Pale Skinny Girl

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"Pale Skinny Girl"
California cover
Song by American Music Club from the album California
Released 1988
Format LP / CS / CD
Length 3:33
Label Grifter Records/Frontier Records/Demon Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Tom Mallon
California track listing
  1. "Firefly"
  2. "Somewhere"
  3. "Laughingstock"
  4. "Lonely"
  5. "Pale Skinny Girl"
  6. "Blue And Grey Shirt"
  7. "Bad Liquor"
  8. "Now You're Defeated"
  9. "Jenny"
  10. "Western Sky"
  11. "Highway 5"
  12. "Last Harbor

"Pale Skinny Girl" is the 5th song on American Music Club's second album, 1988’s California.

Mark Eitzel told Unhinged that the song is "about stopping for gas in South Carolina next to this Marine army base and then this little girl came out of a triangle of furniture to buy some coke and she looked like Ophelia at the bottom of the water, drowned, pale and dead. (The triangle) was where she worked as a secretary. She has long blonde hair and there were flags flapping. It was October and there was this haze. It was romantic and I wrote this thing. She was at the bottom of the lake in a mermaid cave and swam around. She was like an albino fish, never ate daylight. Of course, I didn't say that in the song because the song was flawed. I should have said 'albino fish'. If we'd been Thin White Rope, I could have written a song about albino fish. She is an albino mermaid, clever and cool, but I'm not clever and cool.""[1]


Pale and skinny girl lives in the middle of a mountain
Long golden hair, someone pull her out
She walks across a parking lot
with two quarters in her hand
She just wants to take a little break from nothing

Never sees the daylight
Never needs the daylight

Outside the air pocket, there's no one around
She's frozen with terror like an animal
Baby take your first walk out into the wasteland
On every horizon, nothing

Never needs daylight
Never sees the daylight
Never needs daylight



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  1. Drew (Winter 1989). "American Music Club". Unhinged. Retrieved March 27, 2018.