California Kids

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"California Kids"
California Kids cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The White Album)
Released March 9, 2016
Recorded 2015
Length 3:25
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Dan Wilson
Producer Jake Sinclair
Status officially released
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Professional reviews
Weezer (The White Album) track listing
"California Kids"
(1)
"Wind in Our Sail"
(2)
"カリフォルニア"
カリフォルニア cover
Single by Scott & Rivers
Released December 2014
Format digital
Length 3:02
Label Universal Music Japan
Status officially released
Scott & Rivers singles chronology
"Homely Girl" (2013) "California"
(2014)
"Doo Wop" (2016)
"カリフォルニア サンシャイン"
カリフォルニア サンシャイン cover
Album track by Scott & Rivers
Album ニマイメ
Released April 12, 2017
Length 3:13
Label SMJ
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo/Scott Murphy/Dan Wilson
Status officially released
ニマイメ track listing
"Fun In The Sun feat. PES (RIP SLYME)"
(3)
"カリフォルニア サンシャイン"
(4)
"風吹けば"
(5)

"California Kids" is the first track on The White Album. The song was initially released as "カリフォルニア" (California), a standalone single by Scott & Rivers on iTunes in December of 2014. It was later reworked, in English, as "California Kids", for inclusion on White. A new recording of the original Japanese song later appeared as "カリフォルニア サンシャイン" (California Sunshine) on the second Scott & Rivers album, ニマイメ, in 2017.

Overview

In early 2015, Rivers told fans that an English version of "California" was being considered for inclusion in the Detour pilot.

"California Kids" was the only song kept from a group of 235 demos that Cuomo and producer Jake Sinclair listened to in early 2015 when beginning work on what would become The White Album [1], and it was the inspiration for the album's "beach/nautical theme." The lyrics feature a "pack of heroic slackers," according the the album's iTunes description. The song was accidentally made available for streaming on Apple Music in the US on February 25, 2016 and shared among the fan community before it was taken down again by Apple.

The song, played live and acoustically, was released on the band's Spotify Sessions EP.

Music video

The music video was directed by SCANTRON and Jade Ehlers and premiered on March 9, 2016.

Reception

The song received a middling review from Teenage Victory Songs, representing the moderately positive reception that band's more diehard fan base has shown the song.

Audio

Personnel

Weezer

Scott & Rivers

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Lyrics

California Kids

When you wake up
Cobwebs on your eyelids
Stuck in rigor mortis
Just keep going
'Til you hit the ocean
And you turn Californian

You don't have to have the answers
Don't you worry, don't you worry

It's gonna be alright
If you're on a sinking ship
The California kids
Will throw you a lifeline
And if you're up all night
Thinking 'bout something you did
The California kids
Will show you the sunshine

In your bare feet, in mid-January
Swimming in the mystery

Second guessing almost everything
Don't you worry, don't you worry

It's gonna be alright
If you're on a sinking ship
The California kids
Will throw you a lifeline
And if you're up all night
Thinking 'bout something you did
The California kids
Will show you the starlight

And your old friends
Chilling back in Boston
You never forgot them

カリフォルニア

Japanese

ため息 凍る窓に 白い世界
遠くに 海を仰ぎ カリフォルニアに
見えない ゆく未来 不安を ぬぐうと

It's gonna be alright 沈みかけても
カリフォルニアの 陽を浴びたら
くじけそうで 眠れない日も
カリフォルニアの そこにサンシャイン

真冬に 素足でビーチ まわるフリスビー
水際 波たてば 潮風 ふきつけて

It's gonna be alright 沈みかけても
カリフォルニアの 陽を浴びたら
くじけそうで 眠れない日も
カリフォルニアの そこにサンシャイン

誰にも わからなくても 僕だけの場所

It's gonna be alright 沈みかけても
カリフォルニアの 陽を浴びたら
くじけそうで 眠れない日も
カリフォルニアの そこにサンシャイン
カリフォルニアの そこにサンシャイン
ショー ミー ザ サンシャイン

English translation

Translation courtesy of AllThingsWeezer user Swede

Intro:
My sigh freezes on the window, the world is white (i.e. snowing outside)

Verse:
Looking towards the ocean far away in California
I can't see where the future is headed, but if I shed all my worries

Chorus:
It's gonna be alright, even if I sink and fall, if I soak up the California Sun
Even on the days when I feel like I'm gonna break and can't sleep, there's sunshine out there in California

Verse:
A frisbee's spinning while we're barefoot on the beach in the middle of winter
If the wave's roll in on the water's edge, I can feel that ocean air blowing

Bridge:
Even if no one else understands, there's still a place just for me

See also