California Dreamin' (Mamas & the Papas cover)

from 10 Covers - Volume II by Richard Turgeon

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Originally released by the Mamas and the Papas in 1965. Loved recording this one as it captures my love of the California sound, and it's a brilliantly written song, from arrangement to melody to chord structure. Cover art by my son, Ethan. Enjoy.

lyrics

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day
(On a winter's day)
I'd be safe and warm
(I'd be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A.
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreaming
(California dreaming)
On such a winter's day

Stopped into the church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees
(Got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray
(I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher likes the cold
(Preacher likes the cold)
He knows I'm gonna stay
(Knows I'm gonna stay)
California dreaming
(California dreamin)
On such a winter's day

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray
(And the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day
(On a winter's day)
If I didn't tell her
(If I didn't tell her)
I could leave today
(I could leave today)
California dreaming
(California dreaming)
On such a winters day
(California dreaming)
On such a winters day
(California dreaming)
On such a winters day

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from 10 Covers - Volume II, track released April 3, 2021
Richard Turgeon - All noises, mix, master, recording
Ron Guensche - Tasty bass

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Richard Turgeon San Francisco, California

I'm a suburban dad who writes, performs, and produces original rock songs. I play most of the instruments myself.

My new EP, 'Campfire Songs,' is available now on all digital outlets and on Kool Kat Records (CD).

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