"Take a Load Off Your Feet" is a song written by Al Jardine, Brian Wilson and Gary Winfrey for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was projected to be released on Add Some Music, an album which was to be released in 1970. After that album was reworked into Sunflower, "Take a Load Off Your Feet" was released on the next Beach Boys album, Surf's Up.
Gary Winfrey returned to California, after serving in the Air Force
, in 1968. He and Al Jardine
quickly rekindled a friendship that had begun back when both were in high school. Winfrey's wife Sandi was pregnant at the time, and her ankles were swollen. With the song Hair
being popular at the time, somebody suggest writing a similar song about ankles. That song turned into "Take a Load Off Your Feet". Brian Wilson
would later add some lyrics and help with the melody.
The first session for the song was during the Add Some Music
sessions in January 1970. The song was then put on hold until the early part of the next year. All of the sessions were held at Brian Wilson's home studio. Brian did the lead vocal on the first and third verses, before giving way to Jardine, who sang the second and fourth with Carl Wilson singing the middle and also played bass guitar
. The Beach Boys, with help from Winfrey, sang the backing vocals, and Brian added the sound effects.