Going to California Lyrics - Led Zeppelin



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Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that we're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey; I wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.

Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings... la la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.




Writer: PAGE, JAMES PATRICK (JIMMY)/PLANT, ROBERT ANTHONY
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.



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Brown Starfish | Reviewer: Happy Spider | 1/1/14

I was shocked to read Angry Spider's review. How can he get but licking from the lyrics of this song?
I think he's got but licking on the brain.
Probably male to male but licking seeing as he mentions it so emphatically.

It is a great song about someone wanting to escape from a bad relationship and meet someone new and great in a great place.
At lease that is how I read the lyrics. Always have.
But licking? where does that come in?

Magick | Reviewer: Tomislav | 10/22/11

This is the one that takes me away to some inner hidden places, nature land in another dimension. And it's all here. It's about lost love, lonelines... and many more things witch can't be put into words.

gtc | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/2/11

LMFAO, angry spider, you are one funny person,
ahahahahahahahahahaha

this song is my life, because Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her
her, her, yeah, and ain't nothin' I can do, no


its just starting to happen | Reviewer: lapieces | 5/24/11

this song makes perfect sense, if you know who he is singing about... the gods that are coming here, now. its just starting to take place. he was way ahead of his time. i doubt he even knew what he was writing

Iowa to California | Reviewer: ZOSO | 3/10/11

I remember listening to this as a teenager and having this mystical, magical image of a far away land known as California. I figured it must be a super cool place because all the neighborhood kids from the ET movie lived there and there was no way Robert Plant could be wrong. This couldn't be further from the truth. Urban Sprawl, Unforgiving Traffic, Sky high cost of living, out of control crime and immigration, poor economy, and asshole people everywhere (the list goes on) continue to make California a paradise lost. But one thing is for sure, this song will go on forever and will continue to influence lives. What a great tune!

California | Reviewer: Yvonne Marie | 9/21/10

This is a song about hopes and dreams and love and sex and food and wine and smoke and fire water and laughter and friends and family and yourself and your spirit, life...... You'll find what you're looking for.....just keep you heart open! No fear my friends! No fear!
love and

Going to California | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/14/10

I feel as though I am the girl in this song. I'm alone and waiting for someone. And I always wear a flower in my hair. I feel as though everytime I listen to this song, it will be the day someone will finally meet me and would have been listening to this song hoping to meet someone like me, too. This song makes me daydream very much.

going to california | Reviewer: chadwick | 6/15/09

This song really making me think, im ina bad fight with my girl who i love so much but it wont woRK. im in the process of getting deployed and this song just really reminds me of my life, and i just dont know what to do with stuff, its really upsetting this song really helps, makes me think.

Going to California | Reviewer: Melissa A. Layton | 1/19/09

This is one of my second Led Zeppelin song, and "Fool In the Rain" is one of my first Led Zeppelin song. This is acoustic song from the 1971's Led Zeppelin IV album. The other acoustic Led Zeppelin song from Led Zeppelin IV album is "The Battle of Evermore". John Bonham does not appear on this song, and "The Battle of Evermore" too. There is no drums on this song, and as well as "The Battle of Evermore".

Melissa A. Layton.

Going to California | Reviewer: Angry Spider | 1/17/09

Whatever any of bitches think this song means . . .you're all wrong. "Going to California" is slang for butt-hole licking. Man to woman butt-hole licking that is. Woman to man is called a "Grizzly", and it is not recommended. If you look closely at the words you will see what Robert is getting at. Obviously, his first swipe at a brown starfish inspired him to write this. Beautiful.

P.S. - If you're wondering what man to man butthole licking is called, listen to U2. . .Bono will tell you.

Changes | Reviewer: Phil | 7/1/08

This song changes me everytime I hear it, so haunting & beautiful at the same time. Check out the version on the BBC session where Robert is still feeling out the lyrics.It is emotionally humbling.

I hate this song | Reviewer: Led head | 5/29/08

Now, I am Led Head from WAY back, but this is one of the few songs of theirs I cannot stand (4 sticks is the other that comes to mind). Had to say this after reading all the praise for this one... sorry all. I guess it is different strokes for different folks.

good song | Reviewer: George | 2/28/08

California is kind of about hopes and dreams for everybody, it all started hundreds of years ago when people would leave the east coast to go to california for a new start, or hoping to find gold in the gold rush. Now in modern times it is still the same state of mind.

Oh My God, This Song... | Reviewer: Charlotte | 2/13/08

This is my all time favorite song. Zeppelin really outdid themselves. The poetry, the passion, everything is perfect. This song makes my eyes all teary every time I listen to it. Songs like this one arent just written, they're lived.

touching | Reviewer: Matt | 12/19/07

This is the song that taught me everything. It taught me more then math or science. It taught me about life,love, and everything that falls inbetween. Rob couldn't of added anything more to this song.


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