This Is Just Like California!

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August 2000, 81 Cleveland Ln., Princeton, NJ

That February, my gamble at adulthood—living with my girlfriend in Westchester County—proved to be not very well thought out, and I finally caved and slunk home to my parents’ house to record snippets (complete songs were not possible in my state) on my four-track in the attic. By the summertime I was still there, although my parents were not, and some days in the empty house were better than others. This was one of the iffy ones. I thought maybe if I tried to wag the dog, make a happy party picnic jam—smiles beget smiles!—then maybe I’d feel better. Yipp-i-doo! At 0:41 there’s this one double “Yahoo!” that sounds so starved for joy that it’s practically choking on itself. The poor little feller, he tries so hard: I daresay the entire effort is heroic. But in its barely articulated desperation, it still might be the saddest song I’ve ever recorded, which is no small statement. Here’s a transcript.

This is the sunshine song. (Yippee!) Pretend you’re at a park. Pretend you’re at a park! Just pretend you’re at a park! Ohh . . . (Whoop-i-doo! Yay!) what a nice day it is! (Skip-i-dee-boo!) I’ve got the picnic basket (Who brought the Frisbee?), I’ve got the Frisbee and the transistor radio . . . (Catch! Catch!) Whoo-hoo. (Yippee-doo! Yippeeee! Whoo-hoo! Yahoo! Yippee-doo!) Yahoo, yahoo! La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la (I feel like taking my shirt off!) (Go for it, man!) (Whoo-hoo.) Yahoo! Hey, throw me the football! (Okay, here I go! Catch! [Whee-hee!] Nice catch!) (Whoo-hoo.) La la la la la la la. Hey, man, this is just like California! Yee-hee! (Skee-be-dub-i-dee-dub-i-dee-doo!) (Rrrrrrrrrrr-row-de-dow-dow-dow-dow!) (Here, boy! Here, boy!) (Arf! Arf arf arf!) (Yipp-i-dee-dipp-i-dee-dap-i-dee-bap-i-dee-bow!)


A picnic, some people tossing the Frisbee, a hippie guitar circle, a little dog barking as he tries to track the flying disc: From my lonely perch in my parents’ house in the summer of 2000, is this all I wanted? Last Friday afternoon I found myself in Golden Gate Park as the shadows lengthened and the action all around me unfolded, I swear, 100 percent exactly as scripted. “This is just like ‘This Is Just Like California,’” I said aloud as I walked through the heart of Sharon Meadow. I was by myself so nobody heard me, but at least I thought it was pretty funny.

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This is the sunshine song. (Yippee!) Pretend you’re at a park. Pretend you’re at a park! Just pretend you’re at a park! Ohh . . . (Whoop-i-doo! Yay!) what a nice day it is! (Skip-i-dee-boo!) I’ve got the picnic basket (Who brought the Frisbee?), I’ve got the Frisbee and the transistor radio . . . (Catch! Catch!) Whoo-hoo. (Yippee-doo! Yippeeee! Whoo-hoo! Yahoo! Yippee-doo!) Yahoo, yahoo! La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la (I feel like taking my shirt off!) (Go for it, man!) (Whoo-hoo.) Yahoo! Hey, throw me the football! (Okay, here I go! Catch! [Whee-hee!] Nice catch!) (Whoo-hoo.) La la la la la la la. Hey, man, this is just like California! Yee-hee! (Skee-be-dub-i-dee-dub-i-dee-doo!) (Rrrrrrrrrrr-row-de-dow-dow-dow-dow!) (Here, boy! Here, boy!) (Arf! Arf arf arf!) (Yipp-i-dee-dipp-i-dee-dap-i-dee-bap-i-dee-bow!)

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from Thunderegg History Unit, Volume 1 (2012), released March 6, 2012
Originally on In Yanistin (2000).

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