Girl Don't Tell Me

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"Girl Don't Tell Me"
Beach Boys - Barbara Ann.jpg
"Barbara Ann" single sleeve
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Released June 28, 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:19
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Producer Brian Wilson
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) track listing
Endless Summer track listing
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"The Little Girl I Once Knew"
"Barbara Ann"
"Caroline, No"

"Girl Don't Tell Me" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). In December 1965, it was chosen to be the B-side to The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann" single, which would chart at #2 in the U.S. and #3 in the UK.

"Girl Don't Tell Me" was structured very much like The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride", from the guitar breaks to the drum rolls.[1] Brian Wilson stated that he had originally intended to submit "Girl Don't Tell Me" to The Beatles.[2]


The song was recorded on April 30, 1965 at Western Studios. Chuck Britz was the engineer. It is one of the first songs to feature Carl Wilson as the lead vocalist (his first unshared lead was on "Pom Pom Play Girl"), and is one of the few Beach Boys songs from the era to feature no backing vocals. It is also the first recording session that Bruce Johnston participated in as a member of The Beach Boys.



  • Seattle grunge rock band Truly released a cover version on their album, "Twilight Curtains."
  • The song appears on Al Jardine's album, Live in Las Vegas, with Al's son Adam Jardine handling the lead vocals.
  • The song was covered with backing vocals on a 1966 Immediate single by the UK group Tony Rivers and the Castaways (not to be confused with the US band The Castaways who had the 1965 hit "Liar, Liar").
  • Fuzzy, a Boston Indie rock band, recorded "Girl Don't Tell Me" as part of their "Electric Juices" album for TAG/Atlantic, released in March 1996.
  • Indie-rock band The Shins covered the song and was part of their setlist for their 2009 tour.
  • Brooklyn Alt-country band My Cousin, The Emperor released a cover version in July 2011 as part off their "Don't Steal The Covers!" project
  • Brooklyn lo-fi all-girl group Vivian Girls also covered the song on various releases including their "Surf's Up" 7".
  • A version of this song with French words was recorded by Souvenir, under the title "Ne dis pas".
  • Christian music pioneer Keith Green recorded a version of the song in 1965 with the b-side How to be your guy, this was one of Keith's first releases in his career. As well as being one of his few Decca Records releases.
  • New Jersey band The Smithereens recorded their cover for their 1980 7" Girls About Town (EP).


  1. ^ Today! and Summer Days(And Summer Nights!!) CD booklet, p.11
  2. ^ Brian Wilson (with Todd Gold), Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story (HarperCollins, 1991), 121.
  3. ^ Today! and Summer Days(And Summer Nights!!) CD booklet

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