Goodbye cold, goodbye rain
Goodbye sorrow, goodbye shame
I'm headed out west with my headphones on
Boarded a flight with a song in the back of my soul
And no one knows

I just found out her ghost left town
The Queen of California is stepping down, down

Hello beauty, hello strange
Hello wonder, what's your name?
Looking for the sun that Neil Young hung
After the gold rush of 1971

I just found out her ghost left town
The Queen of California is stepping down, down

If you see her say, "Hello"
Just don't tell me, "I told you so"
Joni wrote Blue in her house by the sea
I gotta believe there's another color waiting on me
To set me free

I just found out her ghost left town
The Queen of California is stepping down, down, down
Get down


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Queen of California Lyrics as written by John Mayer

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    General CommentWho is the Queen of California? My theory is that the Queen of California is the sun.

    "Looking for the sun that Neil Young hung
    after the gold rush of 1971"

    is in reference to the Neil Young album, "After the Gold Rush"
    The next line I think is still referencing the "sun" that Neil young hung.

    "I just found out her ghost left town, the Queen of California is a steppin' down"

    Or, in other words, the sun is setting. Perhaps the sun is setting on one chapter of his life as another chapter begins?

    In addition, "Joni wrote Blue in a house by the sea" is referencing the Joni Mitchell album, "Blue."
    Perhaps John is referencing these two amazing albums of Young and Mitchell to say that he hopes to go out west to make his great album. It sure seems so when he says next (in the studio version), "I gotta believe there's another color waiting on me to set me free," which makes sense because in a lot of ways it's like he made this album to set him free from his past.
    audianneon May 27, 2012   Link

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