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because the song was originally recorded in the 50s by the Staple Singers or something like that. Apologies, going from a fading memory.
He put that riff to an existing piece of music. The song already existed without it.
How do we know this?
Even Keith says Brian did it and of course it's Brian. Had Keith even been close to anything remotely close to the riff he'd mention it in every interview, likely in form of a story: I was riding a bike when I suddenly saw a bird (a girl) and then it hit me, she is a real bluebird and I fell from the bike. I passed out and when I woke up I had the riff, that gliding sensual riff. The girl was Bridget Bardot and Keith had a brief but very hot fling with her in 1964. "
lmfao. You are probably right and your story is hilarious. peace