"L'america" as written by and Charlie Daniels Charles Fred Hayward....
I took a trip down to L'America
To trade some beads for a pint of gold
I took a trip down to L'America
To trade some beads for a pint of gold
L'America, L'America, L'America
L'America, L'America, L'America

Come on people, don't you look so down
You know the rain man is coming to town
He'll change your weather, change your luck
And it'll teach you how to
Find yourself
L'America

Friendly strangers came to town
All the people put them down
But the women loved their ways
Come again some other day
Like the gentle rain
Like the gentle rain
That falls

I took a trip down to L'America
To trade some beads for a pint of gold
I took a trip down to L'America
To trade some beads for a pint of gold
L'America, L'America, L'America
L'America, L'America, L'America
L'America


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"L' America" as written by Charlie Daniels Charles Fred Hayward

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  • +2
    My Interpretation"trade some beads for a pint of gold"

    its a stretch but, i think the beads reffers to hippies and how they trade their individuality for a pint of gold (a real occupation).
    RedFishGillon June 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always find this song referring to Mexico as l'America. I know its a long stretch but he does say "I took a trip down to L'America" which I think shows that he thought of Mexico as America's puppet and he travels down there to do some deals with the Mexicans (as said in gharrrrrakakakah's answer) with some less than reputable people, which gives the song a bit more of a political orientation. And then, of course, Jim's clearly messing about with the "change your luck and then he'll teach you how to.... ffffind yourself" which just shows how they like to add a sense of humour into their music.
    nicko211on June 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"L'America" = Latin America
    OceanOfChaoson May 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the vibe of this song, piece of art..
    MickEon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDudes. You haven't read "Riders On The Storm" by John Densmore, have you?

    "To trade some beads for a pint of gold", as said by John Densmore himself, meant to buy some marijuana.

    I know it sounds stupid, but that's what the drummer said.
    gharrrrrakakakahon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song starts pretty heavy. I love it.
    ChainsawSlasheron June 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPaliSteve - plausible explanation but in the lines:-
    "change your weather, change your luck
    and then they'll teach you how to f ...... .......... "

    I think Jim's having a joke with us here. He delays the word starting in "f" to make us think that it will rhyme with "luck".
    chrisb1on May 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe intro is just phenomenal
    theriverknowson July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood point, there.. never thought of it that way. first when i thougt jim said "to trade some NEADS for a pint of gold" i thought he was talking of a brothel of some kind.. but obviously he wasn't.
    moe2000on May 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike the "change the weather, change your luck, and then he'll teach you how to ..f...ind yourself"
    Why what were you expecting him to say?
    chrisb1on February 20, 2005   Link

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