"Surfin' USA" as written by and Chuck Berry....
If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
Like California
You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blond hairdo
Surfin' U.S.A.

You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar
Ventura County line
Santa Cruz and Trestle
Australia's Narabine
All over Manhattan
And down Doheny Way

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

We'll all be planning that route
We're gonna take real soon
We're waxing down our surfboards
We can't wait for June
We'll all be gone for the summer
We're on surfari to stay
Tell the teacher we're surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Haggerties and Swamies
Pacific Palisades
San Anofree and Sunset
Redondo Beach L.A.
All over La Jolla
At Waimia Bay

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.


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"Surfin USA" as written by Chuck Berry

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    General CommentWhat also adds to the feel and pleasure of the song is Al Jardine's and Carl Wilson's "Inside, Outside, USA" background singing during the chorus. I have not figured out yet if Brian Wilson was describing the 2 types of surfing waves here or the fact the beaches inside and outside of the USA. Inside waves are the waves that hit the shore and are generally "beginner" waves. Outside waves are the waves that break farther out from the beach.

    The Beaches mentioned in the song are:

    * "Del Mar" - Del Mar, San Diego County, California
    * "Ventura County Line" - Ventura County, California
    * "Santa Cruz" - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California
    * "Trestles" - San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
    * "Australia's Narrabeen" - Narrabeen, New South Wales
    * "Manhattan" - Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California
    * "Doheny" - Doheny Beach, Dana Point, Orange County, California
    * "Haggerty's" - Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County, California
    * "Swami's" - Swami's Beach, Encinitas, San Diego County, California
    * "Pacific Palisades" - Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California
    * "San Onofre" - San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
    * "Sunset" - Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii - or - Sunset Beach, Orange County, California
    * "Redondo Beach" - Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California
    * "LA" - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
    * "La Jolla" - La Jolla, San Diego County, California
    * "Waimea Bay" - Waimea Bay, Hawaii
    Scootson July 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta great beach song to jam to. beach boys may be an oldies group but they still rock,
    njrockstarbanditon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYES! I've been to every beach mentioned here except Australia. What in the world are Huarachi sandles though?! oh and its San Onofre, not anofree
    jeannieon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've checked many lyrics and found it to be Anafree. Huarachi sandals - I don't know, but you can buy some from this address... manassasmall.com/teststore/…
    Bobo192on July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt the risk of disagreeing, Jeannie, I've checked in many places, including a Google search of San Anofree, and that is the way that I've found to spell it. :-X
    Bobo192on July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is ripped off of Chuck Berry. It's also pretty obvious what it's about.
    PGMon July 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapparently ghostsurfer/IE => no compatibility with songmeanings, damn you lack of computer science understanding (it's simply insulting).

    CNM - HOLLA AT YOUR BOY!
    natscifraudon August 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is San Onofre, its one of the original surfing beaches in California. And huarache sandals are gnarley old school sandals.
    kingstepon January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow can anyone not love this song? This is one of the true 'best of the best' Beach Boys and rock-n-roll songs. I remember once back in high school, I was able to put up the "have a safe summer" phrase on the replacable-letters entrance sign, but instead I put "We'll all be gone for the summer
    We're on safari to stay
    Tell the teacher we're surfin'
    Surfin' U.S.A"
    Everyone thought it was great and it stayed up for the whole 3 months.
    The Swing Kingon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey. im 13. i hear this song and it reminds me of my dad. he loves the beach boys and so does my uncle! :) i have just got it on to my mp3 am driving tomoz with my dad (i dont live with him) so its great to just listen to music we both like and catch up on what we have both been doing in the last year! :D + i am going t surf school with my dad in may sooo woo go me+my vater!! :P
    Ilive4hislurvon April 21, 2007   Link

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