"God Only Knows" as written by Brian Douglas Wilson and Tony Asher....
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I'd be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I'd be without you

God only knows what I'd be without you
If you should ever leave me
Well life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you


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"God Only Knows" as written by Tony Asher Brian Wilson

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  • +7
    General CommentLot's of talk about the wonder years, not much about the song. So, here we go. It's a plain and simple love song - the title says it all. But the reason it's so good is the first line of each verse. How many love songs do you know that start with a sentiment - "I may not always love you"? This is to throw you off course, because he later reveals that actually he'll love her forever "as long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it. it's a little lovers joke.

    Same in the second verse. So many songs say how you can't go on without the other person, but Wilson sings "life would still go on". But again, it's a ruse. He says life would go on, but that it would not be worth living. Again, he flips it round. That's why this is one of the best love songs ever. Plus, let's not forget that the music itself is unfathomably touching.
    jonny17on August 18, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI get hardcore chills just THINKING about this song, the vocal harmonies.. the vocal shift at "So what good would living do me?" ahhh I can't even type, Beach Boys rule! Says a 21 year old guy.
    DCBA25on October 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'd like people to verify this story if they can, I'm taking it from the top of my head. Tony was singing this song. He sang the first line to Brian. "I may not always love you", he sang and played. Brian didn't like it. Asher found himself having to justify. "Brian, that's life. People may not stay together all their lives, and so be it when it happens". He was struck by the pure beauty of it, and, from my personal point of view, anything that's voted the best Beach Boys song by loads and loads of fans (view Cabinessence for more details) they must agree with me, too.
    Bobo192on July 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me this song IS about love. I don't think that there is any twisted, underlying theme here. Thanks to Hollywood, people seem to think that 'true love' is like some magical act of destiny. I have fallen in love with my partner over and over again over the years. We have been together since we were 15. W'ere now almost 30 and we've had our ups and downs. Sometimes we forget what people mean to us and are reminded at a later date when we fall in love with them all over again. Relationships take hard work and dedication. It isn't an easy ride. That's why we say for better, for worse. So yeah, to me when he says "I may not always love you" he is acknowledging that there may be tough times in the future, but he is reassuring his lover that no matter what he belongs to them. For me this song is about true romance in all of its ugliness and beauty.
    ThisHairyGuyon September 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis will be played at my wedding...who cares that I don't even have a boyfriend.
    jeannieon July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song ... I love the clever simplicity of the phrase "God only knows what I'd be without you." God only knows can either mean I'll be a wreck without you or can be seen as a sarcastic jeez how could I live without you? Clever words and great harmonies.
    tubesockson March 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is unbelievable. it makes me teary-eyed. i love it. the second verse, i believe, is the most powerful. he's saying that if she left him, he wouldn't die or anything...but everything would just mean so much left. that's how real, healthy love is. it's a good thing to be so greatful for someone in your life.
    catherinekson March 31, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely one of the most underrated love songs of all time. It has a SoCal laid back feel to it and the deepness is great too. You can't help but find yourself captivated by it
    Flutter49on June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwinnie cooper had moved away from the neighborhood and started going to a different school, but kevin arnold wasn't about to give up on his first love. their schools had a joint field trip to the museum and kevin made an arrangement for winnie to ride on his bus with him. things weren't the same though as they were when they were neighbors. winnie was at a new school and made new friends. there was a disconnect felt during the field trip that reverberated through poor kevin's world as it started coming down around him. they had a fight and when kevin came back to the bus he found the necklace he had given to winnie laying on the bench they had shared. this song was playing in the background as an older kevin narrated the scene, "and that was the moment i knew winnie cooper, the girl next door, was gone forever". the show closed with the ending chorus repeat playing over the credits while a generation who grew up watching The Wonder Years vicariously felt the heartbreak of a boy losing his first love.
    ohxishxitsxdavidon April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the greatest love song ever written. Period. I wish I'd written the words, because I feel them with all my heart. Paul McCartney says he still gets choked up when he hears this song, and I'm right there with him, man. It's dangerous for me to listen to this song when I'm not with my wife (or even sometimes when I am) because I get all sad and sappy. :) I especially identify with the verse:

    If you should ever leave me
    Life would still go on, believe me
    The world could show nothing to me
    So what good would living do me?
    God only knows what I'd be without you.

    Wow.
    NorthWriteron September 18, 2006   Link

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