California Gurls
Lyrics Katy Perry

Featuring: Snoop Dogg

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[Snoop Dogg]
Greetings loved ones
Let's take a journey

[Katy Perry]
I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
Sippin' gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
The boys
Break their necks
Tryna to creep a little sneak peek
(At us)

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the golden coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
Oooooh oh oooooh

California girls
We're unforgettable
Daisy Dukes
Bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin
So hot
Will melt your popsicle
Oooooh oh oooooh

California girls
We're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West coast represent
Now put your hands up
Oooooh oh oooooh

Sex on a beach
We get sand in our stilettos
We freak
And we're cheap
So play the songs on the stereo

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the golden coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
Oooooh oh oooooh

California girls
We're unforgettable
Daisy Dukes
Bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin
So hot
Will melt your popsicle
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

California girls
We're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West coast represent
Now put your hands up
Oooooh oh oooooh

[Snoop Dogg]
Tone tan
Fit and ready
Turn it up cause its gettin' heavy
Wild wild west coast
These are the girls I love the most
I mean the ones
I mean like she's the one
Kiss her
Touch her
Squeeze her

The girl's a freak
She drives a jeep
The men on the beach
I'm okay
I won't play
I love the bait
Just like I love LA
Venice beach
And Palm Springs
Summer time is everything

Come on boys
Hanging out
All that a-s
Hanging out
Bikinis, tankinis, martinis
No weenies
Just to get
In betweeny
Katy my lady
(Yeah)
You looking here baby
(Uh huh)
I'm all up on you
Cause you representing California
(Oohhh yeahh)

[Katy Perry]
California girls
We're unforgettable
Daisy Dukes
Bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin
So hot
Will melt your popsicle
Oooooh oh oooooh

California girls
We're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West coast represent
(West coast, west coast)
Now put your hands up
Oooooh oh oooooh

[Snoop Dogg]
(California, California)
California girls man
I wish they all could be
California girls
(California)
I really wish
You all could be
California girls
(California, yeah)

Song facts

"California Gurls" is an electropop song by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry. It serves as the lead single of her third studio album, Teenage Dream. The song features rapper Snoop Dogg, and was produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Benny Blanco. According to Perry, the song is an answer song to "Empire State of Mind".

In an interview with HitQuarters, Perry's A&R at the time, Chris Anokute, said that while traveling back from an Oscar after-party Katy texted him to say she didn't think the album was finished and that it needed one more song. She said that she wanted to write a song about California girls.

During a Rolling Stone photo shoot in April 2010, Perry revealed details about the song, allegedly a response to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind', she stated: "It's so great that 'Empire State of Mind" is huge and that everybody has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California? And it's been a minute since we've had a California song and especially from a girl's perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and we took a lot of the '90s, ... almost that house music, some of those references." Initially the song was titled "California Girls", but Perry changed the spelling to "California Gurls" at the request of her manager in tribute to Big Star, which had recently lost one of its members, as a reference to their song "September Gurls".

"California Gurls" sold 294,000 digital downloads in its first week and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Perry's highest debut on the chart since 2008 with her debut single "I Kissed a Girl". Within seven weeks of its release, "California Gurls" has sold over two million downloads, which is the second fastest pace to do so in digital history behind Flo Rida's "Right Round". To date, it has sales of over 7 million worldwide.

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