|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album L.A. (Light Album)|
The Beach Boys
James William Guercio
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
The music is derived from Johann Sebastian Bach's composition Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, with the opening harpsichord part being played by Sterling Smith. The lyrics to the song refer to Jardine's then-wife, Lynda Jardine. After the two divorced, the song was rewritten as "Lady Liberty", a tribute to the Statue of Liberty.
The song hit #6 in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached #39 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. The song was edited for single release with the single version dropping the harpsichord introduction present on the album version.