"Not California" as written by Daniel R. Messe and Gary L. Maurer....
Who's the girl inside of the blue screen light?
The sun is just pouring out
And everything is out of sight

Turn around the room is just black and white
She's whispering, "Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na"

And it's not true
And it's not fair
And it's not you
And it's not California here

Later on you're breaking the boxes down
There's nobody out tonight
Nobody's hanging 'round

So you take the drive that used to be almost right
And now it's just empty lots around you
All these empty lots around you

And they don't know
What you hold dear
And they can't see
That it's not California here

Come a time when I may just walk away
The sun is just barely out
The sky is completely gray

But you're the one I wanna be with today
Let them say, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na

And I'm not strong
And you're not rich
And we're not lost
Where we don't live

And it's not true
And it's not fair
And they're not us
And it's not California here

I'm the one who wants to be with you tonight
And I'm the one who wants to be the one you're with tonight
And I'm the one who wants to be the one you're with tonight
And I'm the one who wants to be the one you're with tonight



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"Not California" as written by Gary L. Maurer Daniel R. Messe

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    General Commenti just moved to new jersey from california, and even though i like it, i absolutely love california. this song reminds me of home and really rings true to me about my situation. i love it, even though it makes me sad.
    karensmilingon August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes! Someone commented. I didn't want to post on the lyrics I added, but this song is simply amazing. It's moving as hell and really strikes a chord with the listener.

    I'm moving to California in a week and know it'll be a great change, but the things at home will be missed and there are some things from the Midwest that California will never be able to capture.
    ArrestedDevelopmenton August 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentapparently, the song's about tv shows like the oc and Laguna beach, and how sally always claimed husband dan never wrote her any love songs. dan resents the way California it's portrayed on those shows, and wrote a 'sorta' love song about it to wife sally, who apparently watches it religiously.
    kidcodeaon December 10, 2007   Link

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