Short Skirt/Long Jacket
by Cake

Album: Comfort Eagle (2001)
Charted: 63
  • 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's fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack
    She's playing with her jewelry
    She's putting up her hair
    She's touring the facilities
    And picking up slack
    I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket.

    I want a girl who gets up early
    I want a girl who stays up late
    I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
    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 facilities 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
    I want a girl with good dividends
    At City Bank we will 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 Writer/s: JOHN MCCREA
    Publisher: Stamen Music
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Melizza from New Hope, TxI love your comment Aairhead, that's what I always thought about the song. It's kind of an anthem for some women, I imagine this woman is unstoppable. In your mind, she can look however you like, but her will is iron. I have always loved it.
  • Aairhead from Sparks, NvMy mom comes to mind every time I hear this song. He is definitely describing a detailed image and fantasizing about the kind of girl he wants. but I found that none of the details are objectively precise enough to be considered "particular details". Every physical detail he mentions (which is what typical guys who are not lyrical artists or poets tend to focus on) like her shoes, eyes, finger nails, even the short skirt and long jacket- are only suggestive of the non-physical attributes. He does not create a solid visual image of her at all. She could look like anyone. short, tall, thin, fat, blond, brunette, young, old, color of her eyes or nail polish, what kind of shoes... Everything (and I literally mean EVERYTHiNG) is cerebral metaphor and concept. Each so-called particular detail really only serves to reinforce the general theme of his ideal. A strong, independent, hard-working, smart, shrewd, confident, highly competent, commanding, no-nonsense, go-getter. She's a successful career woman who is a financial wiz, she's got her s--t together, knows what she wants and will get it. on the fast track up to boss lady. And the short skirt/long jacket brings to mind a stereotypical of a Smoking hot lawyer, CEO, business owner
  • Colin from NhI think that the singer wants someone who is smart but also likes to have fun. The short skirt being the fun aspect, and the long jacket being a lab coat or the like. Hence the talk of "smooth liquidation" and "touring the facility and picking up slack"
  • Mark from El Cajon, CaIts pretty obvious that this guy wants a girl that has a sense of opposition or a contrast in her styles. However whenever I listen to this I seem to think of more. For some reason I would picture the main character as Uncle Sam describing his perfect Aunt Samantha. I picture this cause he talks about banks as well as bright and flashyness, boldness (similar to the American culture). He talks about seeing her at the bank (American currency largely revolves around the bank) as well as a short skirt covered by a long jacket. I could see this jacket ans skirt a dark blue or red covered in stars. I don't know why this image always comes to me, but even the beat of the song makes me think of it.
  • Jas from Clifton, TxAndy from San Jose, if you actually read what the guys from Cake said about the song, it has nothing to do with a "criminal jacket," and that is a ridiculously far-out stretch in interpretation. It's a girl wearing a short skirt who is also wearing a long jacket, not that uncommon in the fashion world. Like the guy from Cake, who actually sings the song and knows what it's about, said, it's like she was trying to find a balance between the two extremes. It's a great song and it has absolutely nothing to do with anything criminal. Don't let your desire to be a wannabe philosopher overrule good sense, and don't let it overrule what the band actually says about their own song. People always think that they know some hidden meaning that the artist doesn't. The same thing happened to The Vapors with 'Turning Japanese.' It was about obsession, but countless people swore it was really about masturbation, even though the Vapors said outright that it's about obsession. If you want to believe this is about a girl with a "criminal jacket;" A) you're going totally against what Cake was trying to say and; B) it kinda says a lot about the women you date. Just enjoy the song the way they meant it, they're artists and we owe them that.
  • Andy from San Jose, Ca"I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket" That line is referring to a short skirt and a long criminal jacket not an actual jacket.
  • Vikram from San Diego, Cathis song is about the ideal girl. you want her to be sexy and edgy(short skirt) but at the same time a responsible woman with a good head on her shoulders(long jacket). the girl/woman is still wild but on the verge of being ready to settle down. -baird, sierra madre
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnQuite a few once-good songs have been ruined by being used as jingles for beer (and other) commercials. This song, on the other hand, sounds like it actually BELONGS in a beer commercial, but isn't. I guess we really do live in a world without justice...
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