I was sittin' in a crummy movie With my hands on my chin all the violence that occurs Seems like we never win Love and mercy that's what you need tonight Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight I was lying in my room And the news came on TV A lotta people out there hurtin' And it really scares me Love and mercy that's what you need tonight Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight I was standing in a bar And watching all the people there Oh the loneliness in this world Well it's just not fair Love and mercy that's what we need tonight Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight The back cover of Pet Sounds features photos of the Beach Boys as Zen embracing samurai warriors. "The eternal now, right?" ~Brian Wilson Surfing Saints Cheetah Oct. '67
View Libera perform a moving rendition of this song for honoree, Brian Wilson.
Brian's Label artwork featured this uniquely American symbol of enlightenment.
"Smile" was Brian Wilson's one word synopsis of the imperative of enlightenment. Finally released in 2004, "Smile" was almost 40 years in the making. It was an impressionistic attempt at expressing Brian's highly personal experience of enlightenment. Songs like "Surf's Up" and "Our Prayer" attest to the contemplative nature of the album.