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California

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Sitting in a park in Paris France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn't want to stay here
It's too old and cold and settled in its ways here
Oh but California

California I'm coming home
I'm going to see the folks I dig
I'll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I'm coming home

I met a redneck on a Grecian isle
Who did the goat dance very well
He gave me back my smile
But he kept my camera to sell
Oh the rogue the red red rogue
He cooked good omelettes and stews
And I might have stayed on with him there
But my heart cried out for you California

Oh California I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues
Just gives you the blues
So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone reading Vogue
They said "How long can you hang around?"
I said a week maybe two
Just until my skin turns brown
Then I'm going home to California

California I'm coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another man
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
More about the war
And the bloody changes
Oh will you take me as I am?
Will you take me as I am?
Will you?


© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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Guitar Transcriptions of California

California has been recorded by 25 others

Antonioli, Laurie (from "Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light " - 2014)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
Blue Tapestry (from "Blue Tapestry" - 2002)
Dee, Charlie (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell Live At Kriterion" - 2009)
Duell, Olivia (- 2012)
Elsmore, Theresa (- 2008)
Flowers, Misty (- 2014)
Guillou, Jaclyn  (from "To The City" - 2011)
Jordan, Gaby (from "Two For the Road" - 2002)
Konkova, Olga (from "Improvisational Four" - 2009)
Lavington, Victoria  (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
Lewis, Jessica (- 2013)
Linka, Rudy (from "Simple Pleasures" - 2002)
Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
Neuburg, Amy X  (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
Parrish, Chantry  (- 2006)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
Rodriguez, Raquel (- 2013)
Rose, Trelawny (from "Shed A Little Light" - 2013)
Sandbloom, Kevin (from "Sandbloom Still Blue" - 2011)
Stubbert, Sandy (from "Kick The Moon" - 1998)
Takada, Ren (from "Lullaby" - 2002)
Takada, Ren (from "Ballads - anthology of early years" - 2007)
The Steve Klink Trio (from "Places To Come From, Places To Go" - 2002)
Wilson Phillips (from "California" - 2004)
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sixtiessurvivor on 2013-Apr-03 at 13:44:05 GMT-5:
When I first heard this at college in California in the 70's, I was pretty sure that Sunset Pig meant a policeman who worked on Sunset Blvd. Policemen weren't generally popular, since they were seen as repressive "tools of the establishment". She would have been real homesick to be glad enough to kiss a Sunset pig.
60'sSkip on 2011-Jul-21 at 19:48:05 GMT-5:
ginjeanie - It's one of my favorites too but I never really thought about the pig. I always thought it was like someone sayin' "I'd crawl over broken glass on my hands and knees to (insert whatever)". In other words she'd be so happy to get back to California she'd be willing to kiss a pig. And, of course, I always assumed a "Sunset Pig" referred to Sunset Blvd, nothing to do with the orange orb in the sky; just another way to say a California pig.
ginjeanie on 2011-May-30 at 19:07:37 GMT-5:
I absolutely adore this song and I'm wondering if anyone can enlighten me to the meaning of what a sunset pig might refer to ?