Vampire Weekend - California English Lyrics

Vampire Weekend Contra cover art
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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
CD 1
  • 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


  • Credits
    album: Track 4 in album Contra
    release date: 2010-1-11
    popularity : 95 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock
    length: 2:31
    producer: Rostam
    lead vocals: Ezra Koenig
    mixer: Justin Gerrish and Rostam
    engineer: Rostam, Shane Stoneback and Justin Gerrish
    guitars: Rostam
    background vocals: Chris Baio
    guitar: Ezra Koenig
    additional guest cello: Hamilton Berry
    guest additional viola & violin: Jonathan Chu
    additional synthesizer: Chris Baio
    assistant engineer: Fernando Lodeiro
    composer: Ezra Koenig, Christopher Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam
    lyricist: Ezra Koenig
    Album Information
    label: XL Recordings
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 634904042929
    script: Latin