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    Question The Song California Dreaming

    Hi!

    I would like to know the meaning behind the song California Dreaming by The mamas and Papas! I friend asked me about but I don´t know :)

    here are the lyrics

    http://www.links2love.com/love_lyrics_206.htm

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Tdol; 26-Feb-2009 at 10:01. Reason: Lyrics replaced with link. Please only quote extracts from songs- we must be careful about copyright

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Hi, San!

    You might be interested in viewing the following link:

    Untitled Document

    The following is an excerpt from that link:

    In the 1960's, California Dreaming by the Mamas and Papas served as a metaphor for a restless and idealistic generation of young people flocking to California . It was the center of the “counter culture,” that emerged from the free-speech movement on campuses in the 1960s, during what was a tumultuous political period catalyzed by the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    I'm not a teacher but since it is my favorite song, it can't help to post something here. In my opinion, I think there is no hidden meaning but California is the state that always has good weather at all year so that's it.

    According to John Phillips in a Bravo documentary, and Michelle in an NPR piece, the song was written in 1963 while they were living in New York. He dreamed about the song and woke her up to help him write. She had stopped in St. Patrick's a few days earlier, which led to the second verse. At the time, the Phillipses were members of the folk group The New Journeymen which evolved into The Mamas and the Papas.

    Source : California Dreamin' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Enjoy the music.

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, San!

    You might be interested in viewing the following link:

    Untitled Document

    The following is an excerpt from that link:

    In the 1960's, California Dreaming by the Mamas and Papas served as a metaphor for a restless and idealistic generation of young people flocking to California . It was the center of the “counter culture,” that emerged from the free-speech movement on campuses in the 1960s, during what was a tumultuous political period catalyzed by the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Amigo beat me! However it's great to know something behind this song! Thanks.

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by supada View Post
    Amigo beat me! However it's great to know something behind this song! Thanks.
    Supada, I like your explanation, also! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar!!!!

    I enjoy metaphors and, certainly, any song by the Mamas and the Papas can appear to be metaphorical! Since the song was written during the early and turbulent sixties, it lends itself nicely to an anti-establishment interpretation.

    Nonetheless, it is still one of the top 500 songs of all-time!

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    You might enjoy this version of California Dreaming.

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    You might enjoy this version of California Dreaming.
    Thanks for sharing, Ouisch!

    Cheers,
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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post

    Nonetheless, it is still one of the top 500 songs of all-time!

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Cheers for The Mamas and the Papas!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    You might enjoy this version of California Dreaming.
    Thanks. It was very funny.

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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    Hi everyone!!

    thanks a lot for your coments ! very helpful :)

    I would like to add somehing. The song sounds very melancholic to me. I think there is more in the song than only about the counter-culture if you consider the line "If I didn't tell her I could leave today" .

    Why a person would say " I am California Dreaming" and I don´t think it is just longing to be in a warmer place.

    what you guys think ?


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    Re: The Song California Dreaming

    What I want to know is about this part of the lyrics:

    "If I didn't tell her, I could leave today"

    Tell her WHAT? Will you marry me, or something like that?

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