"California" as written by and Mason Stewart Jennings....
Don't you know baby I'm a leading man
I dig down deep when I say I love you
And I can hold my own with the best of them
I guarantee you, you will never see nothing like this again

California, I hope that it wakes you from all of the darkness
That I couldn't break through 'cause I'm gonna miss you
I'm gonna miss you, I'm gonna miss you, I'm gonna miss you
Don't you know that I did the things I could

I rubbed your back when you were sleeping
But all along baby it was understood
That you were leaving, absolutely
Since the very first day we met

California, I hope that it wakes you from all of the darkness
That I couldn't break through 'cause I'm gonna miss you
I'm gonna miss you, I'm gonna miss you, I'm gonna miss you
Like I miss the ocean when I go to sleep
Man, it's gonna break my heart



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"California" as written by Mason Stewart Jennings

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  • +1
    General CommentWhile i can see the reference to acting the rest of the song seems so sincere that i have to question whether or not he means that he is a leading man as in the best. he does say

    "Don't you know baby I'm a leading man
    I dig down deep when I say I love you
    And I can hold my own with the best of them
    I guarantee you, you will never see nothing like this again"

    it could mean that he is one of a kind and if she leaves him she will never have another man that is as good. or atleast they will be hard to find
    Duluth_13on March 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe knew that she was leaving, from the very first day they met.. however i think that he had strong feelings for her when he says " i dig down deep when i say i love you" (look at that alliteration) and he felt like he tried everything he could do to make her stay yet couldnt get mad at her for leaving because that was her original plan.
    Pardonme123on June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always associate people migrating to california in search of fame and something better...he's saying to her she dosen't need to go to cali (hollywood) to find a leading man he can be that for her here and now. i also like the line about him missing her like missing the ocean. It's interesting - maybe it's b/c Jennings is from Minneapolis but I imagine this song taking place in the midwest, where there is no ocean. so he loves her (and will "miss her...") like something he never had but could appreciate like the ocean.
    jennjenn13on August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthllywd24, you're right - a guy that rubs your back while asleep is rare....but he probably did it cause he knew she was leaving
    jennjenn13on August 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthis girl's choosing california over him. i hope the sun and surf was worth it. you don't find a guy that rubs your back while you sleep everyday.
    hllywd24on June 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHe knew that she was leaving, from the very first day they met.. however i think that he had strong feelings for her when he says " i dig down deep when i say i love you" (look at that alliteration) and he felt like he tried everything he could do to make her stay yet couldnt get mad at her for leaving because that was her original plan.
    Pardonme123on June 03, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentCheck the first verse. His references to being a leading man indicate he's only acting. Real love isn't about acting.
    deafmuteon April 16, 2004   Link

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