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The Mamas & the Papas - California Dreamin'

[Chorus 1]
All the leaves are brown (All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (And the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day (On a winter's day)
I'd be safe and warm (I'd be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A (If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

[Verse]
Stopped in to a church
I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees (Got down on my knees)
And I began to pray (I began to pray)
You know the preacher likes the cold (Preacher likes the cold)
He knows I'm gonna stay (Knows I'm gonna stay)
California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

[Flute Solo]

[Chorus 2]
All the leaves are brown (All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (And the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day (On a winter's day)
If I didn't tell her (If I didn't tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)
California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day, (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

California Dreamin' is a song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965. Celebrated as an anthem of West Coast hippy bliss, John Phillips wrote the song in a state of depression in 1964 after a cheerless winter's walk through New York's Central Park. It's a song not of joy, but of immense pain. The pain of wanting to be somewhere else. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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