Monday, 1 April 2013

Song of the month (XV)

Discovering my dad’s music collection has to be the best thing that happened to me during my childhood. I remember sneaking into my parents' bedroom and ‘stealing’ the music tapes that my dad treasured in the lower drawer of his bedside table. The collection was mainly made up of a variety of 60s and 70s pop & rock artists, his idolised Ennio Morricone and, of course, The Beatles. Thanks to my dad, I was introduced to different, definitely more mature sounds than those that a 10-year-old kid would normally listen to, and I do cherish that.

One of the songs I found in his music collection was "California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & the Papas, which still remains as one of my favourite songs ever. It wasn’t until very recently when I listened to the song again that I realised how much I actually identify with the lyrics these days.

This month I wanted to bring back a piece of my childhood, and I’m pretty sure that this cool version of the above-mentioned song by Bobby Womack won't let me down.

Hope you enjoy the listen!

(written by Michelle Gilliam and John Edmund Andrew Phillips)

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
I went for a walk
On a winter’s day

I'd be safe and warm
If I was in LA
California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day

Went through the church, just me
I stopped along the way
When I got down on my bended knee
And I began to pray

You know the preacher digs a call
Cos he knows I’m gonna stay
He knows I’m gonna stay, I told him so
California dreamin’

Oh, somebody hit me know
I wanna go so bad, yeah

Cos all the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey, yeah
I went for a walk
On a winter's day, oooohhhhhhh

I’d be safe and warm
If I was in LA
California dreamin’
On such a winter's day
Such a winter's day
On such a winter's day, yeah, yeah, woahhh

California dreamin’
California dreamin’
Gotta, gotta, gotta get some sunshine
Can’t believe I blew my mind
Gotta get some sunshine
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
Ohhh, gotta get some
California dreamin’, ohhhhhh
Gotta get to LA
Get some sunshine every day
California dreamin’

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