Spirit of America (song)
|"Spirit of America"|
|Song by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Little Deuce Coupe|
|Released||October 7, 1963|
|Genre||Hot rod · pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Brian Wilson/Roger Christian|
The lyrics, written by Beach Boys collaborator Roger Christian, were written as a tribute to Craig Breedlove and his record-breaking Spirit of America car. Christian, who not only worked with The Beach Boys, but with other surf rock artists, had also written similar lyrics for "Ballad of Bonneville," a song for Gary Usher's band, The Super Stocks. Usher later said, "Roger would give Brian [Wilson], Jan [Berry] and I similar lyrics, and not tell us he was doing so! As it turned out, we wouldn't know this until the songs were released! The songs themselves, or the ideas, were much the same, even though they weren't copied. That was just how Roger did things."
AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald said it was "[a]nother fine example of the Brian Wilson/Roger Christian songwriting team's car songs" and went on to say "it's still a somewhat obscure song in the Beach Boys' canon – something that doesn't diminish the quality of the song, despite its somewhat dated subject matter."
- Brian Wilson – lead vocals
- Lambert, Philip. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius.
- Greenwald, Matthew. "Spirit of America". allmusic.com.