"Berkeley Girl" as written by and Harper James Simon....
She is juniper and roses
She is amethyst and pearl
And though she makes her home in Hollywood
She's really just a Berkeley girl

She's the breeze on Sunday morning
Blowing down a country lane
She's got the style of Paulette Goddard
And the smile of Joan Fontaine
And she drives a Karmann Ghia
Through the streets of Silver Lake
And the hills of Echo Park

She is crinoline and satin
She is leopard skin and lace
Hard to believe that she believed in me
When I was such a hopeless case

And she knows from love and service
Yes she knows from peace of mind
To be not sinister in purpose
And to never be unkind
And she loves a Tulsi garden
And she loves her rock 'n roll
And she's never far from my mind

She is juniper and roses
Guess I'll sing it once again
And though we are no longer lovers
I know she'll always be my friend

So if you're ever right beside her
Drivin' down the 101
Be thankful that you're with a Berkeley girl
Who's beautiful beneath the moon and the sun


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    General CommentShe drives a Karmann Gia
    Through the streets of Silver Lake
    And the hills of Echo Park

    Silver Lake and Echo Park are neighborhoods of LA - Echo Park is very steep, Chavez Ravine and Dodger Stadium

    Paulette Goddard and Tulsi garden I don't think are right, either, but I don't have suggestions.
    longingforlaon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJoan Fontaine, not June Fontaine.

    She is crinoline and satin - not criminal.
    longingsforlaon June 23, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI think the correct lyrics are as follows:

    She is juniper and roses
    She is amethyst and pearl
    And though she makes her home in Hollywood
    She's really just a Berkeley girl

    She's the breeze on Sunday morning
    Blowing down a country lane
    She's got the style of Paulette Goddard
    And the smile of Joan Fontaine
    And she drives a Karmann Ghia
    Through the streets of Silver Lake
    And the hills of Echo Park

    She is crinoline and satin
    She is leopardskin and lace
    Hard to believe that she believed in me
    When I was such a hopeless case

    And she knows from love and service
    Yes she knows from peace of mind
    To be not sinister in purpose
    And to never be unkind
    And she loves a Tulsi garden
    And she loves her rock and roll
    And she's never far from my mind, no.

    She is juniper and roses
    Guess I'll sing it once again
    And though we are no longer lovers
    I know she'll always be my friend

    So if you're ever ride beside her
    Drivin' down the 101
    Be thankful that you're with a Berkeley girl
    Who's beautiful beneath the moon and the sun
    slackoon September 10, 2010   Link

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