This might be, what I consider to be, the greatest song ever written. There... I said it. So obviously I could write pages about this song, but for the moment I'll limit myself to these few words.
The Beach Boys are the most misunderstood, yet equally celebrated, band in the history of music; and this song encapsulates all of that. This was to be the closing song of Brian Wilson's epic 1967 song cycle "SMiLE".... we think. A version of smile was released in 2004 had "Surf's Up" as the finale of side 1. Regardless, the song is a subtle epic. Not as sonically obvious as "A Day In The Life" by the Beatles, but just as obscure and beautiful.
The Brian Wilson "solo" version that appears on the Beach Boys box set is nothing more than perfect. These are best lyrics ever written in this country as far as I am concerned. Both sad, hopeful, and though written in 1967, very prophetic of a young country that still has much to deal with.