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Cake — Short Skirt Long Jacket
Album: Comfort Eagle
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Released: 2002
Length: 3:23
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I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut
And eyes that burn like cigarettes

I want a girl with the right allocations
Who is fast and thorough and sharp as a tack
She's playing with her jewelry
She's putting up her hair
She's touring the facility and picking up slack
I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket

I want a girl who gets up early (Gets up early)
I want a girl who stays up late (Stays up late)
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity (Uninterrupted)
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape

With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass
She is fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack
She's touring the facility and picking up slack
I want a girl with a short skirt and a long, long jacket

I want a girl with a smooth liquidation (Smooth liquidation)
I want a girl with good dividends (Good dividends)
At Citibank we will meet accidentally (Meet accidentally)
We'll start to talk when she borrows my pen

She wants a car with a cup holder armrest
She wants a car that will get her there
She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron
I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket
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First tune I ever heard from them and I just had to find out about these guys
Another great song for the ladies. Thank you Cake for such romanticism. 7.6
The more I think about these lyrics, the more I agree with them
Kicks ass as do all Cake tunes
 amb599 wrote:
Cake makes me shake my booty.  It seems like a lot of people don't like the style though.  I find that sad.  
 

sheik yerbouti
A 4, but only because of Chuck is it that high.
 dc_zee wrote:
And what does he bring to the table?
 
Dessert, of course - save your fork!
The girl he's looking for is a woman.
LOVE this group. Best driving music ever!!!
I do love Cake.
Was up on a roof in Brooklyn. These guys were playing on the roof next door. Free Cake! perfect
 dc_zee wrote:
And what does he bring to the table?

 
Poetry?
CAKE just might be the most polarizing band, at least as far as comments go, on RP.  Well, I say long live RP for playing CAKE!! This one gets a 9 from me cuz that girl in the bank has got to be fine. 
And what does he bring to the table?
Love me a piece of Cake once in a while!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 ppopp wrote:
No music to be found here. None at all. 

 
COUNTERPOINT: you are allergic to fun
 merrickw wrote:

Definitely reminded me of Lou Reed;  should be followed by Sweet Jane ...

 
Definitely has some Sweet Jane in it ...
 dwhayslett wrote:

You're missing a.  As well as a verb.  ;-)

 
Both Bill and Bill's awesome are awesome.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Thank you Bill for sharing some Cake! Your awesome.

 
You're missing a.  As well as a verb.  ;-)
 
rmaple53 wrote:
{#Bananajam}"Lou Reed" ish  just catchy

 
Definitely reminded me of Lou Reed;  should be followed by Sweet Jane ...
 jbuhl wrote:
" I want a girl with the right allocation"  

Heh    

 
With fingernails that shine like justice
" I want a girl with the right allocation"  

Heh    
First heard this song on the TV show ER of all places
Thank you Bill for sharing some Cake! Your awesome.
 ppopp wrote:
No music to be found here. None at all. 

 
You must be confusing RP with one of those commercial FM stations that employ 2 DJ's per show to jabber mindless crap to each other and cut to commercials every 10 minutes, like some I could mention in the UK.
Reminds me of Jonathan richman
LOVE THIS SONG.
I always like songs about girls, an easy 7
Her long jacket looks like a quiptic crossword.
I dig it. 
 amb599 wrote:
Cake makes me shake my booty.  It seems like a lot of people don't like the style though.  I find that sad.  

 
{#Moon}My booty is always shakin' with Cake.  Love them.
{#Bananajam}"Lou Reed" ish  just catchy
 ppopp wrote:
No music to be found here. None at all. 

 
Profoundly incorrect.
 +1

ppopp wrote:
No music to be found here. None at all. 

 


Cake makes me shake my booty.  It seems like a lot of people don't like the style though.  I find that sad.  
No music to be found here. None at all. 
 Proclivities wrote:

"We'd"?  Don't go gettin' all plural on us now.

 

portrait of Queen Victoria

It suits our double chins. 


 
Highspirits wrote:

what do you mean?   don't you like the Lou Reed style of 'singing'?    It's the perfect voice for this song.

  

One of the better Cake songs and yes the style fits the song quite well. But John McCrea and Lou will always be famous for their limited vocal talents, I reckon. 
 kcar wrote:
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut...


We'd settle for a guy who can sing.  

{#Whipit} 

 
Too funny.  It's true, but somehow it works.
 kcar wrote:
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut...


We'd settle for a guy who can sing.  

{#Whipit} 


"We'd"?  Don't go gettin' all plural on us now.
 kcar wrote:
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut...


We'd settle for a guy who can sing.  

{#Whipit} 

 
what do you mean?   don't you like the Lou Reed style of 'singing'?    It's the perfect voice for this song.
Ah HAH, there is that CAKE I've been talking about all Day.  Yes!!  {#Cheesygrin}
I want a girl with a smooth liquidation (Smooth liquidation)
I want a girl with good dividends (Good dividends)
At Citibank we will meet accidentally (Meet accidentally)
We'll start to talk when she borrows my pen
She wants a car with a cup holder armrest
She wants a car that will get her there
She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron

{#Roflol}
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut...


We'd settle for a guy who can sing.  

{#Whipit} 
Personally, I prefer a 'girl' with a long, oversize t-shirt (mine) and nothing else.

Catchy tune.   
Chit Chat
wonder how the Law of Attraction is holding up here...
Good sounding bass.
 Nerubo wrote:
I've always been a big fan of Cake.  Not sure why many commenters on RP don't click with their tongue-in-cheek lyrics. And their music.
 

 
I think the explanation is that a few hearings pretty much does the job. How many times can one hear this and still find it refreshing? For me, the limit was passed quite a number of listens ago.
I totally love the deadpan "yeah, we're ripping off Sweet Jane/Baba O'Reilly/Ain't Seen Nothin Yet" part of this.
 redrum JckTorance wrote:




 


Chuck vs the annoying cake
I've always been a big fan of Cake.  Not sure why many commenters on RP don't click with their tongue-in-cheek lyrics. And their music.




 
 {#Clap} agree

  bstevens1951 wrote:
Please Bill, no more.

 


 Rockit wrote:
Enough Cake already....Play some Humble Pie!

 

Sorry Rockit, Much too Cheesey...
Please Bill, no more.
 Kanuffen wrote:

For the sake of humanity, can we be spared of this juvenile, wanna-be poet's corner dribble!!



 
But the bassline...
love this song. does "long jacket" refer to an extensive police record?l
This is hilarious.  {#Bananajumprope}

 

For the sake of humanity, can we be spared of this juvenile, wanna-be poet's corner dribble!!


Fur coat, no knickers. And let's hope, the cuffs match the collar.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Cake has worn thin for me over the years, however they are good live.
 



I first discovered Cake live, before they "made it". That show, however, soured me on them since: perky tunes accommodating inappropriate, cynicism, emotives, and expression. Nevertheless, I still find their tunes to be catchy, and yet a sense of (my own) humor in them.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Cake has worn thin for me over the years, however they are good live.
 
sigh...one day i will get to see them live.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
"She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler La Baron"

I don't think I want that girl... 
 
There's a back seat in a Chrysler LeBaron.
Great Beat that Makes you wanna Move.

For Me that is the way I enjoy Life! Just Relax and have a Good Time..
Deadpan funny with infectious groove - gotta like it
Enough Cake already....Play some Humble Pie!
PSD
I dunno...
Love a good guitar lick. This has it!
"She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler La Baron"

I don't think I want that girl... 
Sweet Jane... (a little bit faster).
 Hodgie wrote:
Just an entertaining song.
The lyrics are so deadpan-funny.
So...she borrowed your pen after you two met accidentally at Citibank? Fascinating. A minor event, for certain, but part of the story of a girl "with good dividends and a smooth liquidation"...amongst other things.
 
Ohhhh -THANK YOU, Hodgie! Cake seems to get the same reaction as They Might Be Giants or Devo. Me?  I love the hell outta them, because they're so deadpan. (I think they're flower-child/conspiracy-theorists, which definitely presents a whole new element to the listening experience...)

Just an entertaining song.
The lyrics are so deadpan-funny.
So...she borrowed your pen after you two met accidentally at Citibank? Fascinating. A minor event, for certain, but part of the story of a girl "with good dividends and a smooth liquidation"...amongst other things.
the BEST Cake song...
There are very few songs I can listen to more than once a day without tiring of them... but this is most certainly one of them {#Dancingbanana}
Cake has worn thin for me over the years, however they are good live.
seeing them in June!  Can't wait!!
 h8rhater wrote:

Especially when you are a joyless person, eh?

 
So sayeth "h8rhater"

{#Wink}

 jhorton wrote:
Cake is the f-ing worst bad that ever lived.

Sometimes I am lucky enough to see that they are coming before the song even starts.

You have to appreciate life's little joys. 
 
Especially when you are a joyless person, eh?

I totally love the deadpan "yeah, we're ripping off Sweet Jane/Baba O'Reilly/Ain't Seen Nothin Yet" part of this.
I fear that anyone who's watched "Chuck" will forever associate this song with the show.  I'm trying to separate myself from that mistake - Cake is a good band, with or without the television show. But dang - I can't help it, with this song... I perk up and remember a favorite scene from the show.  And I had NO idea that Zachary Levi could sing, but he's quite good.  In fact, the cast of "Chuck" seems to be a bunch of hidden talents. (Refer to my previous post about the episode "Africa.")

I want a woman with a short skirt and a loooooooooong......jacket. Gee - wonder why? {#Devil_pimp}
 trainer454 wrote:
Love the video for this song ....
 
You mean "Chuck" credits? Me to. {#Laughing} 

(I find it so much better without the words.)
What a delicious coincidence!  Someone brought cake to work. Just had some, and now this...



Love the video for this song ....
I love me some Cake.  I've never heard a Cake song that I'd rate less then a 6.


 ziggytrix wrote:
How hard is it really, to direct your audience into a left versus right sing "nana nana nana" rounds? What fan could possibly resist?

To all you Cake haters - what did fun ever to do you to make you hate it so?
 

Not sure fun ever did anything mean to me, but I am definitely a hater. someone must have spiked my party punch with Cake Hateraide cause I cant shake this fever.
Gotta admit - it's grown on me.  Yeah, I like it.
Yowza!!  {#Sunny}
 Art_Carnage wrote:

 
...hey, it's miranda!..
 sandpebble wrote:
Great song... and "Chuck" is a pretty cool show
 
I just hope the show resolves the latest story arc ("Mom") before hanging up the Intersect for good.  There seemed times when the show was brought back from death's doorstep only by virtue of fans complaining. (Also, I get tired of mixed comedy-action-romance shows that lose their humor over time. The thing that draws me to shows like Chuck often get taken away by the third season.)

First time I've heard the song w/ words. ;-)
 
I think the girl in that short skirt and long jacket is named "Sweet Jane"...
I LOVE Cake, but have to say that this tune is overplayed. How about something that doesn't get radio play, like Opera Singer, or Pretty Pink Ribbon?

 sandpebble wrote:
Great song... and "Chuck" is a pretty cool show
 
Yvonne Strahowski - I catch myself trying to imitate her grin.  Well, no way I'ma imitate her in a short, tight red dress, so the grin will have to do.  But Chuck - to those who've never seen it, rent it on DVD. It's one of those shows that will ambush you with delight when you least expect it.  My favorite moment was "Africa."  Those who've seen the show will understand.  Those who haven't will just have to watch it. And to this day, I can't listen to Toto's version of "Africa" without remembering the geek-version and its redemption in the end.

Cake.  Good. Especially with ice cream.{#Foot-in-mouth}
 sandpebble wrote:
Great song... and "Chuck" is a pretty cool show
 
Agreed!  I've been watching "Chuck" since its inception. It started out sorta dorky, but it's gotten darker, more intelligent, and even a little more unnerving.  And I love this song as the theme. Geeky, fun, totally incomprehensible and absolutely wonderful.

"Chuck" has been renewed for another season. (Ghost Whisperer, which I'd thought would be a no-brainer, was cancelled. Proof that the networks know absolutely NOTHING about anything other than the almighty dollar.)

Um - okay. Back to the music.  Cake flips my switches. I can't explain it. I hear a song by them and I either grit my teeth and try very hard not to write something scathing, or I just do the dancing-banana icon and go with it. Maybe that's why I love this band. There's no middle-ground for me, and that works.

 ziggytrix wrote:
To all you Cake haters - what did fun ever to do you to make you hate it so?
 
I don't hate Cake. Cake is fine. This is just monotone though, and the music is annoyingly repetitive.

But yes, Chuck is cool. So it gets an extra point for making me think of Yvonne Strahovski. 
Great song... and "Chuck" is a pretty cool show
right on! ziggytrix wrote:
How hard is it really, to direct your audience into a left versus right sing "nana nana nana" rounds? What fan could possibly resist?

To all you Cake haters - what did fun ever to do you to make you hate it so?
 


Yup, got the Kevin Ayers tone, nice one!
Will we ever hear Fake Mexican Tourist Blues on RP?
How hard is it really, to direct your audience into a left versus right sing "nana nana nana" rounds? What fan could possibly resist?

To all you Cake haters - what did fun ever to do you to make you hate it so?
SHort skirt
 jools wrote:

Make that Coldplay, delete Cake - who at least make you smile and bring a bit of humour to the proceedings of life.  Unlike COLDPLAY and RADIOHEAD, both of which in our house are referred to as "Those Miserable Bas***ds".
 
Ditto on the humor.  Love these guys.

 vandal wrote:

Sounds so lame

{#Yawn}

 There, fixed it for you.



Sounds so lame wedged in between Patty Griffin's "Stay on the Ride" and Chicago's "I'm a Man"

{#Yawn}

She'd be even better bouncing on my Italian leather sofa.
 

Love this song so much.

 keller1 wrote:

For me, second worst after Radiohead.

Melody-free horseshit.
 
Make that Coldplay, delete Cake - who at least make you smile and bring a bit of humour to the proceedings of life.  Unlike COLDPLAY and RADIOHEAD, both of which in our house are referred to as "Those Miserable Bas***ds".
Nice to hear something that is a bit quirky!  I like their stuff - as does my legendary 14 year old son.

This one puts me in mind of Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes by Kevin Ayers 
 
 jhorton wrote:
Cake is the f-ing worst bad that ever lived.

 
For me, second worst after Radiohead.

Melody-free horseshit.

 linden wrote:
Gets a 9 just for the lines, "She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen/She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron."
 
Same reason here, but for "Fingernails that shine like justice."

but minus a thousand for the Citibank reference...

 gandalfbmg wrote:


How is that a criticism?  Because catchy = "pop"?  The Beatle's wrote catchy songs. Beethoven wrote catchy songs...

PS: I am NOT trying to compare Cake to these artists, just making a point...
 
Okay, you are comparing Cake to The Beatles and Beethoven?

Cake is the f-ing worst bad that ever lived.

Sometimes I am lucky enough to see that they are coming before the song even starts.

You have to appreciate life's little joys. 


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andrewimft wrote:
It's completely superficial like so many of Cake's songs. And there's nothing wrong with that either, but it makes it light fun, but in my opinion not great. The kind of woman Cake's describing would last a week, while Dylan's and Westerberg's girl could become a wife.
Very well put.  Cake has the shelf life of, well, cake.


 linden wrote:
Gets a 9 just for the lines, "She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen/She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron."
 
Good lyric; bad trade!
 Crawlmeister wrote:

Lady, NOTHING is more sexy than a girl with root access using VI.

 
{#Lol}{#High-five}

roggles wrote:

Wow. I don't know which lyrics you read, but, well... wow.

These lyrics paint a perfect (and very coherent) portrait of the girl. By paying attention to details normally neglected by your typical gushingly trite love song they grab your attention and create a real living sense.

This girl is an ass-kicking go-getter business type, with an incredible hidden sexiness (the short skirt hidden by the long jacket). By meeting in a bank, it sets up the perfect anti-romance. This ain't no flower-in-her-hair, puppy-dogs and ice-cream, nancy girl. She'll whip you into shape and then send you an invoice. She'll do the hundred yard dash in high-heels, and beat you.

In fact these lyrics are so clear, I can almost feel her firm handshake (which is what you'd get - none of this kissing on the cheek business with her)

Maybe you should read them again. Or clear your mind first. Or both.


I already got that part of it... it's all on the surface and completely obvious, unlike the deeper aspects of the Dylan or the Replacements' songs I cited... That's why I do like this song as I said, it's fun and ok, but it's not great, it's completely superficial like so many of Cake's songs. And there's nothing wrong with that either, but it makes it light fun, but in my opinion not great. The kind of woman Cake's describing would last a week, while Dylan's and Westerberg's girl could become a wife.

 helene wrote:
This song makes me want to be this girl.  I don't know why, because nothing else ever made me want to be like this, and I don't like women who are like this.  I guess it's just so evocative.

The first time I used a vi editor by myself, I found myself humming this song, and thinking, "I want a girl with root access."  I felt pretty powerful and sexy.

So nobody burst my bubble please. :) 

 
Lady, NOTHING is more sexy than a girl with root access using VI.

 DELTA__9__FOOLS wrote:

Too catchy.


 

How is that a criticism?  Because catchy = "pop"?  The Beatle's wrote catchy songs. Beethoven wrote catchy songs...

PS: I am NOT trying to compare Cake to these artists, just making a point...