Song Lyric Sunday — Surfer Girl

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, the theme is songs that mention beach, surf, or swimming, as suggested by Amy Braun. The first song that popped into my head was “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys.

“Surfer Girl” was a song by the American west coast band, The Beach Boys. The band specialized in songs about surfing, cars, and teenage angst. But unlike most of their previous songs, “Surfer Girl” was their first slow song and their first love song. It was a track from their 1963 album Surfer Girl. The song was written and sung by Brian Wilson, and it was released as a single, backed with “Little Deuce Coupe,” on July 22, 1963. “Surfer Girl” peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Wilson frequently referred to “Surfer Girl” as his first original composition. The lyrics were inspired by Judy Bowles, Wilson’s first serious girlfriend, whom he had dated for three and a half years. “Surfer Girl” is a love song, with the singer professing his devotion to his little surfer girl, and imagining a life of oceanside joy together.

The line, “In my woody I would take you everywhere I go,” refers to a wood-paneled vehicle popular with surfers for transporting their surf boards and surfer babes.

The song owes a debt to “When You Wish Upon A Star,” the 1940 classic from the Disney movie “Pinocchio.” In 1960, Dion & The Belmonts released a popular version of that song, which was around the time Wilson wrote “Surfer Girl.” Wilson song had the same 32-bar form, also known as the AABA song form, as The Dion & The Belmonts song had.

Here are the lyrics to “Surfer Girl.”

Little surfer little one
Made my heart come all undone
Do you love me, do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl

I have watched you on the shore
Standing by the ocean's roar
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl surfer girl

We could ride the surf together
While our love would grow
In my Woody I would take you everywhere I go
So I say from me to you
I will make your dreams come true
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Surfer Girl

    • Fandango April 17, 2022 / 10:59 pm

      They were the surfer song specialists.

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  1. newepicauthor April 17, 2022 / 7:34 am

    Great choice Fandango, but looking at the lyrics, I don’t see the AABA rhyming pattern.

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    • Fandango April 17, 2022 / 7:46 am

      Well, I wouldn’t know an AABA rhythm pattern if it hit me in the head, but that “fact” came from Songfacts, and I did listen to the Dion & The Belmonts song and there were similarities, so I ran with it.

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      • newepicauthor April 17, 2022 / 8:14 am

        My mistake, as I just found out that you are correct. The song “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys is in AABA form, and this has nothing to do with a rhyming pattern.

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        • newepicauthor April 17, 2022 / 3:36 pm

          I looked into the 32-bar AABA song form and that is going to be my Z post for this year, thanks to you Fandango.

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  2. Gr8BigFun April 19, 2022 / 5:03 pm

    You couldn’t go wrong with Surfer Girl or Surf City. I posted late and looked before choosing. If you had done Surf City there is a good chance this would have been my entry.

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  3. aisasami April 24, 2022 / 8:41 am

    Nice choice! Never knew about this one.

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