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Cake: Short Skirt Long Jacket Meaning

Song Released: 2001

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Short Skirt Long Jacket Lyrics

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 and thorough
And sharp as a tack


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    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.


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    Mar 3rd, 2017 3:48am report

    Someone told me this is referring to the VAG


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    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.


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    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!


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    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"?


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    Jun 4th, 2013 6:23pm report

    He is talkin about having a strong sexy transvestite hooker to love


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    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.


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    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...


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    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.....


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    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.


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    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.


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    Aug 20th, 2011 8:38pm report

    I thought it was about him wanted a bisexual, a guy that dresses like a girl, but has a very long... long... long penis, being the jacket.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Aug 15th, 2011 8:53am report

    He definitely wants a hooker

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    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.


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    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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