Monday, May 5, 2008

The California Sun



I was starting a post on one of my favorite guitarists and thought, I have too many irons on the fire this week to put together a week of posts. Suddenly, I had a brainstorm. Hey! What about me? I don't have to do too much research on me. So this week, some songs from a few of my albums.

Will Pollard took this photo in Cambridge, Massachusetts right around the time I wrote The California Sun which would have been 1994. A friend on Cape Cod called the other night to say that he'd performed it for Earth Day which was a pleasure to hear. It's from my first album, Souvenir.

The California Sun


If you want to download your own copy, you can go to Suzanne McDermott - Souvenir - The California Sun

The California Sun

When we got the call
We were looking out the window
in a westerly direction
We checked the road at the place where it curved
away into tomorrow
We dropped whatever we were doing
Packed our babies and belongings
And followed the rainbow
Assured of the dream
And all it foretold

We killed whatever moved
We cut down anything that sprouted
This was our land after all
It was manifest
Our destiny
The sound of bells and hammers
Blew in the wind of happy industry
We made roads
to get to roads
to get to roads
to get our hands on all the gold

We found it all in the California Sun
In the California Sun
In the California sun yeah
We found it all in the California Sun
In the California Sun
We found it all

When we first set eyes upon
the jewels of the pacific
We knew our god at last had brought us
to the rainbow's end
And there we dreamed machines we built
That made new dreams we thirsted for
We poured in girls and oil and oranges
And just a little more gold
Just a little more

We spent it all in the California Sun
In the California Sun
In the California sun yeah
We spent it all in the California Sun
In the California Sun
We spent it all

We went as far as we could go
We dug as deep as we could dig
We flew as high as we could fly
We even made it to the moon
And when we finally came to
We acted so surprised
as if we thought we could expand that way forever
And when our gold turned into lead
And all our instincts said slow down
We climbed behind the wheel
and we accelerated anyway

We drove it right through the California Sun
Through the California Sun
Through the California Sun yeah
We drove it right through the California Sun
Through the California sun

And if we could would we do it all over again
If we could and we knew the things that we know now
Split the difference in the middle of the country
Kept the lessons that we learned in our pockets

Now the sun is setting
Night comes to remind us of the darkness
The glow of dawn
The flame of day
Flicker quick before our sleepy eyes
We are wandering
We are longing
for a home that's gone forever
For some tree to sit beneath
And for some time to think it over

We burned it all in the California Sun
In the California sun
In the Califohttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifrnia sun yeah
We burned it all in the California Sun
In the California Sun
We burned it all

And when the ashes turn back into dust
The spirit will rise
Because the spirit must
And we'll turn with the earth
And we'll move with the wind
And we'll start something different
All over again

©1994 Suzanne McDermott/Drexel Road Music (ASCAP) (STIM)
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