Cruisin'

Album: The Malibu Sessions (2016)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Colbie Caillat sings here about "cruisin' round naked." The inspiration for her carefree attitude came from observing babies on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii. She explained to AT40:

    "I go to the island of Kauai in Hawaii and we go write there all the time. It was Jason Reeves, his wife Danielle and my sister Morgan. We were all on the beach and Jason just had this little baby Martin guitar, and we were looking at all the babies and they were running around naked, and we were like 'It's not fair. It's way more comfortable. They have no tan line.'

    We were just kind of making this joke about how everything in Hawaii is laid-back and fun and carefree, so we kind of just [started] making a little bit of a joke song, and then we really loved it. We wrote it right there on the beach that day, and I still have the audio recording of it.

    It's one that I love because it has a million harmonies on it and it talks about my favorite island in the world."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Randy Newman

Randy NewmanSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman Jack

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Oliver Leiber

Oliver LeiberSongwriter Interviews

Long before she was judging contestants on American Idol, Oliver was producing Paula Abdul. Here's how he helped turn this unknown choreographer into a star.

Steely Dan

Steely DanFact or Fiction

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?

Al Jourgensen of Ministry

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.