California English Lyrics

Vampire Weekend


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig
album: Track 4 in album Contra
release date: 2010-1-11
popularity : 1 users have visited this page.
length: 2:31
engineer: Justin Gerrish, Shane Stoneback, Rostam Batmanglij
assistant engineer: Fernando Lodeiro
guitars: Rostam Batmanglij
additional instrument: Chris Baio, Jonathan Chu, Hamilton Berry
synthesizer: Chris Baio
guest instrument: Hamilton Berry, Jonathan Chu
violin: Jonathan Chu
viola: Jonathan Chu
guitar: Ezra Koenig
cello: Hamilton Berry
mix: Justin Gerrish, Rostam Batmanglij
producer: Rostam Batmanglij
lead vocals: Ezra Koenig
background vocals: Chris Baio

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Wouldn’t ever gag you with a spoon, my only true love
Never really heard you speak that way, it’s unworthy of…
Funny how that little college girl called language corrupt
Funny how the other private schools had no Hapa Club

Someone took a trip before you came to ski in the Alps
Your father moved across the country
Just to sunburn his scalp
Contra Costa, Contra Mundum, contradict what I say
Living like the French Connection, but we’ll die in LA

Blasted from a disconnected light switch
Through the condo that they’ll never finish
Bounced across a Saudi satellite dish
And through your brain to California English

No one sits inside a freezing flat and stays there ‘til May
Leafing through a stack of A-Zs to surf the UK
Waiting with the wind against your face
And gel in your hair
Shivering in little undershirts, but don’t seem to care

Blasted from a disconnected light switch
Through the condo that they’ll never finish
Bounced across a Saudi satellite dish
And through your brain to California English

Sweet carob rice cake
She don’t care how the sweets taste
Fake Philly cheese steak
But she use real toothpaste

Cuz if that Tom’s don’t work
If it just makes you worse
Would you loose all of you faith in the good Earth

And if it’s all a curse
And we’re just getting worse
Baby, please don’t lose your faith in the good earth

Blasted from a disconnected light switch
Through the condo that they’ll never finish
Bounced across a Saudi satellite dish
And through your brain to California English




Track Listing

  • 1 Horchata
  • 2 White Sky
  • 3 Holiday
  • 4 California English
  • 5 Taxi Cab
  • 6 Run
  • 7 Cousins
  • 8 Giving Up the Gun
  • 9 Diplomat’s Son
  • 10 I Think Ur a Contra