Please Let Me Wonder

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"Please Let Me Wonder"
Please Let Me Wonder - The Beach Boys.jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Today!
A-side "Do You Wanna Dance?"
Released February 15, 1965
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded January 7–9, 1965
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 2:45
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"The Man with All the Toys"
"Please Let Me Wonder"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"The Man with All the Toys"
"Do You Wanna Dance?"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
Audio sample

"Please Let Me Wonder" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. The song was the B-side of the single "Do You Wanna Dance?" which was released by The Beach Boys in 1965 through Capitol Records.[1] It peaked at a number 52 in Billboard and number 46 in Cash Box. The contemporary Gilbert Youth Survey conducted nationally in April 1965 placed this song at number 9 in its chart one week.

The song was the first that Wilson wrote while under the influence of marijuana.[2][3] The song was first released on the band's 1965 album The Beach Boys Today!. Due to the lyrics, which are filled with a sense of longing and uncertainty, it is a contrasting piece to Wilson's "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)".[2]


Per Craig Slowinski.[4]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians and production staff

Live version[edit]

A live version recorded during The 50th Reunion Tour in 2012 appears on Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour (2013).[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 84
  2. ^ a b "Matthew Greenwald review". 
  3. ^ Wilson, Brian; Greenman, Ben (2016). I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir. Da Capo Press. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-306-82307-7. 
  4. ^ Slowinski, Craig (2007). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today!" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012.