Everybody's Gone Surfin': The Beach Boys Lyrics Quiz



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It wasn't all surfing, girls and cars for the Beach Boys. Well, maybe in the beginning it was, but they got into a lot more. How much do you know about Beach Boys lyrics?

This Hawaiian beach was the No. 1 surf spot in the world when the Beach Boys name-checked it on "Surfin' USA."

"All over La Jolla, at Waimea Bay"


This Australian surf beach also made it into the song.

"Australia's Narrabeen … all over Manhattan …"


"Surfin' USA" is a grocery list of hot surf breaks in southern California, but NOT this one.

Topanga did not make the list.


This is the preferred footwear of the surfers in "Surfin' USA."

"You see them wearing their baggies, huarache sandals too"


This legendary artist demanded songwriting credit on "Surfin' USA" because he felt it ripped off one of his songs.

Chuck Berry thought "Surfin' USA" was a little too close to "Sweet Little Sixteen," and the Beach Boys acquiesced.


Which fellow '60s artist co-wrote the 1988 Beach Boys hit "Kokomo"?

John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas wrote "Kokomo" with Terry Melcher, Mike Love and Scott McKenzie.


What kind of car is the "Little Deuce Coupe"?

"Deuce Coupe" was the slang term for the 1932 Ford coupe, which became coveted vehicles for hot-rodders.


How fast can it go, according to the song?

"She'll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored."


"Just a little deuce coupe with a flathead mill." What's that?

A flathead mill is a specific kind of Ford engine popular in hot-rodding.


What kind of engine is the "409"?

The Chevrolet 409 engine was available through 1965.


What kind of car does "she" drive in "Fun, Fun, Fun"?

"She'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-bird away."


And where did she cruise through?

"Well she got her daddy's car, and she cruised through the hamburger stand now."


What color is Santa's sleigh in "Little Saint Nick"?

"She's candy apple red with a ski for a wheel."


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "A diamond necklace played the pawn."

"Surf's Up" isn't about surfing at all.


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "Where did your long hair go?"

"Where is the girl I used to know? How could you lose that happy glow? Oh, Caroline, no."


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "Well it's been building up inside of me for oh I don't know how long."

"But she looks in my eyes and makes me realize, and she says, 'Don't worry, baby.'"


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "Well, since she put me down I've been out doin' in my head."

"Well, Rhonda, you look so fine, and I know it wouldn't take much time for you to help me, Rhonda, help me get her out of my heart."


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "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."


Name the Beach Boys song by the opening line: "I love the colorful clothes she wears."

"I'm picking up good vibrations, she's giving me excitations."


According to "California Girls," the East Coast girls are …

"Well East Coast girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear."


Fill in the lyric: "And the Southern girls, with the way they ____, they knock me out when I'm down there."

According to the song "California Girls," there's something about the way Southern girls talk.


Fill in the lyric: "and the Northern girls, with the way they ____, they keep their boyfriends warm at night."

According to the song "California Girls," the way Northern girls kiss is something special.


Which song's lyrics did the Beach Boys fear were too simplistic for radio play?

"Barbara Ann" definitely isn't the most complicated song ever written, but it didn't seem to matter.


This was one of the first Beach Boys hits not about girls, surfing or cars. Paul McCartney called it the greatest song ever.

"['God Only Knows'] is very emotional, always a bit of a choker with me," said McCartney.


In this song, the title is sung 41 times.

We didn't check up on this, but word is that "Help Me, Rhonda" is uttered 41 times during the song.


This tropical location is NOT referenced in "Kokomo."

Antigua didn't make the cut.


Which Beach Boy sued to have his name added to the songwriting credits?

Mike Love successfully sued his cousin Brian Wilson in 1994 to have his name added to the credits on 34 Beach Boys songs.


Which song is about Brian Wilson's agoraphobia?

"Now it's dark and I'm alone, but I won't be afraid in my room, in my room."


Which Beach Boys song did Charles Manson co-write?

Manson befriended Dennis Wilson and wrote some songs with him, including the one that was rewritten to become "Never Learn Not to Love."


Which song features cheerleaders chanting "push 'em back! Way back!"?

"So be true to your school, just like you would to your girl or guy."


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