"The Golden State" as written by and Dallas Green....
Why's everyone still singing about California?
Haven't we heard enough about the Golden State?
I guess if you like sandy beaches and blue ocean water
There's something about it, to which I cannot relate
I need to see the leaves change and the snowflakes falling
I need to hear the call, the wind whistling through the winter pines

[Chorus]

Why's everyone still singing about California?
Haven't we heard enough about the Golden State?
And people still follow them dreams to sweet California
And from time to time I pass on by, but I will never stay

Sure there are beautiful people, in the city of lost angels
They're living like they're kings and queens, from some royal age
But fortune and fame won't save you, when California
Is wiped out by the ring of fire or a great earthquake

[Chorus]
No, I will never stay

Never stay
Never stay


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"The Golden State" as written by Dallas Green

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    My InterpretationThis is a beautiful song. I think this song can be taken straight forward. But often in movies, shows, and throughout life we hear of people "packing up" and "following their dreams" and moving out to CA. We sort of put CA in our minds with beautiful people, beaches, an almost idealized way of life. The title of the song "The Golden State" - we picture it this way - in this golden, angelic light. The singer can't relate. He can't go along with everyone's dreamy and idealistic approach to life. He thinks there is more to life, than the surface beauty.

    "But fortune and fame won't save you, when California
    Is wiped out by the ring of fire or a great earthquake"

    In the end, you will need to hold on to something deeper and more meaningful.

    "And from time to time I pass on by, but I will never stay"

    We all have some feelings and some times that we think superficially. But the singer never remains there in the long term.
    karatempleon July 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is fairly straight forward. As a musician/artist/performer in Canada it's sort of assumed that you have to go to California if you want to achieve your dreams. If you stay in Canada it's a lot harder to start your career. I think that's true for most people who aren't American.

    I also think Dallas is expressing his love for the Canadian wilderness specifically with the line:

    "I need to see the leaves change and the snowflakes falling
    I need to hear the call, the wind whistling through the winter pines"
    ANPETRIEon October 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI've always felt like California is mythologized beyond its reality.
    The first time I was there and saw an overweight or poor person, trash on the ground, low income housing, etc. I almost couldn't reconcile it in my mind. It wasn't paradise, it was just... more America.

    Maybe a while ago it was new and fresh and mostly dreamers moved there.
    "People STILL follow their dreams..."

    This song grabbed me right away, in a straightforward way, saying, when are we going to drop that fantasy?
    interpretatoron October 19, 2014   Link

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