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“Canvas the town and brush the backdrop…”

"I Waited 42 Years"

Brian Wins A Grammy [Feb. 13 2005]

On  the 13th of February 2005 Brian finally won a Grammy, something, as he said, he'd waited 42 years to achieve, he said, in his usual forthright honest way, "I waited 42 years for this Grammy and it was well worth the wait. It represents triumph and achievement in music that I feel that I deserved, and I'm really glad I won." We here at The Brian Wilson Legacy couldn't agree more, this is anaward that was long overdue. What follows, on this page are thoughts, lyrics and links to them, as well as a sampling of the lyrics from SMiLE. The album truly is all it promised to be, and yes, it too was worth the wait....

Surf's Up
Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks

A diamond necklace played the pawn.
Hand in hand, some drummed along
to a handsome mannered baton.

A blind class aristocracy.
Back through the op’ra glass you see
the pit and the pendulum drawn.

Columnated ruins domino!

Canvas the town and brush the back-drop.
Are you sleeping?

Hung velvet over taking me.
Dim chandelier awaken me.
To a song dissolved in the dawn.

The music-hall – A costly bow.
The music all is lost for now,
to a muted trumpeter swan.

Columnated ruins domino!

Canvas the town and brush the back-drop.
Are you sleeping? Brother John?

Dove nested towers-
the hour was strike the street, quicksilver moon.

Carriage across the fog-two-step to
lamplight cellar tune.

The laughs come hard
in Auld Lang Syne.

The glass was raised, the fired-roast.
The fullness of the wine.
A dim last toasting.
While at Port, adieu or die.

A choke of grief, heart-hardened eye,
beyond belief, a broken man too tough to cry.

Surf’s Up! Aboard a tidal wave.
Come about hard and join the young
and often spring you gave.
 
I heard the word. Wonderful thing! A children’s song.
A children’s song – have you listened as they play? (Child - the child, Father of the man Child - the child, Father of the man.)
Their song is love and the children know the way. (Child - the child, Father of the man Child - the child, Father of the man.)
A children’s song – have you listened as they play? (Child - the child, Father of the man Child - the child, Father of the man.)
Their song is love and the children know the way. (Child - the child, Father of the man Child - the child,
Father of the man.)
A child

SMiLE Live

live from Carnegie Hall
brought to you by NPR and
its series Creators at Carnegie.
not just SMiLE, but selections
from The Beach Boys catalogue too.
a truly amazing internet find!

Creators @ Carnegie [NPR]
.

an article on the resurrection
of SMiLE. from the
NPR archives,with links
to other related articles

an interview with
Wondermint vocalist/vibes/keyboardist
Darian Sahanaja

Everything you wanted to know
about the SMiLE double LP and more!

the Rolling Stone review
of SMiLE

Musicologist Matthew Greenwald
explains the history of
Brian Wilson's SMiLE album
 

the continuation of
this remarkable article
 

the webpage at
Nonesuch Records

SMiLE for the day

if its on vinyl it'll show up here, SMiLE included