THE CALIFORNIA SUN

by Eliot Eidelman

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1.
I want to be bigger than The Beatles I want The Beatles to be smaller than me a little John, a little Paul a tiny George, a small Ringo (Ringo! Ringo! Ringo!) Ding, dong, get out of bed! John and Paul and George are dead! I want to be much much bigger than the king Beatles I want the Beatles to be much much smaller than me (dum dum dum) John and Paul and George and Ringo (Ringo! Ringo! Ringo!) Ding, dong, get out of bed! John and Paul and George are dead! I want to be bigger than the motherfucking Beatles and me John and Paul and George and Ringo (Ringo! Ringo! Ringo!) Ding, dong, get out of bed! John and Paul and George are dead!
2.
42 04:06
It's been a long time since I've seen ya, La Holy Alahambra You used to be yellow and now you're pink or were you rose and now you're beige? I can't remember 'cause it's been a long time Krish dropped the keys from the top wing and then I caught 'em without seein it was dark and I didn't have my glasses on as if he'd channeled them to me He said Whattup my Jesus? It's been a long time And when I went up into his holy abode with the Creedence cover lookin down on all the people below on Peachtree Road he told me: When you're 42 you will be a man No more twenty-somethins and thirty-somethins All you have to do is live 'til 42 And when you're 42 you'll be a success No more gettin nothin and payin nothin Nothin left to do but live for 42 Dippin garlic cloves and apples into a bucket of honey closed my eyes and started feelin the keys that organ sounded so sweet I started trippin and then I can't remember 'cause it's been a long time And when he went up into his Krished-out pose on the yoga mat lookin down on all the people below on Peachtree Road he told me That while you are still young try to have a life try not to get stuffy When you've had enough he told me what to do: play 432 And once you 42 you will know some things about baking muffins and knowin nothin's not so hard to do once you 42 Nothin's hard to do when you 42 42! 42! 42! 42! Yolohollaalahambra! 42! Yolohollaalahambra! 42! Yolohollaalahambra! 42! Yolohollaalahambra! Yolohollaalahambra! Yolohollaalahambra!
3.
I can hear the rooster crow in the mornins when I'm all alone such a lucky cock to be your next door neighbor And what are the chances in all of Berlin a city of three and a half million that I'd hear him crowin right across the courtyard? What are the chances of meeting anyone that you think you could begin to fall in love with? What if you could do anyone or be anything in the name of love?
4.
Y'alleloujah 03:37
Wandering around the streets of St. Pauli the day after Lou Reed died Maybe it's true now that the music's really over still I never felt so alive singin to all of you all that I know I'm singin to all of you Cracked whores smokin stones and decomposin beatle bones remind me of the memories that I never known and I'm not alone, wherever I'm goin I got you All of you, Halle-Lou Wonderin around the backstreets of Schöneberg when suddenly what do we see? Some Afgani gangsters pukin in the alley where Iggy, Lou and Davy used to be singin to all of you all that they knew they're singin to all of you I remember when you could depend on a friend to pick up the phone instead of just textin I'm vexin around and all that I found's I still got you babe All of you, Hallelujah Hallelujah! And AEIOU-ya! All of you, ya and baby I love you!
5.
They say it gets cold up here around this time of the year, early February I try to get somethin right every once in a while Now listen here 'cause I got somethin to say there's a place I call home and it's so far away now I'm tryin to get somethin right every once in a while Though I know I'll find my way back again to every place I ever been and I'll go whenever the time begins to fold in on itself to open up and let the memories melt back into the here and now To take me back again to pickle me up and let the light come in at the end of the day before it's gone away They say it gets cold up here around this time of the year I try to get somethin right every once in a while The land I'm from is called the U.S.A. and I'm here for now but I'm not here to stay, no I'm tryin to get somethin right every once in a while And I know that when the time's ripe we'll go down and step across the border to Mexico and I think of all of the other reasons to hold you in my arms to listen to your heart beat out my thoughts and carry me home to you To take me back again to pickle you up and let the light come in at the end of the day before it's gone away They say it gets cold up here around this time of the year...
6.
Are you in a state of grace? Are you in a state of grace, Joan? Are you gonna wear those clothes? Are you gonna be saved by Antonin Artaud? Are you gonna be alone? Are you gonna be alone with God, Joan? Are you gonna die alone? Are all of the people gonna revolt now?
7.
And Again 04:39
She took off her clothes and then she proposed we go back to her bedroom She let down her hair And asked if I'd care if she put on Clair de Lune She turned up the knob the music came on she got back underneath the sheets of her bed and holding my head she gave all her love to me And again Her love was so inviting and again I wasn't even trying and again She put back on her clothes again she proposed we walk up the avenue to a cafe It's a beautiful day and it's almost after noon She put up her hair and asked what to wear as I got back underneath the sheets of her bed and resting my head I fell back to sleep again Her love was so completing and again I didn't feel like eating then again Her love was so fulfilling and again I didn't feel like milling out in the streets with the cars and the heat and the feet of the people all mixed up in front of me I'd rather stay in today and write a song for my lady I think it went something like this: Sweet Susanna! Sweet Susanna!
8.
Evan: When all your dreams have turned to gold and you have grown tired, weak and old in the waiting room that is your life then take a seat relax some more the time was there the place was then and I'm not sayin anything's gonna change! Eliot: When all your dreams have turned to shit and you've got no- where left to sit in the waiting room that is your life then take a stand walk out the door the time is here the place is now and I'm not sayin anything's gonna change! And I just can't help but lovin' you, yes it's true I can't help myself at all, can't help myself at all!
9.
Bodega Bay 02:53
I left my home in the San Francisco Bay tryin to follow a hunch tryin to fall in love I took a trip up along that Pacific Coast Highway just headed northward up to Bodega Bay When I arrived I took a boat across the bay to surprise my love tryin to follow a hunch and when in Rome do as the Romans as they say even way up here in Bodega Bay When the heavens opened up I held your hand and had to tuck my head under your chest the way that you caressed me made me know we'd be okay we'd find a way to get away from Bodega Bay go back to San Francisco When the heavens opened up I held your hand and had to tuck my head Made me know we'd be okay, we would find a way to get away, go home So won't you take me away from Bodega Bay? Honey I just wanna ride your bones tonight but if we don't leave soon we may never see the mornin light again, I didn't plan on comin here to stay so baby won't you take me away from Bodega Bay? Baby won't you take me away from Bodega Baby won't you take me away from Bodega Bay? Take me way down south to Los Angeles Won't you visit me way out in Joshua Tree in the holiest April of 2014 a gaggle of angels keeps descendin on me and it's all right
10.
Coyote 01:55
Well when Coyote got excited he dug himself a hole he tunneled to the river to the virgin bathing pool he got excited he dug himself a hole with his dick he dug himself a hole Well when he made it to the river he ran into the Snake it bit him in the dick and he had to take a moment just to realize what has happenin that it had bit him in the dick Whole lotta people in the world today don't know what to think or say or do or be or who to be like or who not to be like I like Coyote! I wanna be Coyote! All right now! Whole lotta people, whole lotta people and a whole lotta Pipeloi, whole lotta Pipeloi a whole lotta people in the world today! Coyote! And have you ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with? I have
11.
Guantanamo 02:37
One of these days they're gonna ship me away to my four by six cell in Guantanamo Bay all because of the words that I say call it freedom of speech in the U.S. of A. Once of these days I'm gonna pick up the phone and at the end of the line there won't be no tone just some FBI guys whisperin Shh, he's home I'll disconnect the line and to the mountains I'll roam That's right Well the good die brave and the brave die young they bury their heads in the heart of the son of the father on the day that the deed is done It's the American way or else Off to Guantanamo Bay with ya, son Off ta Gitmo ya go You may say that I'm paranoid (you're paranoid) well I've got every good reason to be The government's gone off and destroyed our basic civil liberties and we can't be free One of these days I'll hear a knock at the door and then a guy with a gun'll tell me Down on the floor! All because of this stupid fucking war we're shippin justice away to Guantanamo Bay That's right Off ya go Off ta Gitmo And it's not just me: One of these days they're gonna ship us away to our four by six cells in Guantanamo Bay all because of the words that we say you can call it freedom of speech (freedom of speech) in the U.S. of A. in the U.S.A. in the motherfuckin U.S.A. in the U.S.A.
12.
Wondrin wondrin what will I be? What will I be to the enemy? What will he be to me? Wondrin wondrin what will I say? What will I say on that fateful day? What will I finally say? Wondrin wondrin what will I do? What will I do when it all comes true? There's a ship in the yard and it's time to climb aboard What will I finally be?
13.
Dark deep darkness and splendor all around it was in the roots and under and a tree came out and then a house with stars above inside the house a man with eyes to see and long arms reaching he saw the splendor all around and when he reached into the deep darkness he saw himself And reaching out into the deep darkness he saw himself Alright now! And it's all right now from the lithograph "Dark Deep Darkess" by David Lynch
14.
'm goin back to California home of the California Sun I hope to see ya in California so I can know that I'm not the only one Been away for almost a year left my love and I swallowed my fear made it all the way to Germany buckled down for the winter and started to freeze Take me back to California land of the endless fire and waterless lakes I'm comin home to California so I can know that I've gotten what it takes Flew back to Atlanta it was freezin cold up in the Big House on Ponce I was all alone out in Colorado where the gravel is thick and the nights are long and the ice is slick All aboard for California! Wake up in the mornin feel the sun shinin on your face Next stop on this train's a-California! Everyone must exit, we've arrived, get off the train It's good to be back in California home of the California Sun It's always good to see ya here in California so I can know that I'm not the only one Just you and me and the California Sun
15.
Black cats aren't bad luck I'm bad luck for black cats I got the Black Cat Blues It's not what I choose and I don't know why I find that I am always losing you When we lost our Vlad high up on the hilltop I must've combed that hill down a million times or more and I don't know what I find that I am always looking for When your mama died and I couldn't be by your side You never really let me ever be there again and I just don't know when I find that I will always be your friend Kembra disappeared everything that I feared is comin true I got the Black Cat Blues and I don't know who you found but I am always losing you Back up on the hill hoping Ham's alive still and that you're doing well it can be hard to tell and I don't know how you find out I am always still myself Black cat's got the blues whereas I got the Black Cat Blues and I love you Sus though it's not what I choose and I don't know why I find that I am always still loving you and yet I don't know why when I find that I am always losing you I got the Black Cat Blues And this black cat's gonna find his way home some day, some day
16.
When the wind sweeps the sand to the sky and the ocean of dust starts to rise in the desert of life we are islands of light in the faces of death we're alive When the sun starts to fall from the sky and the land of the day starts to die there's a place where my eyes always rest where the colors descend on the West Where the blue meets the yellow and red and the hills are all purple and dead 'fore the electric kite in the sky is ready to ride you into the night Where the stars are all-knowing and bright and the moon is a sliver of light from a faraway star we are further than far away from the eclipse of the Sun When it rise its head in the East and the sounds of the night have all ceased we're alive and awake and enveloping everything from the sun underneath Where the land is all blistered and parched where the cowboys and indians marched to their deaths in the West while the rest of us followed them to be imbued by the sun Where the coyotes are crossing the plain and the doves and the crows are all playing in the sand and the branches of joshua trees in the faces of death we are free As the wildflowers lining the paths and the washes as dry as the wraths of the sun, he sees everything from above he can mercilessly see all things from above

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released August 1, 2014

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Eliot Eidelman, except "Just Can't Help But Lovin' You" by Evan Backer and Eliot Eidelman
"Dark Deep Darkness" lyrics from the lithograph "Dark Deep Darkness" by David Lynch, set to music and arranged by Eidelman
All selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)

Eliot Eidelman: vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, harmonica
Evan Backer: drums, percussion, bass vocals, organ & bass on "Just Can't Help But Lovin' You"

Recorded with 2 C214s and GarageBand at First Take Studios, Missing Beaver Ranch, Ridgway, CO, between April 30 and May 15, 2014
Recordings engineered and mixed in mono by Backer
Mastered by Rob Jackson at Cavedweller Audio, Oakland, CA
an Evan and Eliot on Earth Co-Production


The Maestro would like to thank History Colorado Ute Indian Museum for lending us their Elders' moraches for the end of 42

Dedicated in loving memory of Patti & Skip Battin

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