California Dreamin' Lyrics - The Mamas & the Papas

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All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray.
(And the sky is gray).
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day.
(On a winter's day).

I'd be safe and warm
(I'd be safe and warm)
if I was in L.A.
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin'
(California dreamin') on such a winter's day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees
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(got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray.
(I pretend to pray).
You know the preacher likes the cold.
(preacher lights the coals).
He knows I'm gonna stay.
(knows I'm gonna stay).
California dreamin'
(California dreamin') on such a winter's day.

(Bridge)

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray.
(And the sky is gray).
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day.
(On a winter's day).

If I didn't tell her
(If I didn't tell her)
I could leave today.
(I could leave today).
California dreamin' (California dreamin')on such a winter's day,
California dreamin' on such a winter's day,
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.



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he tries to get warm?? | Reviewer: shed | 8/13/14

sorry for my poor english but how can you argue on such a clear idea. there is a man freezing in cold and dreaming warm lands of clifornia and gets in a church to keep warm and pretends like praying to keep warm by the preachers lighting coal..

am i just dreaming or are you all high?

"Pretend" or "Begin" to pray? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/13

Two reviewers above (Susan Sisler and Elane) both said that the true lyric stated "the preacher locked the door; He knows I'm gonna stay." Why would you go to a church and stay in there praying all night if you were only "pretending" to pray, as the lyrics state. I mean, it seems that from the rest of the verse, it would make more sense to say "I begin (not pretend) to pray." I just wonder if that word was changed too?

escape from the rurals | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/19/13

High school seniors. Some condemned to mount tractors; others 'Nam; some college;few tripped to The West Coast. Lifr bit us in The rear. Remember The Dylon lyrics: ”took ev thing he could steal”. FYI, I did stop @ a christian monument in Longbeach, on my knees, cars whizzed by, I did not knw how to pray. Unprepared for The word. Outsyanding song!!!

beautiful calirfornia | Reviewer: Axel pomme | 3/5/13

I really enjoed to read the lyrics of that wonderfull song.
I think it was hard work for the singer to create the liyrics.
But now when you look at the result you could start crying cause it´s so beautifull

California nostalgia | Reviewer: Yasi | 2/5/12

I've never lived in L.A 'n California ever...But I love this song & every time I hear it singing , I've got this nostalgia feeling for a place I've never been
I guess it's the magic of music...

Words I remember... | Reviewer: Susan Sisler | 10/14/11

I remember singing this song over and over and over and over... The words are "You know the preacher locked the door, he knows I'm gonna stay". WHO CHANGED THEM??? Some liberal who doesn't want us to think people can pray all night in a church? Someone trying to erase God and Prayer from our society and make it look like we were never spiritual? GOD IS ALIVE AND LOVES EACH ONE OF US!

California Dreamin' | Reviewer: "Because I was there" | 6/12/11

The reason why the 60's were so special is because of ALL the innovation , invention & interaction (racial & foreign) ,the music style changes & the huge improvements in human relations,living standards & personal wealth & achievements.(space programme,man-on-the-moon etc) So yes , venerate the 60's & until you can get off your backside & do better then let it be an inspiration to you ! & venerate the "swinging 60's " like the rest of us !!!

Almost Right | Reviewer: Elane | 4/7/11

You have the lyric as
You know the Preacher likes the cold
Preacher likes the cold

I have the lyrics on an old album it should be

You know the preacher locked the door
Preacher locked the door

If you think about it - it makes a lot more sense that he locked the door because he knew the speaker was going to stay.

You had to be there, sort of | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/11

This was never a favorite when I was a kid, probably because it was covered almost as much as "Yesterday" and I just got sick of hearing it. There was also the small fact that I had no idea what it was about.

But...when I got older I gradually cam to realize that the song is an almost perfect distillation of how many, many people saw California during the 1960s, which really was a Great Awakening for America. If you think there are too many insane Fox News republicans smelling up the joint today, imagine an entire country of them, which is what we had here pre-Kennedy/pre-Civil Rights movement.

When I was a senior in high school I was stuck in a really backward state (name begins with "I") where it was common to hear people who had never been there talk endlessly about how terrible California was. I'd spent a lot of time in the Bay Area, so I immediately understood that there was a kind of culture of ignorance about California among many of the Good People in Flyover Country. I guess that explains why I've lived in CA for 35 years now.

Why the adoration of this song? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/29/09

Or for that matter, over 50% of the music and bands of this era that are still foisted upon us daily. This song has a secure place among my list of top ten all-time-most-annoying. Stupid lyrics, stupid, facile melody and chorus...it could have been written by a five year old. Why the blind, knee-jerk veneration of everything related to the 60's?

California Livin' California Dreamin' | Reviewer: PAUL BUNYAN | 12/28/08

Just saw this song being played on one of those " best of " 60's music cd sales and when I hear it , it always makes me think , tho I've always been native to california , I still dream of this place , and this song sounds of ones dreams yep yep blah blah blah this song's dope

Song's About Winter. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/21/08

Without being 'too' specific about winter weather, in California, 'this' song appears to have the knack of expressing many feeling's about average, non-descript winter days, as they may often be in California; and (adding to the worldwide success of the song) successfully waxing lyrical with descriptions of average winters which 'could' depict winter in many more places around the USA., and very many other countries, as well!.

California Dreamin look over corrections | Reviewer: alexa | 11/26/07

I have noticed about this song that on the 3rd paragraph it says "I pre to pary." It really should be I pretend to pray. Great Job on doing so well with this though!



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