Santa Monica (Theory of a Deadman song)

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"Santa Monica"
Cover for "Santa Monica" single by Theory of a Deadman.
Single by Theory of a Deadman
from the album Gasoline
  • June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14) (Canada)
  • August 18, 2006 (2006-08-18) (U.S.)
Format CD
Recorded October 2004–January 2005
Length 4:10
  • Tyler Connolly
  • Dave Brenner
  • Dean Back
Lyricist(s) Tyler Connolly
Producer(s) Howard Benson
Theory of a Deadman singles chronology
"Say Goodbye"
"Santa Monica"
"Hello Lonely"

"Santa Monica" is a single by Theory of a Deadman, featured on the Gasoline album. It was released as the second single in Canada in June 2005, and as the fourth single in the United States on August 18, 2006.

Song meaning[edit]

The song is written from the point of view of a guy who gets home from work and reads a note from his girlfriend telling him that she has left him and went to Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, to try and lead a better life. In the song, the guy is looking back on the event and seems to be referring to it in the past tense: "I remember the day when you left for Santa Monica." The video plays with the ambiguity between Santa Monica Blvd and the city of Santa Monica, but it's pretty clear it's the street in LA, known for prostitution, that is intended.

The song has no relation to the 1995 Everclear song of the same name, however Tyler Connolly has stated during their live shows that it is one of the band's favourite songs.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, a girl is writing a note to give to her boyfriend before she leaves. When he gets home, she's gone and he's left with the note. He sometimes gets letters and post cards from her about her trip to Santa Monica, while he's home wishing she was with him. While in Santa Monica the girl has a tough time. She is eventually driven to stripping and prostitution. She finally gives up and the last shot in the video is her walking back into her ex-boyfriend's house after finally calling him and saying how miserable her life had become.

Track listing[edit]

Canadian single[edit]

  1. "Santa Monica"
  2. "Santa Monica" (acoustic version)
  3. "Got Me Wrong" (Alice in Chains cover)

U.S. single[edit]

  1. "Santa Monica"


  • The drums in the song "Santa Monica" were played by Nickelback's Daniel Adair.
  • String Arrangements in "Santa Monica" were by Suzie Katayama.


  • The song is featured prominently in the 2005 game, Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, during the sex scene between Lucas and Tiffany and plays during the credits. It is also playable on the stereo in Lucas' apartment, and is available to be purchased with bonus points in the main menu with an account.
  • In the opening lines, the lyrics are "She fills my bed with gasoline,...". This is where the band got the name for the album.