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Robyn Hitchcock


Title Artist Label Type Year
Luminous Groove Box Set sampler Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Promo 2008
Luminous Groove Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Yep Roc Records Album 2008
Patreon 2023 Robyn Hitchcock Internet 2023


Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock KCRW Santa Monica California US 09/16/1994
Robyn Hitchcock The Three Kings London England UK 07/01/1995
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK 09/24/1996
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 02/01/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Private House Portland Oregon US 03/20/2023


From Robyn on Patreon in 2023
This was conceived in San Diego on my last tour with The Egyptians, a mere 30 years ago. Morris and Andy were both Beach Boys fanatics, and the spirits of the Wilson brothers roamed freely in our tour bus. I don’t speak Beach Boy the way my musical cohorts did, but some of Brian Wilson’s creations touch even my scruffy musical soul.

I thought “Surfer Ghost” would be a great name for an outtake, which could lie unheard in the vaults for years. Accordingly, when I returned to Britain that summer I wrote it. I made it as intricate as I could and we duly recorded it in early 1994 at the last Egyptians recording session. And it did indeed lie in a vault for 15 years or so before appearing on a Yeproc boxed set of outtakes. Job done!

Bereft of harmonies it’s rather stark, but as a number of folks have requested it on our streaming show, I’ve resurrected it once again and thought I’d play it for you along with a few other outtakes this month. It’s an odd feeling to look back over the acres of songs that I’ve written, or half-written, stretching away into the fog. I can remember a time when I hadn’t written anything…


San Diego... San Diego... San Diego

Ride away on your golden voice
Little surfer ghost
Sail away in your perfumed isle
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost
Roar away with your head in bloom
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost

San Diego... San Diego

All at once there's no sad at all
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost
Water is such a deadly friend
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost

I'm a spoiled child
I smash my favourite toys
'Cause I'm a boy and you're a girl
And there is nothing in this world but only loneliness
Only loneliness and dreams
Only loneliness
Only loneliness and dreams

San Diego

Fly away in your sad cocoon
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost
Arm in arm on the golden beach
Little surfer ghost, little surfer ghost
Surfer ghost, surfer ghost

Hold you in mind
Hold you in mind...