Can't Wait Too Long

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"Can't Wait Too Long"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Smiley Smile/Wild Honey
Released September, 1990
Recorded October 28, 1967 (1967-10-28)–July 26, 1968 (1968-07-26)
Genre R&B, psychedelic pop
Length 5:33
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Producer Brian Wilson
"Can't Wait Too Long"
Song by Brian Wilson from the album That Lucky Old Sun
Released September 2, 2008 (2008-09-02)
Recorded April 2008
Length 0:54
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
That Lucky Old Sun track listing
"Oxygen to the Brain"
"Can't Wait Too Long"
"Midnight’s Another Day"

"Can't Wait Too Long" (also known as "Been Way Too Long") is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band the Beach Boys. The song dates from 1967, and remains unfinished by the Beach Boys. A newly recorded "Can't Wait Too Long" was recorded for the Brian Wilson album That Lucky Old Sun released on Capitol Records in 2008.[1]


The Beach Boys version consists of an elaborate collection of vocal and instrumental tracks comparable to the group's earlier hit "Good Vibrations". It includes a melody line played instrumentally without sung lyrics, a bass line taken from earlier composition "Wind Chimes", plus several sections of chorus and a vocal middle section.

A lead vocal track can faintly be heard, although no mixes of this version featuring the lead vocal exist. There are very few lyrics. The title phrase is sung several dozen times, sometime alternating with "been away too long baby". Elsewhere is a simple couplet: "I miss you darlin' / I miss you so hard" which was evidently meant to be followed with "So come back baby / and don't break my heart", as Wilson can be heard instructing the other Beach Boys. The final arrangement of the tune segues into an R&B inspired arrangement, with the main melody sung over lyrics:

Baby you know that I
can't wait forever

Woke up and found that
we weren't together

Windows of darkness are
all I can see through

Searching the shadows
hoping to see you

Towards the end of the master outtake, there is a bass riff that had been labeled for years as an edit piece that is part of the "Heroes and Villains" suite—consult the Smile bootleg album, Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 17.


The song was eventually released in a sound collage form in September 1990, as a bonus track on a CD reissue compiling two Beach Boys albums onto one disc—Smiley Smile/Wild Honey.[2] A shorter form of the song was also released in June 1993 on the group's 5-disc anthology, Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys.[3] On the latter version, Brian Wilson is heard instructing brother Carl on some other lyrics which were never recorded. In May 2001, a 51-second a cappella version of the song was issued on disc two of the Beach Boys rarities compilation album, Hawthorne, CA.[4] This same version reappears on the 2013 Made in California box set.