"California (all The Way)" as written by Sean Anthony Eden, Stanley Demeski, Justin Harwood and Dean Wareham....
Well, she followed him from phoenix out to California
And then she passed out on the bed
And all the little things he never even asked her for
She simply smiled and shook her head
Why can't we smile just like we used to
Why don't you figure anymore

Why has my sympathy now turned to malice
It doesn't matter any more
And now I realize I'm livin' like a trucker does
Although I haven't got the belly
And though she followed me to California all the way
I only want to watch the telly
Why can't we smile just like we used to
Why don't you figure anymore

Why has my sympathy now turned to malice
It doesn't matter any more
He asked her please stop quotin' Rod McKuen in your post cards
Can't understand it anymore

And if your gonna read your poetry aloud to me
I'll have to show you to the door
Why can't we smile just like we used to
Why don't you figure anymore

Why has my sympathy now turned to malice
It doesn't matter any more


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"California (All the Way)" as written by Justin Harwood Dean Wareham

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    General CommentWhile reading through Nathaniel West's 1939 novel "The Day of the Locust," I came across the following line: "He wondered why all his sympathy had turned to malice." When i read it, it resonated with a musical lilt. Immediately I knew that I had heard this very same sentence in a song before. I stopped reading and hummed the sentence in my head, trying to recall the tune it belonged to. I knew it was a band i liked and whose CD i owned, but it wasn't until I googled the keywords "lyrics," "sympathy," and "malice" that I learned it was this Luna song. I first heard this song 7 years ago, after buying a used copy of "Bewitched" (Luna's best album, alongside "Chinatown") for 6.95 at a Blockbuster music. I purchased the album because I recognized the band from an Uncut Magazine compilation CD where their song "Super Freaky Memories," in a small way, blew my mind. I am a southern Californian, Nathaniel West's novel takes place in Hollywood and this song is, to this day, one of my all time favorite Luna songs. Both the book and the album were purchased second-hand and I think I have hit on an interesting connection between the two, although aside from this linguistic similarity the song and the novel have little in common. And, in case you're wondering, the novel is excellent. It is considered the premiere novel about Hollywood, specifically pre-WWII Hollywood, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes to read fiction.
    mgnfcntbstrdon February 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhy has my sympathy now turned to malice? This song reminds me of a girl I was hanging around with so I wouldn't be lonely. Eventually she drove me nuts and I decided it was preferable to be lonely.
    Milkman82on August 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song actually is pretty sad.. the melody and the lyrics.... really great
    v2.7on August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"He asked her please stop quoting Rod McKuen in your postcards..."

    Rod McKuen wrote a bunch of songs and translated the songs of Jacques Brel, but he is probably most well-known for his schlocky books of romance poetry, very popular (especially with women) in the 1970s.
    sharkycharmingon February 19, 2014   Link

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