I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut
And eyes that burn like cigarettes

I want a girl with the right allocations
Who's fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She's playing with her jewelry
She's putting up her hair
She's touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnng jacket......

I want a girl who gets up early
I want a girl who stays up late
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who used a machette to cut through red tape
With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass

She is fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She's touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnnng.... lonnng jacket

I want a girl with a smooth liquidation
I want a girl with good dividends
And at the city bank we will meet accidentally
We'll start to talk when she borrows my pen

She wants a car with a cupholder arm rest
She wants a car that will get her there
She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler La Baron

I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket

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"Short Skirt / Long Jacket" as written by John Mccrea

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  • +5
    General Comment:I've always thought this song was satirizing corporate culture and the American lifestyle, and making a point of how they can suck the fun out of people.

    The girl in the song is "changing her name from Kitty to Karen" (presumably because "Karen" is more conservative and professional-sounding) and trading in her European sports car for a white, American model with little character (but with cup holders for her morning commute!). Her life seems to be focused entirely on her career ("touring the facility and picking up slack", working long hours, dealing with red tape, and managing her finances).

    Notice how her personality is never even mentioned in the song? The girl has "a mind like a diamond", "uninterrupted prosperity", jewelry, and shiny nails, but McCrea never mentions what she's like as a person. I think he's making the point that people tend to focus very heavily on others' monetary success, but they tend to forget things like, say...what they're actually like as people.

    This song obviously relies very heavily on irony. It's pretty clear to me that he's using it to make a point; he doesn't actually want a girl who spends all her time working. Cake are known for their hatred of commercialism and corporate bloat, so it would be very out of character for them to idealize such a conservative and money-focused businessperson.
    quason November 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song seems to be about the new "independent 21st century woman" image that the media seems to be pushing these days, who can somehow perfectly balance her high paying job with her personal life. It seems like John McCrea's being sarcastic and may not really want a girl like that.
    Wrapidon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:short skirt, long jacket...almost like the saying, "good girls are bad girls who don't get caught. I interpret this as a girl with a wild side, not a wild girl. A girl who is morally fit and independent in terms of getting things done and doing what she wants. A girl with a long jacket over a short skirt...he is the only one that would be able to see here with the jacket off...and getting down to it, that's what the song is saying. He wants a good girl with a wild side.

    Wordy, but i got my point across.
    annablueskieson April 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:This song is not about a prostitute. It can be summed up by the title "short skirt/long jacket." The long jacket implies her prudential nature that the short skirt identifies it as being subjective. In other words a girl who is both 'sexy' and has her head on right.
    strategoson February 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:an MG is a tiny car, usu. a soft-top convertable. This song ROCKS! I think it's really about that you can't find any unique women/girls/ladies anymore because they're all the same (probably from too much MTV)...he's looking for someone different, he's sick of them all being the same.
    TacticalEliteon June 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think that he wants a woman that does not exist, thats too good to be true. Some of her traits that he wants are contridictary she is pretty daring by wearing the short skirt, but still is conservative enough to wear the long jacket

    I want a girl
    Who gets up early
    I want a girl
    Who stays up late

    not that this scenario is impossible but it is less likley that a person will keep this up for too long. i hope that i maid my point, i'm a little tired right now :D

    MorningStaron September 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I heard it's about a prostitute
    froderickon June 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:the back-up vocals make this song..
    hailtokidamnesiacon October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Obviously his idea of a perfect woman
    DLPKon August 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:dojeda's quote of McCrea is amazing to me - How can a guy write such an amazing hilarious wonderful song, and then 'explain' it in such an incomprehensible way? Population booms? Things start to lag? Sometimes art escapes from the artist.
    thedeadbunnyon August 07, 2008   Link

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