Lady Lynda

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"Lady Lynda"
Lady Lynda artwork.jpg
Single by the Beach Boys
from the album L.A. (Light Album)
B-side"Full Sail"
ReleasedJune 1979
RecordedJuly–November 1978
GenreSymphonic rock
Songwriter(s)Alan Jardine
Ron Altbach
Producer(s)Bruce Johnston
The Beach Boys
James William Guercio
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Good Timin'"
"Lady Lynda"
"It's a Beautiful Day"
L.A. (Light Album) track listing
10 tracks
Side one
  1. "Good Timin'"
  2. "Lady Lynda"
  3. "Full Sail"
  4. "Angel Come Home"
  5. "Love Surrounds Me"
  6. "Sumahama"
Side two
  1. "Here Comes the Night"
  2. "Baby Blue"
  3. "Goin' South"
  4. "Shortenin' Bread"

"Lady Lynda" is a song written by vocalist/guitarist Al Jardine and keyboard player Ron Altbach for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released on the band's 1979 album L.A. (Light Album). Its melody is based on "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J. S. Bach.

The opening harpsichord is played by Sterling Smith. The lyrics to the song refer to Jardine's then-wife, Lynda Jardine. After the two divorced, the song was rewritten as "Lady Liberty", a tribute to the Statue of Liberty.

The song hit #6 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It also reached No. 39 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.[2] The song was edited for single release with the single version dropping the harpsichord introduction present on the album version.


unknown - electric piano[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 48. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 29.
  3. ^,22884.25.html

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