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Food Song of the Month: “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America

It’s a challenge to not get “Peaches” in your head. Released in 1996, this single by Presidents of the United States of America was nominated for a grammy for “Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal” and reached #8 on the Hot Modern Rock charts. Still going strong, the Seattle based band makes accessible power pop and have released 5 albums to date.

The simple chorus to “Peaches” is:

Movin’ to the country,
Gonna eat a lot of peaches
Movin’ to the country,
Gonna eat me a lot of peaches

The lyrics are about dropping everything and eating peaches. It’s a sentiment easy to get behind. The second verse however contains the following lines:

I took a little nap where the roots all twist
Squished a rotten peach in my fist
And dreamed about you, woman,
I poked my finger down inside
Make a little room for an ant to hide
Nature’s candy in my hand or can or a pie

Via VH1 Greatest Songs of the 90s, here is some insight into the song meaning:

Lead singer Chris Ballew has stated that he wrote “Peaches” about a girl he once had a crush on. He allegedly wrote this song after sitting under a peach tree she had in her yard while waiting for her to arrive, to finally let her know that he liked her.

I like that there is no dark sinister meaning – just a simple song about fruit and a girl. For me peach season can’t come soon enough.

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