"I Know There's An Answer" as written by Mike E. Love, Brian Douglas Wilson and Terry Sachen....
I know so many people who think they can do it alone
They isolate their heads and stay in their safety zones

Now what can you tell them
And what can you say that won't make them defensive

I know there's an answer
I know now but I have to find it by myself

They come on like they're peaceful
But inside they're so uptight
They trip through their day
And waste all their thoughts at night

Now how can I come on
And tell them the way that they live could be better

I know there's an answer
I know now but I have to find it by myself

Now how can I come on
And tell them the way that they live could be better

I know there's an answer
I know now but I have to find it by myself


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"I Know There's an Answer" as written by Michael Love Terry Sachen

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  • +4
    General CommentDear Metropolis,

    While your answer is articulate and convincing why do you have to be so dismissive? As we all know art can have many different interpretations. In Cultural Studies they have a term called heteroglossia. Hetero meaning many and glossia meaning meanings. Thus any piece of art can have limitless meanings. Even if you are correct in your observation that Brian Wilson wrote this beautiful song about battling shizophrenia that doesn't mean that is the one and only meaning. People bring their own ideological baggage when they engage with a text (i.e. a song, a movie, an advertisement, etc)and through the negotiation process with the text form their own meaning; even if it contradicts the dominant or intended meaning by the artist. That's why art is so enthralling and fun to debate.

    Be well
    mrbunglemrbungle
    mrbunglemrbungleon June 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf this song had a few samples playing on repeat in the background it could seamlessly fit into Panda Bear's Person Pitch. Person Pitch was widely considered one of the best and must cutting edge albums of 2007, and this song was recorded 40 years ago!
    Rummagedon January 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy father was Terry Sachen who was credited with cowriting this song. He died a long time ago and I often find myself googling his name, I miss him so much. I love that he lived such an interesting life, and I clearly remember the stories he told me about Brian Wilson. I'm glad their are things like this that can make me still feel connected to him.
    hsachenon April 26, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery ironic since he whises to help people with the issue defined in the first sentence by doin exactly the same thing. 'but i have to find it by myself'
    f.cassadyon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrain wilson....wow!!!
    poohblueskyon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song and this album are both incredible. I'm surprised that not many people are commenting on it.
    IhavegoodTasteon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the timpani on this one; I suppose it's about trying to teach people about something as profound as living without a knee-jerk isolating reaction...and such things
    floating_eyeon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentF. Cassady. Yes but the original title of the song is HANG ON TO YOUR EGO. But Mike Love thought that no one would want to hear a song with that title, hence it was changed. Both versions are available on newer editions of PET SOUNDS.
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha, Ihavegoodtaste you're funny, I hope that was a joke anyways. Brian is talking about wanting to know the answers to life, why were here, why other people think they have all the right answers on how to live. In reality nobody does, we're all just trying different things and hoping it works for us. he knows there's an answer to life and living but he also knows he has to find it by himself. just like the Dead say "And if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone."
    Lookout42on January 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI interpreted this song completely different to the rest of you guys...
    I see it as more of a 'meaning of life' type of song.

    "I know so many people who think they can do it alone"
    He believes there is a higher being in control.

    "They isolate their heads and stay in their saftey zones"
    People refuse to even try to believe because it would mean stepping out of their safety zones.

    "Now what can you tell them
    And what can you say that won't make them defensive"
    He doesn't know how to tell people what he believes because people automatically close up when the big questions get asked.

    "I know there's an answer
    I know now but I have to find it by myself"
    Although he knows there's something bigger, he isn't quite sure who or what it may be.

    "They come on like they're peaceful
    But inside they're so uptight
    They trip through their day
    And waste all their thoughts at night"
    Basically, society is just falling through their days with no real purpose, pretending everything is all right when it isn't.
    And the rest is pretty straight forward.
    FagMongeron August 13, 2010   Link

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