The Right Time for Me

‘Night Time’ was released in 1988 on Brian Wilson’s first solo album Brian Wilson.  It is a song about a guy who prefers night over day, because the Sun is too bright and it is too hot during the daytime.  He feels that the nighttime is much better and he hopes to meet a girl when everyone has gone back inside.  From 1963 thru 1966, the Beach Boys released 10 studio albums and every one of them was ranked higher than #13 on the US charts.  The Beach Boys worked under Brian Wilson’s direction till 1967, but he gradually relinquished control of the group to his bandmates and the band became an oldies act.  On 23rd December 1964, Brian Wilson suffered from a major nervous breakdown five minutes into a flight where the Beach Boys were travelling to Houston for a concert.  The nervous breakdown incident involved Brian crying and making shrieking noises, while he screamed into a pillow, spun out of his seat and sobbed on the cabin floor.  Wilson didn’t perform in Houston and he decided to take a break from his public life, a period which ended up in a twelve-year self-assigned sabbatical from the band.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the 1966 Beach Boys masterpiece album Pet Sounds at #2 on their list of the greatest albums of all time.  Beach Boys singer Mike Love wondered who was going to be able to hear this shit, thinking that people would need the ears of a dog to appreciate these new songs that Brian was working on, and that inspired the album title.  Pet Sounds took up more 10 months and cost a then-unheard-of $70,000, making it one of the most expensive albums ever recorded at that time.  The Capitol executives thought it was too radical compared to what the group had previously released, so they were really disappointed and they tried to bury Pet Sounds with a greatest-hits album Best of the Beach Boys, which crushed Brian Wilson.  Brian Wilson threw away his Beach Boys’ template, assembled a battalion of top session players, when he began to record Pet Sounds.  Tony Asher was involved along with the rest of the Beach Boys, but since Brian wrote all the music and produced it, Pet Sounds is often considered as the first Brian Wilson solo album.  The Beatles loved Pet Sounds, and Sgt. Pepper was recorded as an attempt to emulate it.  The pressure from being labeled a “genius” by press members, fellow musicians and fans alike further corrupted Brian Wilson’s fragile mental state.  This, along with the copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, lead him to isolate himself from the few people he still had left in his life, staying in his bedroom for many years.  His behavior during this time was very erratic and bizarre.

Brian Wilson’s first solo album was promoted as a spiritual successor to his band’s 1966 release Pet Sounds, and it was the first album that he produced since 1977, when the group recorded The Beach Boys Love You.  In 1987, Andy Paley was producing an album in London, when he got a call from Seymour Stein of Sire Records who was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner in Manhattan with Wilson, after they had just inducted songwriters Leiber and Stoller.  Within a few days, Paley began working with Wilson on his debut solo album.  Paley said that ‘Night Time’ was a 50:50 collaboration in which he wrote the verse and Wilson wrote the chorus.

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

‘Cause the sun shines a little too bright
My eyes can’t take that light
Will you be waiting there
In the cool of the twilight air
That’s where we’ll be because

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Downtown where the sun beats strong
Eight hours is a little too long
When I see that sun goin’ down
I drive to the edge of town
Wait for awhile because

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time
Light time
Right time
Right time

So there it goes
Sun’s sinkin’ down, it’s gettin’ dark
Colors are fading fast
Night covers the sun and leaves no mark

The neighborhood
Everyone has gone back inside
It’s understood
Won’t you sit down right by my side

Night time
Light time
Light time
Right time for me

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time
Light time
Light time
Right time for me

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme today is songs that mention Anxiety, Delight, Emotions, Pain, Pride, Relief suggested by Di of pensitivity101.

14 thoughts on “The Right Time for Me

      1. I was reading some of the comments. We saw the BBs a few years ago when they came through here. Brian Wilson had got really fat and he just sat precariously perched on a stool the entire time. He looked horrible and seemed to have no sense of rhythm. A bit like his dancing in your video. Yet he is an amazing songwriter and artist.

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