Heads You Win–Tails I Lose

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"Heads You Win–Tails I Lose"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Surfin' Safari
Released October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)
Recorded September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06)
Capitol Studios
Genre Surf rock
Length 2:17
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Gary Usher
Producer Nik Venet
Surfin' Safari track listing

"Heads You Win–Tails I Lose" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1962 album Surfin' Safari.[1]


According to lyricist Gary Usher, "Heads You Win–Tails I Lose" resulted from an effort to turn contemporary expressions into songs.[2] The song is in AABA form. In the A sections, the typical doo-wop chord patterns are split in half, and then repeated: I-vi-I-vi-IV-V-IV-V. The B section is a more traditional pattern, much like other songs from Surfin' Safari[3]


"Heads You Win–Tails I Lose" was recorded at the last Surfin' Safari session, on September 6, 1962.[4] While Nik Venet is officially credited as producer, some of the participants claim that Brian Wilson did the production work.[5]


The Beach Boys


  1. ^ Elliott, Brad: "Surf's Up! The Beach Boys On Record 1961-1981", page 18. Popular Culture Ink, 1991.
  2. ^ Lambert, Philip: Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, page 48. Continuum Publishing, 2007.
  3. ^ Lambert, Philip: Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, page 48-49. Continuum Publishing, 2007.
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G.: "gigs6162." Bellagio 10452. Retrieved on 2012-02-08.
  5. ^ Doe, Andrew G.: "Album Archive." Bellagio 10452. Retrieved on 2012-02-08.