Paddle Out
Sublime Lyrics


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I never thought that when I grew up I would be in a band
And travel to all the best spots in the land
And I'm not here to brag or boast
I'm just here to tell you 'bout the spots that I love the most

Natural bridges on a clean west swell
Breaks over the reef like a bat out of hell
Stockton Avenue gets hollow and mean
And on a big day it works like a machine
Outside Stockton gets hot like a glove
Swift St., John's St. into Michell's Cove
Big Steamer Lane makes you wish you were a trout
When it's mackin' so hard only two dudes paddle out

A huge summertime south swell hit when I'm in my hometown
I'm a surfside boy, is where I can be found




Up and down the coast
Checkin' the spots that I love the most

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Sublime's "Paddle Out" describe lead singer Bradley Nowell's love for surfing and his favorite surfing spots. He begins by expressing his surprise that he ended up in a band instead of pursuing a life solely dedicated to surfing. He then tells the listener about the spots that he loves the most, such as Natural Bridges, Stockton Avenue, Swift St., John's St., Michell's Cove, and Big Steamer Lane.


Nowell specifically mentions the wave breaks at Natural Bridges, describing them as powerful and fast, and the waves at Stockton Avenue as being hollow and intimidating, especially during large swells. He also notes that outside Stockton avenue can get very hot and mentions Michell's Cove, which is a secluded spot known for its long, clean waves that are ideal for longboarding. Finally, Nowell describes Big Steamer Lane, which is a challenging break in Santa Cruz that can only be surfed by the most experienced surfers and only during the largest swells.


Overall, "Paddle Out" is a tribute to Nowell's love for surfing and the beauty and power of the ocean. The song also reflects the free-spirited, carefree lifestyle that is often associated with surf culture.


Line by Line Meaning

I never thought that when I grew up I would be in a band
I did not expect to be in a band when I grew up.


And travel to all the best spots in the land
I have been fortunate to travel to many great places with my band.


And I'm not here to brag or boast
I do not intend to brag or be boastful.


I'm just here to tell you 'bout the spots that I love the most
I simply want to share about the places that I truly enjoy.


Natural bridges on a clean west swell
There is a beautiful natural bridge formation that can be surfed on a west swell.


Breaks over the reef like a bat out of hell
The waves break powerfully and quickly over the reef.


Stockton Avenue gets hollow and mean
The waves at Stockton Avenue are powerful and intense.


And on a big day it works like a machine
On a big day with great waves, the spot operates very efficiently.


Outside Stockton gets hot like a glove
The waves outside Stockton are intense and challenging.


Swift St., John's St. into Michell's Cove
These are other locations that are great for surfing.


Big Steamer Lane makes you wish you were a trout
The waves at Big Steamer Lane are so good that you wish you were a fish to be able to better experience them.


When it's mackin' so hard only two dudes paddle out
When the waves are really big, only the bravest surfers will attempt to paddle out.


A huge summertime south swell hit when I'm in my hometown
During the summer, there are amazing waves in the south of my hometown.


I'm a surfside boy, is where I can be found
I am typically located near the beach because I love to surf.


Up and down the coast
I travel up and down the coast to find great surfing spots.


Checkin' the spots that I love the most
I am always on the lookout for the locations that I truly enjoy the most.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BRADLEY JAMES NOWELL, ERIC JOHN WILSON, FLOYD I. GAUGH IV

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