You're Welcome (song)

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For the Angel episode, see You're Welcome (Angel).
"You're Welcome"
The Italian cover of the song
Single by The Beach Boys
A-side "Heroes and Villains"
Released July 24, 1967 (1967-07-24)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded December 15, 1966 (1966-12-15), CBS Columbia Square, Los Angeles
Genre Pop
Length 1:07
Label Brother/Capitol
Writer(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Then I Kissed Her"
"Heroes and Villains"/
"You're Welcome"
"Gettin' Hungry"

"You're Welcome" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was released on July 24, 1967 as the B-side of the "Heroes and Villains" single.[1]


Writer Bill Tobelman argues that the inspiration for "You're Welcome" may have been inspired by Brian Wilson's attempt to turn his band mate Al Jardine onto LSD while giving him a car ride, which was followed by Wilson circling the car around multiple times until he finally let Jardine go.[2]

The song is an a cappella chant, with the repeating phrase of "Well / you're well / you're welcome to come". In mid 1967, Mike Love said of the piece "[It's] incredible. The title is 'You’re Welcome'. No other lyrics. I don’t know how Brian did it, but there’s no accompaniment. 'Heroes and Villains' is going to be released as the first single on our new label, Brother Records…We are finishing it [the album] now."[3]


The song was recorded on December 15, 1966 at CBS Columbia Square. Other songs worked on during that date were "Cabinessence", "Wonderful", and "Surf's Up". Some portions of the session were filmed by David Oppenheim.[4]


Aside from appearing as the B-side on the "Heroes and Villains" single, "You're Welcome" has appeared on multiple other releases. The song appeared as a bonus track on the 2011 compilation The Smile Sessions and on the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey reissue.


In 1997, the song was covered by Japanese experimental rock band Melt-Banana for the tribute album Smiling Pets.


  1. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS67". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "SMiLE Site". 
  3. ^ Domenic, Priore (1995). Look! Listen! Vibrate! Smile!. California: Last Gasp. ISBN 0867194170. 
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS66". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 

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