"Santa Monica" as written by Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes....
In Santa Monica in the winter time
The lazy streets so undemanding
I walk into the crowd
In Santa Monica you get your coffee from
The coolest places on the promenade
Where people dress just so
Beauty so unavoidable
Everywhere you turn
It's there
I sit and wonder what am I doing here?

But on the telephone line I am anyone
I am anything I want to be
I could be a supermodel or Norman Mailer
And you wouldn't know the difference
Or would you?

In Santa Monica, all the people got
Modern names
Like Jake or Mandy
And modern bodies too
In Santa Monica, on the boulevard,
You'll have to dodge those in-line skaters
Or they'll knock you down
I never felt so lonely,
Never felt so out of place
I never wanted something more than this

But on the telephone line I am anyone
I am anything I want to be
I could be a supermodel or Norman Mailer
And you wouldn't know the difference
On the telephone line, I am any height
I am any age I want to be
I could be a caped crusader, or
Space invader
And you would know the difference
Or would you?


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"Santa Monica" as written by Darren Hayes Daniel Jones

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    General CommentI love this song, it's so cute!
    He's right!!! On the telephone line you can be anything.
    I think it's really cute because he's like a little kid when he sings this, and he has a little lisp while singing it. His voice goes high as it does, in a childish way this time, but it's an Acoustic song, and that's so un-Savage Garden.
    I get the feeling that he wrote this, sitting on a park bench at the park, during the winter, when the Sakura trees are in full bloom, and for some reason in his To The Moon And Back outfit, and a scarf, with all these skateboarders, inline skaters, and beautiful people, all on their expensive cellphones, and he goes to get some Coffee, walks along the Boulevard, gets knocked down by the skaters, and no-one pays him any attention. So, he gathers up his papers, throws his now-empty coffee cup in the bin and walks back to his hotel, dodging the skaters wisely this time. He gets to his hotel and rings the operator so he can talk to his family back home. He realises, 'This person doesn't know me! For all they know, I am Norman Mailer, or a Caped Crusdaer. I could even be a supermodel!' this cheers him up. The operator takes AGES and AGES to connect him, forever telling him to "hold, please." so he just hangs up.

    I love the fact that he has a little lisp in this song, IDK if he has it other songs, but it isn't edited out in here, which just makes this song so cute to me.
    Ella_de_la_Nocheon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song yet...it is such an amazing and heartfelt song. To me it is about anonymity and being alone in a place full of people. Now that I think about it, it reminds me of the video for Darren's Insatiable...being outside the loop, on the outside looking in. Just thoughts.
    spinsatiableon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell this song is awesome . I love it so much , although there people might say they're faggot . i don't give a shit about it . just listening good songs from whom !
    Jason Greenon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYah, I don't care what other people say about them. I just love their music- it's not like all that meaningless, disfunctional stuff that's out there now.
    traciebearon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful! I love savage garden and i dont care what anyone says! They were a great band and Truely Madly Deeply was their best album - people just think that they've done boring slushy songs with a high pitched voice but of corse their wrong, surprisingly a lot of their songs are kinda rocky lol, and the best thing is all the songs are deep and meaningful, something that many modern bands lack!
    pabloredfoxon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat about a blind date?

    This could be the subject of the song.... I mean, he's obviously observing the people around him ("inline skaters"), almost as if he's waiting for something... and then- he sings "Beauty so unavoidable, everywhere you turn it's there.
    I sit and wonder what am I doing here?" Could this hint at feeling of anxiety? That feeling of 'oh, so-and-so's not gonna like me... i'm so ugly'? Or, 'gee, i feel so out of place here...'

    And then the chorus...
    Maybe the "couple" met each other over the internet (i know that's pushing it as this song is a few yrs old..... but hey? why not?!), or thru letters, thru a friend, i don't know. just obviously not face-to-face. and have only talked on the phone, as if to imply 'hey, look it- i sound one way on the phone, i could be this, this, and this. and u wouldn't know the truth, would u?''

    Its like he likes the concept of being "anonymous" or faceless even. no one can truly judge him this way.

    I know chances are that this is not at all what this song was written for or about... but i luv how song interpretation is open. I luv how so many lyrics can take on 'double-meanings'.
    SmileStruckon April 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it means that his feeling as an outsider and is meating this person there. A person his met but not face to face and in the phone talking to this person he can pretend to be anyone really. It kinda reminds me of those telephone dating lines that show up on tv. So anyways i think he is meeting this person and his wondering if they will be able to tell 'em apart from the others. I think it means this i could be wrong anyhow.
    StandardStapleson November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like someone who is very insecure with himself, or his looks. He's sitting in Santa Monica, where apparently all the "beautiful people" are, and they're so athletic and incredibly fit... he wishes to be one of them, to fit it and be one of the beautiful people.

    But on the "telephone line" (actual phone/internet) he can be whoever he wants to be. He can be a good-looking, well-liked guy.

    And this is where I start thinking this guy is like a phone/net stalker. It's a little creepy. Maybe he keeps setting up blind dates from the phone (probably not the internet, this song *is* a few years old) but wusses out before he meets them.

    Kind of a sad song, if you think about it.
    Desaparecidaon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYup that's right, he's writing about someone who's envious of all the good looking and athletic people, and probably socially inept due to his physical appearance. The guy/girl however performs fine otherwise over the phone when identity is inconscequential. Lyrics aside, this song has a wondeful melody and melancholic tone to it. Nice.
    lionelfisheson April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the lyrics have been fully interpreted here. It's not about a blind date, or only about physical appearance, it's much deeper than that. I read Darren saying that he wrote it being in the U.S. for the first time, after living all his life in a humble way back there in Australia. He suddenly finds out how different things are at the other side of the world, where all he sees is beautiful people, and he does feel an outsider, since looks don't mean "that" much to him...he's used to something else...He feels lonely and he's still surrounded by a lot of people. He finds out that internet is a great escape -it was a discovery back then in 95/96, being able to be whoever he wants to be in there, a huge writer, a supermodel...and you wouldn't ever know it.
    His voice sound just beautiful and reminds me that pain of feeling all alone in the world...and somehow out of place.
    Gabigson August 10, 2005   Link

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