Songs about California falling into the ocean.
August 6, 2011 3:27 PM   Subscribe

Looking for songs about or featuring California falling into the ocean.

Examples: It seems to be a motif I run across often, but can't remember songs other than these. Any more?
posted by eyeballkid to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Steely Dan sings "California tumbles into the sea / That'll be the day I go back to Annandale" in "My Old School."
posted by mauvest at 3:32 PM on August 6, 2011 [2 favorites]

Thanks. Was thinking of that one today too when this question occurred to me.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:34 PM on August 6, 2011

Tom Petty - California "California's been good to me, Hope it don't fall into the sea"
posted by slightlybewildered at 3:47 PM on August 6, 2011

What about: Sink With California by Youth Brigade
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 3:51 PM on August 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Dar Williams - Southern California Wants to be Western New York

"There's a part of the country could drop off tomorrow in an earthquake / Yeah it's out there on the cutting edge, the people move, the sidewalks shake..."
posted by coffeepot at 3:54 PM on August 6, 2011

Oooooh! Goodbye California by The Queers, from the Grow Up record.

(Can't find a youtube link, curses!)

"When you fall into the sea / Don't even look for me / I'll be in Boston hey hey hey!"
posted by capnsue at 4:02 PM on August 6, 2011

Shango- "Day After Day"
In the 80s, radio station KROQ in L.A. used to sometimes interrupt whatever was playing and start up this song when an earthquake hit. Sometimes. I seem to remember a different version, though.

Day after day, more people come to L.A.
Ssh! Don't you tell anybody the whole place is slipping away.
Where can we go when there's no San Francisco?
Ssh! Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho.

posted by planetkyoto at 4:06 PM on August 6, 2011

How about the Death Cab for Cutie song Why You'd Want to Live Here.
posted by statsgirl at 4:07 PM on August 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Old 97's, Just Like California

"Steal the sideshow, burn the disco, slide into the sea"
posted by equalpants at 4:08 PM on August 6, 2011

I thought Bill Hicks might have had a song to go along with the album, Arizona Bay. Sadly, no, but it seems Tool did a song called Aenima referencing it:

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.

posted by iotic at 4:11 PM on August 6, 2011

Whoops, ah you had it in the question :)
posted by iotic at 4:12 PM on August 6, 2011

California Jam by Klaatu
Pretty much the whole song is about California falling into the sea.
Ah, California
She's in mythical Malibu
Sitting on the ocean
Goodbye mythical Malibu
The San Andreas Misfortune
Will claim the lives of sons and wives
The headlines will fill page after page

posted by NoraCharles at 4:26 PM on August 6, 2011

Naked and Famous, Presidents of the United States of America:

I can't explain glacial motion
Or why Los Angeles don't drop into the ocean
posted by StephenF at 4:29 PM on August 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Though in the recording of the record in my head it's 'fall' into the ocean, not 'drop', so you might want to check that if complete accuracy is important.
posted by StephenF at 4:30 PM on August 6, 2011

Just one line at the end, but Thomas Dolby - Screen Kiss.
posted by germdisco at 4:51 PM on August 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Calamity Song by the Decemberists is about that.
posted by bleep at 5:17 PM on August 6, 2011

Losing California.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:15 PM on August 6, 2011

I wish California would fall in the ocean and everyone would die
Blatz - California
posted by cmonkey at 9:38 PM on August 6, 2011

Firewater's "So Long, Superman" mentions it:

So long, Superman
I'll light a candle for you
Say a prayer as California
Falls into the sea
L.A., I never knew you
Goodbye, good riddance to you
Go to Hell and hallelujah
You never meant much to me.

posted by jesourie at 12:31 AM on August 7, 2011

There's another punk song that's not been listed but I can't remember the lyric or the song for the life of me.
posted by stackhaus23 at 10:10 AM on August 7, 2011

San Andreas Fault by Natalie Merchant
posted by beandip at 10:49 AM on August 7, 2011

Tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication. Red Hot Chili Peppers.
posted by gingerbeer at 1:45 PM on August 7, 2011

'Sin City', a song about Los Angeles by The Flying Burrito Brothers, has a verse that begins, "The scientists say it'll all wash away."
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 12:21 AM on August 8, 2011

Halloween, Alaska's "The Hollywood Sign":

California knows full well
it's gonna fall into the sea.

posted by radioaction at 9:03 AM on August 8, 2011

Tangentially, Santa Monica from Everclear.

"...swim out past the breakers/watch the world die"
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:04 AM on August 9, 2011

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