"California" as written by and Dan Wilson....
Driven through the canyons I was
Dazzled by the mountains and we didn't go very far
Close enough to heaven if you
Climb up on a mansion you too can swing like a star
I tried to get inside I bought a
Ticket with my pride and I was gone right out of my head
I went out for a ride to go
Across a great divide but I ended up at home instead

California
I thought I should see
Now I'm back home yeah
With twelve little pieces of me

I was just a passenger a
Rider on the tremors that were shaking all our beds at night
A visitor a stranger thought I
Might pass for a regular if I just kept out of the lights

Tore my heart out from my chest
Mixed it up in my mind with the best freshest pieces of my soul
Chose the ones I loved the most
Drove 'em all down to the coast
Threw 'em in a big black hole

California
I thought I should see
Now I'm back home, yeah
With twelve little pieces of me

California
I dreamed I would find
Some kinda sorta pick-me-up
Twelve little pieces of my mind

California
I thought I should see
Now I'm back home, yeah
With twelve little pieces of me

California
I dreamed I would find
Some kinda sorta pick-me-up
Twelve pieces of my mind


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"California" as written by Dan Wilson Rivers Cuomo

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commenti'm sure this one's about their first album. Hence the "Great Divide" reference. He poured his heart into writing and recording those songs, they went out to California to record, and when they had gone through all the promotion and everything, they were left pretty much exactly where they had started out.
    bubblesmn3on July 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think you're right, bubblesmn3. Reinforced by "twelve little pieces" - twelve being the number of tracks on Great Divide. A great song.
    stonechipon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great....
    but i think when he says "California I thought i should see"
    and "Now I'm back home, yeah
    With twelve little pieces of me"
    he means he though he should go there, but ended up broken and found that home is where he really belongs
    E - DOubleon April 03, 2005   Link

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