Your tells are so obvious
Shoulders too broad for a girl
Keeps you reminded
Helps you to remember where you come from

You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick

Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone with you
With you, with you

You've got no cunt in your strut
You've got no hips to shake
And you know it's obvious
But we can't choose how we're made

You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick

Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone with you
With you, with you

You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick

Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could have spent the whole day alone with you
With you, with you


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    General CommentSo many of us can relate to this...

    I love it when she sings, "You want them to notice"... Makes me think of the song 'Ocean' and of Laura writing such explicit, personal lyrics back then and hoping somebody would bring up the subject of her gender identity but nobody even took the lyrics seriously.

    "You want them to see you like they see every other girl
    They just see a faggot"... Great lyrics full of honesty.
    MargaritaLon April 24, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like Rough Surf On The Coast is a reference to The Ocean. And in The Ocean is the song where he first says I wish I was born a woman, called Laura etc.
    Kingcrimsonproon October 28, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI remember a video where Laura talked about this song. She was reading journal entries from like 2010, there was one that talked about buying women's clothes from a department store when she was still closeted, and the salesperson treated her like crap. But at the same time, she's also mentioned "getting beat up a lot" in school. I feel like this song could just as easily describe bullying, especially "rough surf on the coast, wish i could've spent the whole day alone"
    what111746on October 21, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThe line that hit me was, “They hold their breath not to catch the sick.” Such a powerful statement. Real. Reminded me of “cooties” when I was in, like, kindergarden. Now, in the song she’s much older but getting it from both boys and girls—rejected by all. Cuts deep.
    ultraskipon May 31, 2019   Link

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