1. Does it mean the writer is dreaming about California so the fact is that he is not in California?
2. Is it OK to say, "Alberta dreaming" meaning I'm dreaming about Alberta?
"I passed along the way"
3. Does it mean 'I walked along the hallway'?
"You know the preacher likes the cold"
4. I wonder why the preacher likes the cold weather?
"If I didn't tell her, I could leave today."
5. What does the quote above mean? Is it a subjunctive mood?
The Song California Dreaming lyrics - California Dreaming
1. Yes, the writer is dreaming about California because he is not there.
2. Sure, you could put any location in the title, but the lyrics might not make sense.
3. "[I] stopped into a church I passed along the way."
As I was walking, I saw a church and I stopped in there.
4. The writer assumes that the preacher likes the cold because he (the preacher) is living in a cold climate.
5. Here the assumption is that the writer has moved away from California to be with the woman he loves who lives somewhere cold. The writer is saying that if he could sneak away without saying goodbye to his girlfriend, he could move back to California; however, if he had to face her and tell her that he was leaving, he couldn't do it.
This is one of my favorite songs, you can find the lyrics here:California Dreamin' - Mamas and Papas Love Song Lyrics It was released in 1966
"the writer is dreaming about California because he is not there."
...Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart...
Some people are dreaming, some are going.
Greetings for everyone in this thread.
Last edited by goingtocalifornia; 09-Dec-2007 at 19:32.
re 5. It is subjunctive.
Fact: He did tell his girlfriend. He did not leave. (Past Tense)
More grammatical structure: If I hadn't told her, I could've left today.
Another more grammatical structure in lyrics must be: If I were (not was) in LA.
Thanks for the great comments.
The preacher likes the cold because it makes people stay in church longer as it is warm in there