California Kids

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"California Kids"
California Kids cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The White Album)
Released March 9, 2016
Recorded 2015
Length 3:25
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Dan Wilson
Producer Jake Sinclair
Status officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer (The White Album) track listing
"California Kids"
(1)
"Wind in Our Sail"
(2)

"California Kids" is the opening track from The White Album and the fifth that was officially released prior to the album's release. It is an English rewrite of the Scott & Rivers 2014 Christmas single "California".

Overview

In early 2015, Rivers told fans that an English version of "California" was being considered for inclusion in the Detour pilot.

This was the only song kept from a group of 235 demos that Rivers and Jake Sinclair listened to in early 2015 when beginning work on what would become The White Album, and it was the inspiration for the album's "beach/nautical theme." The lyrics feature a "pack of heroic slackers," according the the album's iTunes description.

The song was accidentally made available for streaming on Apple Music in the US on February 25, 2016 and shared among the fan community before it was taken down again by Apple.

The song, played live and acoustic, was released on the band's Spotify Sessions.

Music video

The music video was directed by SCANTRON and Jade Ehlers and premiered on March 9, 2016.

Personnel

Lyrics

When you wake up
Cobwebs on your eyelids
Stuck in rigor mortis
Just keep going, till you hit the ocean
And you turn Californian

You don't have to have the answers
Don'y you worry, don't you worry

It's gonna be alright
If you're on a sinking ship
The California kids
Will throw you a lifeline
And if you're up all night
Thinking 'bout something you did
The California kids
Will show you the sunshine

In your bare feet, in mid-January
Swimming in the mystery

Second guessing almost everything
Don't you worry, don't you worry

It's gonna be alright
If you're on a sinking ship
The California kids
Will throw you a lifeline
And if you're up all night
Thinking 'bout something you did
The California kids
Will show you the starlight

And your old friends
Chilling back in Boston
You never forgot them

See also