Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. Santa Monica is well known for its affluent single-family neighborhoods but also has many neighborhoods consisting primarily of condominiums and apartments. Over two-thirds of Santa Monica's residents are renters. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.
Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination.
The single was released on 7 December 1998, becoming the sixth overall single from the album. As an ode to the city of the same name in California, the song partly talks of Darren Hayes' experiences and observations. The lyrics of the chorus also make reference to novelist Norman Mailer. The cover art for the single was also used for two other releases: the 1998 re-release of "I Want You" in the UK, and the release of "Tears of Pearls" as a single in Europe in May 1999. The live version of "Santa Monica" that appears on the single was recorded for an episode of the programme Hard Rock Live that originally aired in the United States on VH1 on 21 August 1998. The music video for the song was promoted alongside the single's release in Japan, which features footage from the Hard Rock Cafe performance of the song.
Sometimes I cry when I get sad I guess it's true what they say Emotional baby boy, emotional man (x2) Emotional man (x2) I am emotional I wish we were forever lying on the Santa Monica beach Drinking Tecate 24 ounces underneath the stars being the superior couple, loving who I am cause what we are I wanna confess it in a whisper that's just loud enough to make out I want you to listen from the kitchen to me confessing on the couch I wanna be stronger than your dad was for your mom (x2) Where I'm standing there is a cool, cool breeze Heavenly bodies make the devil a little uncomfortable I guess there are some things I was just born to be Emotional baby boy, emotional man (x2) Emotional man (x2) I am emotional It's such a big city I feel so stupid thinking I might see you if I wander around If I do the things we used to do together and we were on the same level You'd be doing them as well There's something about drowning I can't shake, or someone dying anyway I wanna confess it in a whisper that's just loud enough to make out I want you to listen from the kitchen to me confessing on the couch I wanna be stronger than your dad was for your mom (x2) From where I'm standing, there is a cool, cool breeze (x2) Emotional baby boy, emotional man (x2)