Thursday, November 18, 2010

Can I has California Gurls?

Apparently not, since they live in some fairy tail island where the grass is really greener, wetter, warmer, and wild. First, take a look at the actual lyrics.

[Snoop Dogg]
Greetings loved ones
Let's take a journey

[Katy Perry]
I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
Sippin' gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
(Undone)
The boys break their necks
Tryin' to creep a little sneak peek
(At us)

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close to the Golden Coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

Sex on a beach
We don't mind sand in out stilettos
We freak, in my jeep
Snoop Doggy Dogg is on the stereo

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close to the Golden Coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)



[Snoop Dogg raps]
Tone tanned, fit and ready,
turn it up 'cause it's getting heavy!
Wild, wild west coast,
these are the girls I love the most!
I mean the ones,
I mean, like, she's the one,
kiss her, touch her, squeeze her buns!

The girl's a freak,
she drives a jeep and lives on the beach,
I'm okay, I won't play,
I love the bay, just like I love L. A.,
Venice Beach and Palm Springs,
summer time is everything!

Home boys hanging out,
all this ass hanging out!
Bikinis, tankinis, martinis, no weenies,
Just a king and a queen,
Katy, my lady, (Yeah)
You looking here baby (uh, huh)!
I'm all up on you,
'Cause you representing California (oh yeah)!

[Katy Perry]
California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

I remember the first time I heard the song, I just imagined something extremely racy like how most music videos these days appear. Not once did it cross my mind that they'd be in some fairy tail world where a place called Candy Mountain might possibly exist. Here is what I'm talking about:






So, the lyrics really don't match up with the visuals at all. Where the grass is always greener and everything is warm, wet and wild, there are ice cream cones everywhere. Laying underneath the palm trees instead portrays women trapped in bubbles. When she says "sex on the beach," she's poking jello. If I had an interpretation for that, I'd lay it out, but I would rather not think about it. Surprisingly, there is an actual point in the video where a popsicle melts at 2:38.
Overall, I think the majority of people that listen to this song don't even think about the lyrics. They are mildly inappropriate to say the least-- the lyrics themselves I mean. If you were to watch the video itself without lyrics, you'd be getting an entirely different message, but the half-nakedness still gives off the same vibe. It appears all music videos these days have to portray something provoking... But then again, it is Katy Perry-- these California Gurls sure are unforgettable.

1 comment:

Shell said...

This video is just weird. Its so degrading for women in my opinion. I'm not sure why anyone would volunteer to be in something like this. I agree they definitely aren't forgettable.