Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Shares Stirring New Take On 'Love And Mercy'

Written by on June 5, 2020

Seaside Boys co-founder Brian Wilson delivered a stripped-down and stirring model of his solo tune “Love And Mercy” on “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” on Thursday night. 

The 1988 tune appears much more well timed now than when it was written, referencing violence, harm and loneliness.

Wilson sings:  

Love and mercy, that’s what you want tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your mates tonight

“I simply need you guys to know that we’re all on this collectively,” the 77-year-old musician mentioned from his piano at house:

Within the liner notes to the album’s reissue, Wilson referred to as the tune “a private message” and mentioned that when he sings it stay, it’s with a way of therapeutic. 

“‘Love And Mercy’ might be probably the most non secular tune I’ve ever written,” he mentioned.

Wilson additionally carried out a uncooked and affecting tackle the Seaside Boys traditional “God Solely Is aware of”: 

Wilson has been battling each bodily and psychological well being issues for years. He’s had a number of again surgical procedures and final summer season postponed a tour attributable to feeling mentally insecure, a problem he has been open about. 

“It’s no secret that I’ve been residing with psychological sickness for a lot of many years,” he mentioned in a press release final 12 months. “There have been occasions when it was insufferable however with docs and medicines I’ve been capable of stay an exquisite, wholesome and productive life with assist from my household, mates and followers who’ve helped me via this journey.” 

Though Wilson resumed touring final autumn, this 12 months’s tour dates had been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic. 


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