"California Dreaming" as written by Michelle Gilliam and John Edmund Andrew Phillips....
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I've been for a walk on a winters day
I'd be save and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winters day

Stepped into a church I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees and I began to pray
You know the preacher likes the cold he knows I'm gonna stay
California dreaming on such a winters day

All the leaves a brown and the sky is grey
I've been for a walk on a winters day
If I didn't tell her I could leave today
California dreaming on such a winters day
On such a winters day, on such a winters day


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"California Dreaming" as written by Michelle Gilliam, John Edmund Andrew Phillips

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    General CommentComfort versus the obligations of love

    The subject of the song goes to the church to seek moral support

    There is conflict in the subject of this song, internal conflict

    The individual in question might be homesick

    California Dreaming - transcendental meditation, wishful thinking
    SocialLieson March 10, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI liked the general comment before mine. And since I believe, not sure, but think I have heard this song used a few times in reference or in Vietnam movies. So comfort vs. obligation of service. Homesick, yeah I'd say that would be right... not an opinion on the rightness of the war but certainly how being engaged in hell creates wishful thinking about being safe back home.
    boxerboyon September 15, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationAt face value, this is a relatively benign pop anthem about being homesick. To me, however, this song has always held a much darker tone. It's not about California at all.

    In my humble opinion, this track reflects the thoughts and feelings of a man who has just died and may not realize it yet. When he appears at his own funeral and knows he has passed away, he refuses to move on.

    "Stopped into a church I passed along the way" - His funeral. He is stopping by on the way to oblivion/eternity, heaven/hell.

    "I got down on my knees and I began to pray" - In denial, he is begging for mercy from god, just one more chance to live.

    "The preacher liked the cold; he knows I'm going to stay" - The preacher is symbolic for his role as a ferryman from this life into the next, reading last rites and praying over the body and so on. The preacher thrives on spiritualism and is at peace with death, aka 'the cold'. The preacher knows he will 'stay cold'.

    "If I didn't tell her, I could leave today" - The reason he can't move on. He is stuck in limbo because of a mistake he made with 'her'. What did he tell her that he wishes he could take back?

    Until he accepts that he is dead he will be stuck in this drained-color version of the L.A. he knew, where everything is beyond reach, the sky is always grey, and all he can do is wander endlessly in the winter of death.
    "California dreamin' on such a winter's day" - Dreaming of life while erased by death.

    Yes, I am a hit at parties.
    CodyCodyon May 13, 2015   Link

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