"52 Girls" as written by Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Charles J. Ayers....
Effie
Madge and Mabel
Biddie, see them on the beach
Or in New
York City, Tina Louise
And there's Hazel and Mavis

Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?
Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?

Wanda and Janet
And Ronnie and Reba, oh, oh, oh

These are the girls of the U.S.A.
The principal girls of the U.S.A.

Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?
Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?

Oh, oh, oh

Kate
Kate and Cindy
And Crystal and Candy

Mercedes and Joan, Betty and Brenda
Suzie and Anita
And Pheobe and Jack, Jackie-O

These are the girls of the U.S.A.
The principal girls of the U.S.A.

Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?
Can you name, name, name
Name 'em today?

Can you name, name, name?


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"52 Girls" as written by Cindy Wilson Charles J. Ayers

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  • +2
    General CommentI bet if any of us went back to the headlines of when the song was written that we would find all of these women in the news.

    They say that these are the principal girls of the USA. I don't know many but I am thinking that Jackie-O of course is Jaqueline Kennedy. Phoebe might be Phoebe Snow a major recording artist who had major hits back then. Gloria could be Gloria Steinam a major feminist. I think that the lyric for Tina, Louise is most likely TinaLouise, the actress who was a major tv presence playing Ginger on "Gilligan's Island". Anita might be Anita Bryant, the former Miss America that spoke out against Gay Rights.

    Also, the song says that they were on the beach and in New York. Again, I bet the news from L.A. and N.Y. would give a clue to whom these women are. The last line of can you name them today was probably a challenge to people who had no idea to what was going on in current events.
    afilaccioon June 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDon'y you think "Kate and Cindy" is probably referring to Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, you know, the ones singing the song?
    Glittersnipeon August 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not quite sure what this song means, though it sounds vaguely political to me. The vocals in this song are incredibly intersting to me because you basically can't understand most anything except "these are the girls of the USA." I find it fascinating that they used somewhat unusual names and stretched them out as they sang them so that they could basically be any word or name the lsitener chooses to hear. Great song
    a10dency2askon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Offspring did cover for that song, here are lyrics for that cover:

    Shelly , Jane, Laura, Stacey
    See them on the beach
    Or in New York City
    Jennifer and Cyndee
    And Sascha and Marvin

    Can you name, name, name, name them today
    Can you name, name, name, name them today

    Chelsea and Gloria and Wendy and Glenda
    These are the girls of the USA
    The principal girls of the USA

    Can you name, name, name, name them today
    Can you name, name, name, name them today

    Oh Rose, Rose and Denise
    And Michelle and Randi, Kamala and Roma
    Cynthia and Lisa, Tammi and Virginia
    And Stephanie and Jamie-O
    These are the girls of the USA
    The principal girls of the USA

    Can you name, name, name, name them today
    Can you name, name, name, name them today
    m4t3kon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, Kate and Cindy has to be a reference to themselves which makes me think that the song could be about principal girls in the band's life, who influenced them. But I also thought it could be people in the news from then also. In all, it's a great song. As for the different version of the song, it just changes it entirely.
    Green Girl 88on November 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get this song. It's about how in American culture we tend to think little of the women who accomplished things in our History. As stated earlier Jackie-O is Jaqueline Kennedy, that was the only one I knew. Now if you said George or Junior automatically we think Bush.

    And the question is "can we name them today?" The answer is obviously no. No we can't because women really don't get the fame and notoriety that we men get and there is something wrong with that.

    It is easy to see this connection because it's a femal band mostly. Female lead singers.

    RJ
    RJSoftwareon December 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI cannot understand one word in this song, but I love it
    Boom!on January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe they're groupies. The lack of detail is a sartorial comment on the emptiness of their relationship with them.
    sloathyon September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know its well hard to understand the lyrics but fuck! i love this song is so perfct... in my band we are so influenced by this fucking band specially our singer frances...
    stereocaseon December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA little bit of Monica in my life, a little bit of Erika by my side, but I wish that they could all be California girls, girls girls on the sunset strip.

    Nonsensical lyrics, but the music and vocal stylings are..effective. I cannot explain the B-52's, but accept and love them for what they are.
    voydlanderon January 14, 2007   Link

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