"LA song" as written by and Beth Hart....
She hangs around the boulevard
She's a local girl with local scars
She got home late
She drank so hard the bottle ached
And she tried
But nothin's clear in a bar full a flies
So she takes
She understands when she gives it away
She says

Man I gotta get outta this town
Man I gotta get outta this pain
Man I gotta get outta this town
Outta this town & out of L.A.

She's gotta gun
She got a gun she calls the lucky one
She left a note right by the phone
Don't leave a message 'cause this ain't no home
And she cried
She cried so long her tears ran dry
Then she laughed
'Cause she knew she was never comin' back
She said

Man I'm gonna get outta this town
Man I'm gonna get outta this pain
Man I'm gonna get outta this town
Outta this town & out of L.A.
It's all she loves It's all she hates It's all too much for her
To take she can't be sure just where it ends or where
The good life begins
So she took a train
To a little old town without a name

She met a man he took her in
But fed her all the same bullshit again
'Cause he lied
He lied like a salesman sellin' flies
So she screamed
It's a different place
But the same old thang
It's all I love It's all I hate It's all too much for me to take
I can't be sure where it begins or if the good life lies within
So she said

Man I gotta get out of this town
Yeah now I gotta get back on that train
Man I gotta get out of this town
I'm outta my pain
So I'm goin' back to L.A.


Lyrics submitted by DiscoEve, edited by Beryllium

"LA Song" as written by Beth Hart

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  • +2
    General CommentNo matter where you go, there you are!
    pandblvron November 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYour problems won't dissapear when you move to another place, you should face them and look within yourself!

    Fantastic theme!
    Non July 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis may seem a little out there...but I think the song is a metaphor for suicide and then realizing not to do it.

    "She drank so hard the bottle ached
    And She tried (repeat 3x)"

    The girl first tries to numb her pain by drinking

    She's gotta gun (repeat 1x)
    Shes got a gun she calls the lucky one
    She left a note right bye the phone
    Don't leave no message cause this ain't no home
    And she cried (repeat 3x)
    She cried so long her tears ran dry
    Then she laughed (repeat3x)
    'Cause she knew she was never comin' back

    She attempts suicide or at least contemplates it, "LA" is all the bad stuff in her life, but she has to go back there to deal with it. "Getting out of town" aka suicide wouldn't solve anything
    emc1589on June 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's clearly about a girl who gets fed up with her life. So she runs from her problems, only to get into more when she meets that man. Then she realizes that she wasn't in pain anymore from life in L.A. So she goes back.
    DiscoEveon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCouldn't have said it any better DiscoEve. Great song, by the way.
    Caiton May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of me. I moved to Florida to get away from the life I'd established in Arizona, but when I got there I realized it's all the same no matter where you go. I still cry when I hear it.
    nietzsche_66on May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont like this song because i sing so close to what is happening/happened to a friend of mine that i love so dearly.. but it doesnt make it any less applicable. girl gets scarred. drinks so hard to try to get rid of the pain. decides to change scenario. diffrent place. she did bring back up though, a gun (the lucky one). left a note. suicidal thoughts. she cried because she had one more chance to try "it" again. so she took a train to new place. found another man. but he broke her. her trust broke again. for the millionth time. the last time. she is out of her pain because is going to go back to L.A. in a casket (the gun). very sad. and i want so badly to make enough of difference in her life so as not have this outcome....
    nevereaston July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell ijust think she had way too many memories where she was and she needed to get rid of the memories. its kinda funyn actually.. cause i met beth hart. we chylled for a night. she was a performer at my sisters concert the Female Soul. Folk. Festival. and she is actually very cool to talk to.
    dreaming of yOouon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore the transition from "I GOTTA get out of this town" to "I'm GONNA get out of this town" and finally to "I'm goin back to LA"...

    Hart just affirms that every place is the same, no place is perfect and it's the PERSON who decides their situation (in this case, her bad relationships).

    Wonderful song! :)
    ninamarie8aon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, I don't believe the song in it's finality is about suicide. Quite the contrary. It's about life's journey. Starting out naieve...then figuring it out slowly...making the same mistakes again and a again...finding out what real pain is... from being betrayed and used, searching for a cure for the pain, alcohol, so called friends, lovers, empty one night stands, and becoming jaded....wondering if life's even worth living...contemplating anything to "get out of my pain". Well seing as how she'd tried everything and nothing worked, she got sober and realized that no matter where you go (to the living room or the kitchen, LA or Alabama) there you are. No one has the all answers, and nothing on earth can solve your problems. Acceptance is the answer and walking through the pain is the only way to heal old and fresh wounds. she really didn't have to look any further than her own back yard. (wizard of oz, anyone)...
    JensBigIdeaon October 15, 2009   Link

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