If everybody in the U.S.A
Could come with us to Californ-I-a
We could take 'em to a place out west
Where the good sun shines everyday

Now there's a touch o' Californ-I-a
In everyone who's ever been this way
And when your telephone begins to ring
And the operator comes on the line

California callin'
I'll be there right away
There's some beautiful women
Gonna find me one
To show me how to ride the ultimate wave

Now I've joined the surfin' nation and so
I'll take a permanent vacation and go
To the golden shores of 'Frisco Bay
I'll ride 'em all the way to Malibu

And I'll take ya' boogie boardin' with me
'Cause when we're surfin' it's so great to be free
And when you're on a California beach
You might even find 'em windsurfin' too

California callin'
I'll be there right away
There's some beautiful women
Gonna find me one
To show me how to ride the ultimate wave

In the fifties it was "Hey Daddy O"
Then came the surfers and the Hodads ya' know
We had our woodies and our custom cars
And when we drove around we knew we were bad

My baby listens to my car radio
And when we're cruisin' lets the whole world know
And when our favorite surfin' song comes on
We always let 'em know it's "Totally Rad!"

California callin'
I'll be there right away
There's some beautiful women
Gonna find me one
To show me how to ride the ultimate wave

California callin'
She's still on the line
There's a beautiful woman
Gonna show me how
To ride 'em at the county line

California callin'
I'll be there right away
There's some beautiful women
Gonna find me one
To show me how to ride the ultimate wave



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California Calling Lyrics as written by Brian Wilson Alan Jardine

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    This is a lost gem in the Beach Boys library. It heralds from their self-titled album in 1985 during their 80's resurgance. It contains ALL the elements of their best songs from their "golden era" (what took them so long to get back to it I'll never know), albiet sounding more modern. Al Jardine's part of the vocal is great, since - in my opinion - he came to have the best and most summer-y Beach Boys voice as they got older (sorry Mike Love). This is one of their "best of the best" songs - so go and get it.

    The Swing Kingon December 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Sorry, Swing King, but I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this song. First, Mike Love's nasally vocal flat out ruins the song. Second, the lyrics are rather weak, and in my opinion, quite corny. Third, I think this song was nothing but a cash-in by Mike and Al on the classic style Brian had perfected in the 60s. Either that, or Mike and Al had some sort of a middle age crisis where they made a really bad attempt to recapture their youth.

    ascrodinon February 18, 2007   Link

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