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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Camper Van Beethoven Would Like All the "Northern California Girls" to Come Home

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

click to enlarge Camper Van Beethoven recording in Oakland. - MYLES BOISEN VIA FACEBOOK
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  • Camper Van Beethoven recording in Oakland.

Camper Van Beethoven has a message for all you wayward Northern Californians: Come the hell home!

The band's upcoming album, La Costa Perdida (out Jan. 22), is named after the wild stretch of coast along Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Having spent their formulative years in Riverside, Santa Cruz, and S.F. -- and recorded their latest album in Oakland -- David Lowery and Co. are no strangers to the allure of California, both the myth and the real thing.

"Northern California Girls," the album's first single, is basically a plea for all you Cali expats to come the hell home. It's a sweet, soft bit of psychedelic country-folk (a sort-of ode to the guys who penned "California Girls"), with lyrics that betray a conviction that California is the best place to live. Especially the northern half of it.

Do they really believe it? Lowery says the song began as a tweak on the Beach Boys, whose Big Sur period inspired La Costa Perdida. But whether it's mean to be taken at face or not, this lovelorn plea offers a lot of reasons why wayward Northern California Girls should come home. Check it out:

Northern California Girls

Northern California girls say, "Baby come home now"

You don't belong there

Everybody knows this but you

Don't you miss the ocean

Don't you miss the weather

Don't you miss me just a little bit

Northern California girls say, "Come home from Texas"

You could take fast train

Baby take the next plane

You'd be home by supper time

There ain't nobody like me

Ain't nobody like me out there

Northern California girls say, "You don't know what you're missing"

I got a good job stay home and play the guitar

You can raise the children barefoot on the beaches

Teach 'em how to surf and play baseball

Northern California girls say, "Come home from Brooklyn!"

You could take a fast train

Baby take the next plane

You'd be home by suppertime

There ain't nobody like me

Ain't nobody like me out there

Northern California girls say, "Everything happens for a reason"

You did what you had to do

Now it's time for you to come home

Northern California Girls

Northern California Girls

Northern California Girls

Northern California Girls

-- @iPORT


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