I'll Bet He's Nice

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I'll bet he's nice I'll bet he's twice As nice as me and it makes me cry 'Cause I remember you and I Please don't tell me if it's true Because I'm still in love with... You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' I'll bet he's sweet I'll bet he's neat I'll bet he's funny and that ain't all I'll bet he shows you quite a ball Please don't tell me if it's true Because I'm still in love with... You pretty darlin' you my pretty darlin' You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' Baby, don't you ever tell me that you're leaving Now that you got me to believe in You are the sunshine and the flower Come on and make my every hour I'll bet he's nice I'll bet he's twice As nice as me and it makes me cry 'Cause I remember you and I Please don't tell me if it's true Because I'm still in love with... You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' (Well it's you) You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' (Well it's you) You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' (Well it's you) You pretty darlin', you my pretty darlin' (Well it's you)

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Why record a relatively obscure Beach Boys song one might wonder... and well, that's a fair question. It was definitely not a hit for the group, and wasn't even a single from their now beloved "Love You" album, but it's the song that made me fall in love with it.

On my first listen to "The Beach Boys Love You" the songs that stood out initially were the sillier and let's say... more lighthearted entries, which can be the case with many of the Boys' post-"Pet Sounds" records. And how could they not? Songs like "Solar System," "Johnny Carson," & "I Wanna Pick You Up" make you wonder what direction the band was going in at the time, if any at all. And who could forget "Ding Dang"???

It wasn't until later that I stumbled upon a YouTube video containing all the Brian Wilson solo piano demos for the album, and I was BLOWN AWAY. The songs were so sincere and wholesome; it was amazing to hear Brian singing straight from his heart, especially on the more earnest songs I hadn't noticed before. It was then I also learned that this album was originally planned as a solo Brian album, and he wrote and performed nearly the whole thing by himself, with the band acting mainly as vocalists. The Brian that had been missing from the world seemed to have finally returned to form. It made me want to explore the album again, but in a whole new way.

I listened again and it rapidly became one of my favorite Beach Boys' albums, but at times I almost still preferred the piano demos. I wanted to record a version of my own in that vein, and with that sincerity. I tried to record it as beautifully as I could, and I hope you can feel that in my version.

Thank you for your support! Sofa City Sweetheart (and Brian Wilson) LOVE YOU!

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released July 23, 2021

Written by Brian Wilson. Piano & vocals by Juan Antonio Lopez.
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Juan Antonio Lopez at Casa de Lopez, West Covina, California. Mastered by The Soundlab at Discmakers. Graphic design by Mary Bean.

Original version appears on The Beach Boys "Love You" (1977)

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Sofa City Sweetheart Los Angeles, California

Sofa City Sweetheart is the indie pop/rock project of singer/songwriter Juan Antonio Lopez. For fans of Elliott Smith, The Kinks, and Jon Brion.

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