"Like A California King" as written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund....
I see you have made yourself a brand new life
Such a cool blue star with a bright new shine
I see you wear your checkered past just like a shining suit of gold

I know you think you look so special
I am told you have found yourself a brand new time
Watch the world stand still as the years go by
I know you think you are so new and different

But it makes no sense to me
There is nothing new about you
Just another self-made man
There is nothing new that I can see
Enjoy it while you can

I know you think you look so special
What makes you think you are so special?
What makes you think you are unique?
I see you smile and I get angry
As I watch you go colossal

Like a California king
All these Californians, coming up here
And changing everything
They're just a bunch of carpetbaggers
And I wish they'd all just go
Go!

I hear you gave the world a brand new voice
Such a happy melody with a new wave whine
Yeah I see you hide behind your own noise
I think I've seen enough

I will find you in the crowded room
I will knock you off your feet
I will burn you just like teenage love
I will eat you just like meat
I will break you into pieces

Hold you up for all the world to see
What makes you think you're better than me?
What makes you think you're better?
What makes you think you are complete?
What makes you think you are the only one immune to falling down

Why can't you see
I see you fall and I get happy
I will watch you burn like fire
I will watch you burn like a California king


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"Like a California King" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General CommentThis is on whitelightning.org
    Art: "[It's about] me. It was written looking at me through a jaundice eye. I was poking fun at people who picked on us. There's a lot of tongue and cheek on this album that a lot of people don't pick up on." (Ticketmaster - 1997)

    So yeah its what he imagines people are saying about him and Everclear but its not entirely serious
    yllason May 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think everyone can relate this to someone in their life thats been a prick and thought they were better than everybody else.
    PixiEpunk84on July 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTrue. But this song is actually about himself. Sort of like a little voice in his head pointing out all his faults. I can relate to that.
    Evergleamon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWe are all our own worst critics. No one will ever be as critical of our work and our actions as we are. Doubt can seems to manifest itself into a voice always talking you down, that's what this song is about.
    ChaosFluro24on August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song was about Scott Weiland. Art Alexakis was disgusted with how he felt Weiland glorified heroin use to children.
    DecemberGuyon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, I've also heard it's about Gavin..somethingorother (lead singer of Bush). Art doesn't like him for some reason (never did find out why) but yeah... it's about himself (Art) though.
    Evergleamon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhen bush was on tour with everclear, everclear got a fruit basket from a fan, and bush didn't. gavin rosdale started freaking out and yelling at everyone, and basically being a dick. when everclear toured with no doubt, they told gwen what he did, and she in turn told gavin, and they ended up dating. (i think they're married now) but art didn't like him because of that fact. i'm going to go to a bush concert and give him a fruit basket, and say, "here. a fruit basket from an everclear fan"
    slowmotion_freefallon March 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWow. I never realized this song was written about himself. I've always had a lot of respect for Art as a musician and a person, and the fact that this song was written about himself rather than some childish grudge he's still holding simply propels that respect.
    opus2200on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSo, I only found out recently that a "California King" is a size of mattress. I guess there could be some symbolism in burning an obscenely large bed or maybe the sound of the phrase just appeals to the idea of a sell out. This might have something to do with the album art on "Welcome to the Drama Club," though.
    hardcorevelouron April 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA California King is also a type of snake. Whether he's reerencing the bed size, or the snake, I don't know. But I don't care, because it's such an awesome freaking song.
    LocalGod96on July 01, 2009   Link

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