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What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

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What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. The lyrics to "California Girls" is essentially a list of girls from different spots in the US, and an individual characteristic about each of them. Then they sing "I wish they all could be California Girls". Does that mean that they'd prefer the Midwest farmer's daughters to girls in California? Do they wish that all the girls were moved to California, leaving the rest of the country as an infertile sausage-fest wasteland? Are they aware that most of the West Coast girls ARE California Girls? What's their point? Also the song end by saying "I've been all round this great big world and I've seen all kinds of girls, but I couldn't wait to get back to the states, back to the cutest girls in the world", when every girl they talk about is already in the States. I really don't understand what they're getting at. Any thoughts?
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

They want all the hottie girls in the US to come to their beach party in Cali.
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately. The lyrics to "California Girls" is essentially a list of girls from different spots in the US, and an individual characteristic about each of them. Then they sing "I wish they all could be California Girls". Does that mean that they'd prefer the Midwest farmer's daughters to girls in California? Do they wish that all the girls were moved to California, leaving the rest of the country as an infertile sausage-fest wasteland? Are they aware that most of the West Coast girls ARE California Girls? What's their point? Also the song end by saying "I've been all round this great big world and I've seen all kinds of girls, but I couldn't wait to get back to the states, back to the cutest girls in the world", when every girl they talk about is already in the States. I really don't understand what they're getting at. Any thoughts?
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

I thought it was pretty simple:

Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I'm down there

The Mid-West farmer's daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand
While the girls around the globe have some great features, they don't compare to the tanned girls in bikinis of California.

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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
I thought it was pretty simple:

While the girls around the globe have some great features, they don't compare to the tanned girls in bikinis of California.
Okay, you can infer that, I guess, but they never say that the California Girls were better, just that they wish they ALL were California Girls.

And I guess I must retract the statement about all the girls listed already being from the States. Sarah Mclachlan has taught me for two straight weeks that British Columbia is as West Coast as it gets.
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Okay, you can infer that, I guess, but they never say that the California Girls were better, just that they wish they ALL were California Girls.
You can infer what Michael Corvin said ... and everyone else but you who has heard the song over the past 45 years has done so.
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

Look to the Beatles "Back In The USSR" - Ukraine Girls really knock me, they leave the west behind...
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The art of allegory is COMPLETELY lost on you people... Pretoria, South Africa?? HELLO?!?!!
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

I thought it was obvious: they love girls all around the world, but wish they could be California girls because that's where the band lives.
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

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I thought it was obvious: they love girls all around the world, but wish they could be California girls because that's where the band lives.
Thank you. I thought it was that as well. I can see Corvin's point, it makes sense to some degree, but why would they wish all those other girls were California Girls? Don't they like them the way they are?
It would have been different if they sang "I've been all round the USA and I've seen all kinds of girls, but I couldn't wait to get back to CA, back to the cutest girls in the world" -- that would clearly show a preference to the California girls over the others. And I still don't know if the West Coast girls are the same or different than the California Girls.
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

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I thought it was obvious: they love girls all around the world, but wish they could be California girls because that's where the band lives.
I agree with that and also I see it as they are saying:
girls around the world < Other US girls < California girls
and they wish they could have the whole lot of them living in their back yard to party with them.

Or it's just a catchy tune and shouldn't be analyzed to such a degree.


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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

California girls > US girls > girls around the world.

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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

I disagree.

US girls > CA girls > girls around the world.
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

I don't create threads like this.
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"Now Pluto girls are neat but you know they'll
eat you up alive
Although they're nice to know when it's a thousand below
it isn't easy to survive
And Neptune girls are great for dancing
with a dozen arms and legs
They really hold you tight and they can boogie all night
but it's so hard to kiss three heads

I wish they all could be California girls
I wish they all could be California girls

Now Martian girls are really pretty
with complexions bright and green
But nothing can surpass an andromeda lass
I think their pointed heads are keen
And Saturn girls are really funny they can
make you laugh to death
With methane clouds alas combined with hydrogen gas
why it's a chore to take a breath

I wish they all could be California girls
I wish they all could be California girls
I wish they all could be California girls
I wish they all could be California girls"

"California Girls" by Oingo Boingo
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Re: What Are The Beach Boys Trying To Say With "California Girls"?

He likes girls from all over the United States, but the girls in California are his favorites.

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I don't create threads like this.

We know. This thread is too sensible.
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I like the graph. I think it helps.
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I'm more curious to what the Beach Boys were trying to say with Little Deuce Coupe. "She's my little deuce coupe, you don't know what I got." Didn't you just tell me it was your girl friend, Miss Little Deuce Coupe? Frankly, the names of these broads in the 60s...whew. And the fact that she told her father about her pink slip...isn't that a little risque for the times? Boy, that Brian Wilson...even more far out than Dennis.
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