Cake: Short Skirt Long Jacket Meaning
Song Released: 2001
Short Skirt Long Jacket Lyrics
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 and thorough
And sharp as a tack
anonymous May 2nd, 2009 5:59am report
Wow, you people are some kind of simple.
In summary, the song is describing a man's vision of the perfect woman, someone with both a fun, sexy, and materialistic side and an intelligent, practical, and responsible side. The lines alternate between those two extremes.
"I want a girl with a mind like a diamond/I want a girl who knows what's best" -- self-explanatory. He wants a head-strong responsible woman.
"I want a girl with shoes that cut and eyes that burn like cigarettes" -- he wants this responsible girl to be fiercely sexy.
"She's playing with her jewelry
She's putting up her hair
She's touring the facility
And picking up slack"
- Again, self-explanatory if you're not mentally handicapped.
"She wants a car with a cupholder arm rest" - A healthy amount of materialism.
"She wants a car that will get her there" - on a foundation of practicality.
"I want a girl with a short skirt and long jacket" -- the title, the central theme. The short skirt is the fun-loving sex appeal, and the long jacket is the power and responsibility.
If you wanted to take the interpretation even further, you can say John McCrea is pointing out that the ideal woman is unrealistic. This can be supported with the lyrics, "I want a girl who gets up early. I want a girl who stays up late." This indicates a lifestyle that can't be sustained for very long, and eventually a girl will fail to live up to what was desired.
However, there seems to be slightly more emphasis on the serious/intelligent/practical side of a woman, which suggests he just wants a down-to-earth girl who can work hard and play hard.
anonymous Mar 3rd, 2017 3:48am report
Someone told me this is referring to the VAG
anonymous Jun 26th, 2016 6:00am report
In Cali, a "jacket" is a person's arrest record in court proceedings.
A long jacket is a lot of arrests.
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2014 7:59pm report
It's about a female he couldn't get, put her on a pedestal, and wrote a song about her. Simple as that!
anonymous May 31st, 2014 5:22pm report
Does anyone know who did the female version of this song by Cake, sung by a woman with part of the lyrics "i want a man with a long attention span"?
anonymous Jun 4th, 2013 6:23pm report
He is talkin about having a strong sexy transvestite hooker to love
anonymous Mar 10th, 2013 3:00am report
She has a short skirt and a long jacket, she cuts through RED TAPE and she has fingernails that shine like JUSTICE. She is changing her name from Kitty to Karen. (Something more professional.) Uninterrupted Prosperity (A good paying job)Trading her car in for something more professional.
She's touring the facility and picking up slack. She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler La Baron. (A luxury car) She fast thorough and sharp as a tack. This song is CLEARLY about a business woman. In my eyes she's a Lawyer judging from the subtle hints highlighted above, but that is up for interpretation. Anyone who thinks it's about a prostitute is clearly not familiar with the business world.
anonymous Feb 25th, 2013 2:00pm report
This woman is NOT unattainable...just RARE....it does happen though...my bf sings this to me all the time....I'm no hooker, but I work hard and dress to kill when we go out...
anonymous Aug 14th, 2012 8:15pm report
dudes... some guy sang this to me. im not realy sure want too make of it. maybe i thinks im a hooker cause thats wut it sounds like.....
anonymous Jun 1st, 2012 6:48pm report
I always thought it was about the perfect woman being non existent or just unattainable, so he just ends up masterbaiting.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2011 9:15am report
boy: So basically, he wants to have his cake and eat it too
girl: well, he IS the cake. So he has to find other cake to eat.
anonymous Jan 16th, 2011 1:41pm report
It's about the love of his life. Carmen Sandiego. She is all the things he describes. It's kind of self explanatory.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2008 11:55am report
This song is about how when girls wear short skirts and long jackets they look like they have no pants on.
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