During the afternoon of October 26, 1976, Trish Campo, former chief administrator of Brother Studios recalled Brian at the studio sitting at a hammond B3 organ, absently gazing at the giant circular stained glass window over him depicting planets and stars. Later that afternoon, Campo heard "Solar System" coming out of the studio.
The song uses a triple meter, a trait reminiscent of the 1968 Friends album and contains flashes of choral brilliance.[according to whom?] The subject and lyrics are amateurish and the song is quirky and baffling, but it is ultimately endearing.[according to whom?]