got into them more…plus Dick Dale and some others.

        Also…fifties songs remind me of my senior year …our band did the backing music to a play that was about the fifties….I know it’s odd but surf and fifties music remind me more of 1985…than the current songs of the time.

        Sorry for the novel

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      2. Not at all. That was great. Thanks for sharing. I can kind of relate. When other kids were buying music from the 70s, I was listening to all my dad’s stuff from the 50s. The only reason I bought the David Soul 45 was because it was a sweet song & I loved Starsky & Hutch.

        Past that, Grease and, Surf & Drag. I also listened to a lot of Johnny Horton & Cash.

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      3. I forgot about Johnny Horton…. I listened to Jerry Reed because of my stepdad…I like Jerry.
        I loved that car in Starsky and Hutch!

        From second grade on it was The Beatles in records…up until around 1980…the other music I listened to was through my sister and AM radio…plus her singles.


      4. Like Jerry Reed, too.

        That was a badass Gran Torino. There was a guy in my hometown that had the same car with the same paint job only, it was blue.

        Ah…AM radio. I remember those days.

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      5. My sister’s Vega with a case of oil in the back hatch because the car would burn it… that is where I heard all of my AM radio. Loved those days.
        That was an awesome car…blue or red…still cool car.


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