Song of the Day #1,809: ‘Going to California (Live)’ – Led Zeppelin


For the next two weeks I’ll continue my annual tradition of going dark on the blog while I embark on a family vacation.

This year’s destination is California, so my ten song selections will reference the Golden State.

Enjoy, and see you back here in a couple of weeks!

Spend my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind, make a new start
Goin’ to California with an achin’ in my heart
Someone told me there’s a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair

Took my chances on a big jet-plane
Never let ’em tell ya that they’re aw-ooh-all the same
Hoh, the sea was red and the sky was grey
I wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today-hee
Mountains and the canyons start to tremble and shake
The children of the sun begin to awake
Watch out

It seems that the wrath of the gods got a punch on the nose
And it’s startin’ to flow, I think I might be sinkin’
Throw me a line, if I reach it in time
Meet you up there where the path runs straight and high

Find a queen without a king
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings, la-la-la-la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin’ to find a woman who’s never, never, never been born
Standin’ on a hill in the mountain of dreams
Tellin’ myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,809: ‘Going to California (Live)’ – Led Zeppelin

  1. Dana says:

    When we went to CA last summer, we put together our iPod pch mix, which featured many songs referencing the state, LA, etc. this song, of course, was on the mix.

    Great live version you found. Did you go live because you had featured the song before on the blog?

  2. Clay says:

    Yep, had to avoid a repeat, but couldn’t leave out this song!

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