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Karina is a Surfboard

from Songs About Girls by Prince Perry

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In '91 or so I was living in Pacific Beach, California with my first wife Tina. One of my favourite things to do was to walk down the beach to Crystal Pier and on the way home check in on Star Surfing, where the owner Glen had all sorts of cool vintage surfboards.

One day I wandered in to find a 12 foot tandem board hanging from the ceiling. Glorious images of Tina and I surfing together filled my head. It was $1200 and I absolutely HAD to have it. I ran home to tell her all about it and got a NO, hard stop. I should mention here that we were flat broke.

It killed me to not have the board. I felt pain, I wanted it so bad.

Ten years later I fell in love with a girl from Venezuela, Karina, who I believed was what I had been waiting for all my life. As usual however I had created a rich story for myself which neither of us could live up to.

Like with the surfboard, I went through terrible pain when faced with the reality of my situation vs. the story I had believed in. Karina is a Surfboard is my attempt to heal myself once again.


Karina is a Surfboard (Gladstone 2006)

She lives in my make up world
where everything’s blue and gold
And I can’t help- but fall

A genie I thought was mine
all thoughts from another time
painful lessons never learned- and it still burns

Please see me for who I am
my actions are all I can
And I can’t
Help myself
Help myself
Help myself

This sorry troubadour
has lost his new surfboard
And waves come
crashing down

So no more make up world
and no more tales of gold
the path is clear
so help yourself
help yourself- the path is clear


from Songs About Girls, released December 12, 2009


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Charismatic, compelling and peripatetic, Prince Perry channels his coming of age idols of Elvis Costello, Terry Hall and Joe Strummer into a unique blend of passionate, ska-infused rock and roll that leaves you feeling like it’s not too late to be happy with your life. Or at least someone else's whom you know well enough to borrow their car. ... more

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