Well it's 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 wanna 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


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

Don't Worry Baby Lyrics as written by Henry Medress Brian Wilson

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  • +8
    My Interpretation

    I think this song is about a guy who has a bit of a big mouth and has boasted about how good his car is to the wrong guys, the type who want a race. He talks about how his girl motivates and gives him inspiration for the race. However , this is not just about the race as I believe this is him trying to say that without the love that his girl gives him, he would be lost. It is a beautiful piece of music and gives a lovely representation on how powerful love is

    gideongabrielon December 03, 2015   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    One afternoon we were driving around in my new aquamarine Grand Prix when the DJ spun a brand new Spector produced platter, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby". I had to pull over. "Oh my god. this song is the best song I've ever heard." Marilyn didn't know what to make of me. I really lost my head during the chorus. Listening intently, I was amazed at what I heard... Would I be able to think of anything similar?

    Bobo192on July 27, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I don’t mind if you disagree with my reading of this song, but if you do, please provide some evidence. The David Brent-esque argument that it is “(misogynist)” doesn’t wash. Misogyny is the hatred of women in general. My reading is a critique of both of the particular people imagined in the song, as well as their relationship in the world portrayed within that song. I did not insult or disagree with any of the readings that were not my own. I think it’s perfectly fine to have fond memories of a song and limit comments to enjoying those memories. It’s a beautiful and multilayered song, and I was merely providing a reading, not asking for an insult.

    I do think that the Beach Boys are more sophisticated than most artists of their period, and at the time of this song more in control of musical art than even the Beatles, and I choose to enjoy their songs by thinking about the possible meanings within the song as well as having an emotional response to them. I was only thinking that some people would enjoy an alternative reading, and I do hope that some people did.

    Bad_teethon July 21, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This is one of the most beautiful / amazing songs ever made. In a very drug induced state I once said of the song "if angels came down from heaven to see you, this would be playing in the background" and I still stand by that.

    Oh what she does to me When she makes love to me And she says "Don't worry baby"

    As amazing as the first time you ever hear it, if not more. Genius

    originlon October 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    In addition to all of the other readings of this song, it is also slightly sinister. The narrator is obviously afraid of what will happen in the race, seen in the lyrics "I don't know why/But I keep thinking/Something's bound to go wrong." The girl, who is similar to Lady Macbeth, pushes him to race, despite his trepidation. He bragged about his car, which has brought him to a perilous situation. There is a feeling that he would like to get out of the race, and yet he seems resigned, because his girlfriend keeps repeating “Don’t worry, baby,” which simultaneously assures him and reminds him of his fears.

    Possibly the most troubling sequence of this song is the verse, “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.’" In this, she has nothing to lose. If he races and manages to stay alive, it is because her love has carried him through. If he dies, it is because he did not trust enough in his love for her.

    In this song, the narrator is very weak willed. He gets bullied into a race by people who were offended by his bragging about his car, and he stays in the race to please his girlfriend, and becomes the manifestation of her own social ambitions.

    This song was possibly the first indication of the sophisticated storytelling that Brian Wilson was capable of, through a combination of lyrics, orchestration, and vocal harmonies. It is a far cry from early Beach Boys songs of just a few years earlier, which had to lift Chuck Berry riffs to get airplay.

    Bad_teethon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It is the most beautiful song the Beach boys have ever done. It almost makes me cry with its gorgeous harmonies. My dad first introduced this song to me when I was a little girl. This song holds so much emotion...

    ratgirl4uon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    For whatever reason I think the 'golden era' Beach Boys sound the best on this song in every aspect... when they come in after the drumbeat opening it just melts you. It's like liquid summer. What a magnificent song.

    PS: The Beach Boys are better than all of the Phil Spector produced groups put together, so Brian didn't have to worry afterall.

    The Swing Kingon December 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Possibly the most beautiful song ever written/performed. Expresses such a broad set of emotions with such few words.

    dedazon February 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this is one of the most beautiful songs in all of creation. this song is fifty times as great as Be My Baby.

    goodmorningmisterbenon July 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Just thought I'd out that this (fantastic) song is about a car race. Brian Wilson was/is heavily into cars and all that 50s racing stuff. Basically the guy in the song brags about his car and gets himself into a race he doesn't wanna be in, then it's his girlfriend telling him 'Don't Worry Baby'.

    Meeon July 04, 2004   Link

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