A man named Gene's got a beautiful voice
He carries me home on his beautiful horse
And where she waits, I will ride ride ride
Come on stranger, just sing me a song

And if it's sad, I'll sing along-long-long,
I told you I knew every word

When I get to California
Gonna write my name in the sand
I'm gonna lay this body down
And watch the waves roll in

And when the city spreads out
Just like a cut vein
Everybody drowns, sad and lonely
Well everybody drowns, sad and lonely
Well everybody drowns, sad and lonely alright

Sweet sweet dreams, and color and sound
Highways in the faraway to be found
I saw gold mines, in the sky sky sky
They were clouds just waiting to cry

And with the wind
I'm dancing drift drift drift
In the shapes of the place that I miss

And when I get to California
Gonna write my name in the sand
I'm gonna lay this body down
And watch the waves roll in

I'm gonna rest this weary head
On someone who I think will care
But when the stars in the sky start fallin
I think you'll understand

That the city spreads out
Just like a cut vein
Everybody drowns, sad and lonely
Well everybody drowns, sad and lonely
Well everybody drowns, sad and lonely alright

Yeah I'm waiting
For something to give
Well I'm waiting
I hope it's not me
Yeah I'm waiting
For something to give
Yeah I'm waiting...


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Gene Autry song meanings
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    General Commentgene autry is actually the mayor of the city i live in...fresno, california. he's a homphobic republican asshole..but i know he was also a actor in some western movies before becoming mayor.
    lpu 0110110on November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is about the singer's love for the voice of Gene Autry, who is some cowboy type singer guy.

    Clearly from the sadness in the lyrics, the cowboy tunes are very sad, but he loves them anyway.
    Fionar2001on January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've alway taken it as a song about suicide, and actually my favorite one at that (yes, more than Gloomy Sunday).
    Snevikon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWasn't Gene Autry the singing cowboy (cousin of New York's naked cowboy?) who owned the Angels, and died just before they won the world series? Anyways, I don't care what this song is about because it is so catchy... but you could say that about most any Beulah song, especially on The Coast is Never Clear.

    P.S.: I don't think comparing a city to a cut vein means the song is about suicide... not all songs are about suicide or drugs or getting dumped.
    stupid_nameon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLPU---You dummy, Gene Autry died in 1998. Your mayor is not the same guy. Autry was the singing cowboy and also starred in a lot of westerns.
    Coffee and TVon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the first line was "and mean blue gene's got a.."
    Klinsmann22on March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking the "city spreads out" line is inspired by Pavement's "No Life Singed her"--

    And the city spread out just like a jet's flame...
    heyyeahon July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgod this song is gorgeous.
    bpbeelenon March 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBetween Beulah and Quasi, I listen to some pretty disturbing music--it's all sunshine candy kitten yum yum sounds with bleak abstract imagery--I love my twisted world!
    Eli_Cashon September 27, 2002   Link

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