Don't Fight the Sea

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"Don't Fight The Sea" is a song written by Terry Jacks and released as a single in 1976, reaching #31 on the Canadian Charts.

Al Jardine version[edit]

"Don't Fight the Sea"
Single by Al Jardine featuring the Beach Boys
from the album A Postcard from California
B-side "Friends (Acapella)"
Released April 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)
Format digital download
Recorded 1970s–2010s
Genre Rock
Length 3:24
Label Capitol Records
Songwriter(s) Terry Jacks
Al Jardine singles chronology
"PT Cruiser"
"Don't Fight the Sea"
"PT Cruiser"
"Don't Fight the Sea"
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Good Vibrations"
(2011) Good Vibrations2011
"Don't Fight the Sea"
(2011) Don't Fight the Sea2011
"Cabin Essence"
(2011) Cabin Essence2011

The song was attempted by the Beach Boys in 1976 during recording sessions for their album 15 Big Ones.[1] In 2011, the song was rewritten with Al Jardine for his album A Postcard from California and with several of his Beach Boys bandmates making a guest appearance. Al Jardine's version was also issued on a Vinyl 45 RPM Record Record Store Day 2011 in a limited edition of 2,500 copies (1,000 White Vinyl and 1,500 Black Vinyl) with the proceeds to benefit tsunami relief for Japan.[2]


  1. ^ Doe, Andrew G. "GIGS76". Endles Summer Quarterly. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rare Beach Boys Single, 'Don't Fight the Sea,' To Benefit Red Cross Relief Efforts In Japan". April 18, 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2014.