Their Hearts Were Full of Spring

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"Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"
Songwriter(s) Bobby Troup

"Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" is a song written by Bobby Troup.[1] It has been recorded by many artists including Jimmie Rodgers, the Four Freshmen, the Lettermen, the Beach Boys, Sue Raney, the Cyrkle, and Tatsuro Yamashita.

The Beach Boys versions[edit]

The song was a favorite of American rock band the Beach Boys. Throughout their career, they performed it regularly, taking the song's vocal arrangement from the Four Freshmen.[2] In 1963, they released their own version with revised lyrics by Mike Love as "A Young Man is Gone" in tribute to actor James Dean. It can be heard in their album Little Deuce Coupe (1963).[3][4] They later released a live version of "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" for Live in London (1969).[2] In 1990, a studio recording of the song made in 1967 was released as a bonus track for the Capitol Records reissue of Wild Honey (1967).[5] Introducing the song on Live in London, Mike Love notes that it's the only song that they performed a cappella in personal appearances.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Death Discs: An Account of Fatality in the Popular Song. Sanctuary. January 1997. pp. 53, 122. ISBN 978-1-86074-195-1. 
  2. ^ a b Birnbaum, Larry (2012-12-14). Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll. Scarecrow Press. p. 367. ISBN 978-0-8108-8629-2. 
  3. ^ Warner, Jay (1992). The Da Capo Book of American Singing Groups: A History, 1940-1990. Da Capo Press. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-306-80923-1. 
  4. ^ Lambert, Philip (2007-03-15). Inside the music of Brian Wilson: the songs, sounds, and influences of the Beach Boys' founding genius. Continuum. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-8264-1876-0. 
  5. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Backbeat Books. pp. 73–. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3.