Watch me now

Waitress all dressed like nurses in bondage
Brought me the check, said "I want you to sign this"
Union boy standing next to the rastas
"There's gonna be a strike and you ain't gonna stop us"
Three men standing and they love what they do
You won't see it coming, cause they wanna surprise you
Consider it done, they're gonna stand right by you
American punks don't care about you
Hollywood what you gonna do?

Chorus:
Don't say that you don't understand
Don't say that you can't comprehend
Don't say that you don't understand, this is California Babylon, my man

Don't say that you don't understand
Don't say that you can't comprehend
Don't say that you don't understand, this is California Babylon, my man

Don't say that you don't understand
Don't say that you can't comprehend
Don't say that you can't understand, this is California Babylon, my man

You can take away the nights with sights of bright lights
Sheiks still ride, engage in street fights
Two to the head, pull around, he's dead
Suspect fled, caught up with bloodshed
No sign of hope, we fight and sling dope
Junkies to our left, no fix, they can't cope
Violence won't cease, hand me the chrome piece
No peace or sleep, we fight with police

This is the city that'll make all your dreams come true
So pay attention

Chorus

At last she had arrived, we turned in exhausted
Cocaine in her pocket, she can get busted
Once again she passes, now she's gone
Now she's with her friend, her beautiful young
She showed up on the scene, she was 17
Now she's 21, she does some more coke, she does some more coke
She drinks some whiskey and she smokes some dope
She thinks she's a star
Do you know who you are?


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    General CommentAbout moral decadence on the West Coast?
    Thunderbolton April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAbout brody dalle from the distillers?
    (tims ex g/f) she came from australia @ 17 to california
    rockin28on March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgoddamn it. its not Two to the head, pull around, he's dead
    its pool of red not pull around. you can hear it if you listen to it closely
    SisterFister6905on April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdefinetly two to the head, get out of here
    Foundation4lifeon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt last she had arrived, we turned in exhausted
    Cocaine in her pocket, she can get busted
    Once again she passes, now she's gone
    Now she's with her friend, her beautiful young
    She showed up on the scene, she was 17
    Now she's 21, she does some more coke, she does some more coke
    She drinks some whiskey and she smokes some dope
    She thinks she's a star
    Do you know who you are?

    im pretty sure that last paragraph is about brody dalle
    asher27on May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"California Babylon" is on the 2002 album, together with "Weight on my Mind" (ft. Brody), and the booklet shows a picture of Tim wearing his wedding ring ... so how can the song refer to Brody? Besides, she was not 21 at that time.
    Violent Femmeon June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe album "Transplants" was recorded from 2000-2002 therefor Brody Dalle WAS 21 around the time the song may have been written. Also, she was 16 when she met Tim and 17 when she hit the scene in California/U.S. It's very clear that the last paragraph is about Brody, the whole song might even be about her, there is alot of references to her in the song if you really pay attention. Perhaps their relationship was on the rough even when the album was being made (since they broke up only a year after the album was released).
    TANSDon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts about the pigs which are also refered to as the babylon
    bulletbuster676on October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. Heard it for years while playing Tony Hawk's Underground, then bought the album when I got old enough to realise how much I loved the song.

    I love that the line "This is the city that'll make all your dreams come true" comes right after the rap part about drugs and violence. That speaks to me like this: sometimes, no matter how many horrible qualities a person/place has, some people are so attracted by the superficial things that they become narrow sighted, and fail to see the big bloody picture; and what's inside is ALWAYS more important than what appears on the surface.

    P.S. - I agree 100% that the last lines were written about Tim's then-wife Brody Armstrong. Or Dalle. Or Homme now, I don't know.

    pleasebeatme92on October 09, 2010   Link

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