Songs That Grabbed Me – Beach Boys, Surfin’ USA

Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys (music by Chuck Berry), isn’t this the best surfing song? The Wilson brothers were said to have liked the Chuck Berry song Sweet Little Sixteen so much they thought it’d be a great idea to put some surfing lyrics to the music. That led to listing all the popular surfing locations in America, throw in a simple but clever little rhyming story about having no excuses for not surfing if there was an ocean nearby, and the rest is this very catchy song.

But that’s not the best part. Despite being a surfing song featuring American surf beaches, they felt the need to drop in a location from another great surfing country. 4th line, second verse. Australia’s Narrabeen! Whoo-hoo!

It’s not often the Yanks acknowledge Australia so when they do we all whoop and cheer. Well, not really. Only down side is that Narrabeen is in Sydney. Brian and Co. probably had trouble getting Victoria’s Bells Beach to fit nicely. Yes, that’d be the reason.

Still gotta love it!

If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody’d be surfin’
Like californ-I-A
You’d see ’em wearin’ their baggies
Huarachi sandals, too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin’ U.S.A.

You’d catch ’em surfin at Del Mar (Inside, outside, U.S.A.)
Ventura County line
Santa Cruz and Tressels,
Australia’s Narrabeen,
All over Manhattan,
And down Doheny way

Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin U.S.A.

We’ll all be plannin’ out a route
We’re gonna take real soon
We’re waxin’ down our surfboards
We can’t wait for June
We’ll all be gone for the summer
Were on safari to stay
Tell the teacher we’re surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A.

At Haggerty’s and Swami’s
Pacific Palisades
San Onofre and Sunset
Redondo Beach, L.A.
All over La Jolla
At Waiamea Bay

Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A.

Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A.

Yeah, everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A.

Check out the Muppet’s version of Surfin’ USA.

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