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About "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)"

"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" is a song by American rock band the Beach Boys from their 1965 album The Beach Boys Today!. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the lyrics describe a boy who is anxious of when he stops being a teenager, pondering such questions as "Will I love my wife for the rest of my life?" The song was first issued as a single, with the B-side "She Knows Me Too Well", on August 24, 1964. It peaked at number 9 in the US, number 27 in the UK, and number 1 in Canada.

It is one of the first rock songs that discussed impending adulthood and is possibly the earliest US top 40 song to contain the expression "turn on" (from the lyric "Will I dig the same things that turned me on as a kid?"). The song is also distinguished for its musical sophistication, featuring multiple key changes, a hook based on a dissonant, functionally ambiguous chord, tempo stretches, and a long pause as a climax.

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