Welcome to my Beach Boys Session for this week! Today, this song goes out by request, but I probably would’ve done it eventually, anyway.
This is a technically unreleased song called “Soulful Old Man Sunshine” that was only released on a compilation a few years ago.
I truly think the only reason the Beach Boys never released it is because of Carl’s “shun-shine” gaff in the middle 8.
I figured out this song’s chords by myself and even though I took some liberties, I think it stays true to the original.
Also, I think this is one of the few over-produced Beach Boys songs. That’s why I was so excited to strip all that excess out and just make an acoustic version. You’ll notice that I even sing a bit of it like Brian Wilson did in the original demo of the song, also included on that compilation. I love that version, too- it’s a bit more jazzy.
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I received an email today from Mike H., who just watched my cover song music video of the Beach Boys’ semi-unreleased song, “Soulful Old Man Sunshine”. What a great song it is- it’s hard to believe they put so much effort into a song and then canned it for years. Anyway, Mike was wondering what the chords to the song were. So, I decided to post them here on the music blog for all to see! Also make sure to check out my cover song video of “Soulful Old Man Sunshine” below the chords and lyrics. Thanks for writing, Mike, and I hope this helps!