Long Promised Road

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"Long Promised Road"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Surf's Up
B-side "Deirdre" (1st release)
"'Til I Die" (2nd release)
Released May 24, 1971
October 11, 1971
Format Vinyl
Recorded April 3, 1971
Genre Progressive pop
Length 3:30
Label Brother/Reprise
Writer(s) Carl Wilson, Jack Rieley
Producer(s) The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Wouldn't It Be Nice (live)"

"Long Promised Road" / "Deirdre"
"Long Promised Road" / "Deirdre"

"Long Promised Road" / "'Til I Die"
"Long Promised Road" / "'Til I Die"

"Surf's Up"

"Long Promised Road" is a song written by Carl Wilson and Jack Rieley for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was first released as a single in May 1971, and did not chart. It was then released on their 1971 album Surf's Up, and was re-released as a single, with a different b-side, "'Til I Die", in October of the same year. This time it made it to #89 on the Billboard Hot 100. Aside from a few guitar parts written in the early days of the band, the song is Carl Wilson's first composition; he plays all of the instruments and handles the lead vocal on the track.[citation needed]


  • Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; electric guitar; electric piano, moog, piano; bass guitar; percussion, drums
  • Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford -- backing vocals
  • Diane Rovell -- backing vocals