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All Dressed Up for School

"All Dressed Up for School" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was recorded very early in the sessions for the 1965 album The Beach Boys Today!, but was not released until 1990.


"All Dressed Up for School" started life as a song called "What Will I Wear to School (Today)", a song which was recorded in early 1964 by Sharon Marie, but never released. That song had lyrics by Roger Christian.

Parts of the melody of "All Dressed Up for School" would be reused by Brian Wilson in "I Just Got My Pay", an outtake from 1970's Sunflower, which was released in 1993 on the box set. He again used part of the melody in "Marcella", a song released in 1972 on Carl and the Passions - "So Tough". The chords in the opening a capella vocal passage would later show up in unreleased versions of "Heroes and Villains", and later in the 1980 single "Goin' On".


The song was recorded on September 16, 1964 at Western Studios, with Chuck Britz as the engineer. For its release in 1990, it was mixed by Mark Linett.


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