"Sloop John B" as written by Nole Edwards, Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Melvin Taylor....
We come on the Sloop John B
My grandfather and me
Around Nassau town we did roam
Drinking all night
Got into a fight
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

The first mate he got drunk
And broke in the Cap'n's trunk
The constable had to come and take him away
Sheriff John Stone
Why don't you leave me alone, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up, I want to go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home
(Hoist up the John B's sail)
Hoist up the John B
I feel so broke up I want to go home
Let me go home

The poor cook he caught the fits
And threw away all my grits
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don't they let me go home
This is the worst trip I've ever been on

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home


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"Sloop John B" as written by Nole Edwards, Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Melvin Taylor

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song has always been a favorite of mine since my parents played it when I was a little kid.

    Once on the inter-campus bus it started playing and I started to get into it and I noticed about 5 Rap-culture black kids picking on me for my "wimpy music." I wasn't going to let them ruin it and by the end of the song I had them all singing along with me.
    barfolimewon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Wimpy Music," HA! I am 18 and get made fun of because I listen to this "Granny" music. This is what I was raised on. Not rap. My parents had a big infulence on what I like.
    skylotton May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with sgrt144. He said it perfectly. Pet Sounds is definitely a brilliant album. I will go even farther and say it is a perfect album, only in competition with The Beatles great albums. It is definitely not whimpy music, though, I can laugh at that.

    Funny story. I was walking down the hallway, and had my walkman on listening to this exact song. I'm a bigger (mostly fat) guy, and walk quickly. This makes me look "mean" as some people have said it. Now, picture someone who's big, and looks mean walking toward you, listening to this song. It's quite funny.
    hydrobombon November 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPet Sounds is mostly a great album,but I cant believe that Brian could pad it out with those mediocre instrumental tracks(lets go away for a while/Pet Sounds)...it does'nt compare with Sgt.Pepper(which does'nt compare with Revolver!)
    oldfogeyon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Pet sounds album is probably the greatest album ever created. Sloop john B is one of the best songs on this albu simply because of how it starts and ends. It begins so simple and by the end it seems so complex, instrumentally, vocally musically in general. Everything about how it flows into itself and seems so effortless. However, during every new stanza they add a new sound and by the end you seem so overwhelmed instrumentally that it's hard to focus on the lyrics and the music. The harmonizing is incredible too just like in every Beach Boys album. Definitly a great song, hands down one of the greatest albums ever.
    Lookout42on January 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, i first heard it on the movie, Forrest Gump
    njrockstarbanditon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's the Beach Boys versh, isn't it? I love it, personally. Brian, apparently, didn't like the recording afterward, and certainly in retrospect, since there was way too much (and it's evident more on the mono Pet recording) sliding to the top notes. I have to agree that it exists, but I always thought that that was purely for effect. Is there a Gump soundtrack available?
    Bobo192on June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyea, and it kicks ass, alot of good songs on it. i personally like this song though. man, i just wish i lived in the same decades as forrest gump did...
    njrockstarbanditon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this whole song is a metaphore for being depressed
    McShineon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is an old folk song which was one of the rare songs that brain didn't write
    poohblueskyon July 04, 2003   Link

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