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California King Bed
California King Bed
Cover of "California King Bed"
Genre Rock
Released May 13, 2011
Album Loud
Recorded We the Best Studios, (Miami, Florida); Burst HQ, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Length 4:12
Label Def Jam
Producer The Runners
Rihanna's Singles Chronology
Left
Man Down
Cheers (Drink to That)
Right

"California King Bed" is a song performed by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was released as the album's fifth single on May 13, 2011 through Def Jam. The song was written by Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Priscilla Renea and Alex Delicata, and was produced by Harr and Jackson under their stage name The Runners. Musically, "California King Bed" is a down-tempo ballad, which incorporates elements of rock music.

"California King Bed" received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Rihanna's vocal performance. The song managed to peak at number thirty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 after several weeks of fluctuating on the chart. However, the song achieved moderate success internationally, peaking at number one in Poland and Slovakia, while reaching the top five in Australia, Austria, Germany and New Zealand.

An accompanying music video, directed by long time collaborator Anthony Mandler, portrays Rihanna singing about how she is desperate for her love interest to show her his real feelings. The creative director designed an eighteen feet long custom made bed for the video. The song was performed for the first time at the ACM Awards, along with Sugarland front woman Jennifer Nettles, as well as on American Idol, and NBC's Today show. The song is also included on the set-list of the Loud Tour (2011).

Music videoEdit

Main article: California King Bed (music video)

LyricsEdit

Chest to chest, nose to nose
Palm to palm, we were always just that close
Wrist to wrist, toe to toe
Lips that felt just like the inside of a rose

So how come when I reach out my finger
It feels like more than distance between us?

In this California king bed
We're ten thousand miles apart
I've been California wishing on these stars
For your heart on me, my California king

Eye to eye, cheek to cheek
Side by side, you were sleeping next to me
Arm in arm, dusk to dawn with the curtains drawn
And a little last night on these sheets

So how come when I reach out my fingers
It seems like more than distance between us?

In this California king bed
We're ten thousand miles apart
I've been California wishing on these stars
For your heart on me, my California king

Just when I felt like giving up on us
You turned around and gave me one last touch
That made everything feel better
And even then my eyes got wetter

So confused wanna ask you if you love me
But I don't wanna seem so weak
Maybe I've been California dreaming

In this California king bed
We're ten thousand miles apart
California wishing on these stars
For your heart on me, my California king

My California king

In this California king bed
We're ten thousand miles apart
I've been California wishing on these stars
For your heart on me, my California king.

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