Ride The Wild Surf



Sidewalk Surfin'
Jan And Dean
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
Don't be afraid to try the newest sport around
(Bust your buns, bust your buns now)
It's catchin' on in every city and town
You can do the tricks the surfers do, just try a
"Quasimodo" or "The Coffin" too (why don't you)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
You'll probably wipeout when you first try to shoot the curve
(Bust your buns, bust your buns now)
Takin' gas in a bush takes a lotta nerve
Those hopscotch poledads and pedestrians, too, will bug ya
Shout "Cuyabunga!" now and skate right on through (why don't you)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
You can do the tricks the surfers do, just try a
"Quasimodo" or "The Coffin" too (why don't you)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
So get your girl and take her tandem down the street
(Bust your buns, bust your buns now)
Then she'll know you're an asphalt athlete
A downhill grade, man, will give you a kick,
But if the sidewalk's cracked, ya better pull out quick (why don't you)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
(Skateboard with me, why don't you skateboard me?)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
(Skateboard with me, why don't you skateboard me?)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
(Skateboard with me, why don't you skateboard me?)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me
(Skateboard with me, why don't you skateboard me?)
Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me(FADE OUT)

slang
and phrases that were popular with surfers back when the song was a hit on
the
radio (late 1964) Doing a "Quasimodo" (named after the Hunchback of Notre
Dame character) or "The Coffin" were two maneuvers a surfer could perform on

board For example, doing "The Coffin" was to lie on your back on your board
and ride it in with your arms folded over your chest, eyes closed, as if you
were lying dead in a coffin "Takin' gas" means the same as "wiping out" --
as in, "My board flipped out from under me and the next thing I knew I was
takin' gas!" And, since skateboarders were "surfing" on concrete or asphalt,
you were liable to "bust your buns" if you fell Also, sidewalk surfers
(skateboarders) faced the hazards of pedestrians as well as kids playing
hopscotch on the sidewalk -- "hopscotch-poledads" -- "poledads" being a term
similar to "gremmie" or "dweeb" that surfers used to describe an annoying
geek
or nerd And, lastly, in the song, Jan Berry uses the surfing battle cry
"Cuyabunga!" (a slight variation on "Cowabunga!") -- a word that, today,
still
surfaces occasionally

From: David cassells







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