Oh, California!

by Sons of the Golden West

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released February 2, 2016

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Sons of the Golden West plays music with a retro bent. Its West Coast roots run deep, headed by a fourth-generation Californian who grew up in Los Angeles absorbing the heritage of a rapidly altering landscape. His family's westward migration and the idea of a place losing its history inspired him to found Sons of the Golden West. ... more

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Track Name: Oh, California!
Oh, California
By Sons of the Golden West
©2014 Eric Butterfield (BMI)


Oh, California
I wish I'd known you when you were young
Oh, California
I wish I'd known you when you were young

Caravans were running west
Tales were spreading fast across the land
Over mountains thick with snow, you know
The towns they were teeming with dreamers
Dreaming of their pot of gold
Dreaming of their pot of gold
Can't you see it shining?

Oh, California
I wish I'd known you when you were young
Oh, California
I wish I'd known you when you were young

I knew a lovely lady
In my dreams I knew her well
She whispered of deliverance
A heaven to save me from hell

All across the land
she whispered words you know
I will never hear again
Never hear again

Oh, California
I'm coming for ya
Oh, California
I'm coming for ya


I met a lovely senorita
Dancing down at the old el rancho
I said I got a song
We can dance to fast then slow
Her big green eyes
Like two ripe avocados told me all I need to know
When she said No hablo ingles
I said No hablo espanol
She's a true Californio
A true Californio
And now we're singing

Oh, California
You know I love ya, forever young
Oh, California
You know I love ya, sincerely nature's son

Sincerely nature's son
Sincerely nature's son
Track Name: Cry Me A River
Cry Me A River
By Sons of the Golden West
©2014 Eric Butterfield (BMI)

Tough guys, they don't dance
These boots are made for kickin'
I know nothing 'bout romance
Girl, I'm kicking down your door

You can talk all night 'bout looking for love
Well, that ain't free
Gonna take the sparkle of a diamond
For the blind to see

Well I told you there's no miracle
That's gonna wed your heart to me
But you keep holding on

Go on and cry, cry me a river
Come on and cry, cry 'til I reach the sea
Come on and cry, cry me a river

Oh, no, you can't change a man like me

Tough guys, they don't cry
Stand tall, be the silent type
If your mouth is gonna do a dance
Well, you get shown the door

And I promised you no miracle
No heart upon my sleeve
But you keep holding on

Why don't you cry, cry me a river
Go on and cry, cry 'til I reach the sea
Go on, cry, cry me a river
Go on, girl, 'til I reach the sea

No changing a man like me

Cry, cry me a river
Go on, cry, cry 'til I reach the sea
Come on and cry, cry me a river
Go on until I reach the sea

There just ain't no changing a man like me
Track Name: Mother's Happy Now
Mother's Happy Now
©2014 Eric Butterfield (BMI)


Secrets in the attic don't talk much
When they do, everyone falls silent
No one makes a sound

Mother's in the kitchen with onion eyes
Guess we'll get our good clothes
And go off to church
The bells are ringing now

See the angels in the clouds
Oh, mother's happy now

Secrets in the attic hide in dust
One little whisper and the seasons
Blow apart with a howl
Cover up your ears
Mother's crying now

Can't you see the angels in the clouds?
Singing such joyous sounds?
Oh, mother's happy now

Mother's in the kitchen with empty eyes
Go hear the good word and don't talk too much
It's such a sinful sound
Where has my good boy gone?
It's all a secret now

I can see the angels in the clouds
Raining down a joyous sound
Lord, it's never been so loud
Oh, mother's happy now
Oh, mother's happy now
Track Name: Let's Get A Room
Let's Get A Room
©2013 Eric Butterfield

When she walked in the bar
I was whistling my way through a ribald tune
Called “The Heat of June”
When I said, “Hello”
She said, “Let's get a room”

Let's get a room
Let's get a room
You know she said she'd sing my tune
And come tomorrow would be like no other dawn
She said her lonely heart had been done too wrong

She was as fine as a summer day
And hotter than an August night
And her lips they were sweet as a peach
And she talked like a sailor that ain't been home in weeks

Let's get a room
Let's get a room
That's what she said, whistling my tune
But in the morning you know I found her and my money gone
You gotta hide your wallet when a woman comes on that strong

I was sitting in a waiting room
Waiting for a plane to shoot me to the sky
When who should walk on by
What do ya know, she said let's go
Come on, girl, what kind of fool you take me for, I'd rather be dead
She said that's what you'll be if you get aboard that plane
Instead of me

Let's get a room
Let's get a room
You know a fool will eat his shoe
For a little feeling he knows in the morning will be gone
What can you do when the little lady comes on that strong?

You get a room
You get a room
You make the headboard go Bam! Boom!
Against the motel wall you got for oh so cheap
And she hollers all night like a sailer ain't been home in weeks
And she hollers all night like her sailer ain't been home in weeks
Track Name: Broken Me
Broken Me
By Sons of the Golden West
©2013 Eric Butterfield (BMI)

You wanna reel me in one last time
You wanna show me what I'll never find
Oh you snare me in the moonlight
And breathe me in with the stars
Oh they can't see a thing
But what's broken
What's broken in me

Broken me
I could love you so good
Broken me
You wanna break me for good
So good

You can't outrun the morning sun, it always finds your face
Love's just a game when you dare the truth not to play
All this dreaming she was feeling the same way
I was needing summer healing and she could only see what's broken
What's broken in me

Broken me
I could love you so good
Broken me
You wanna break me for good
You'll never know me
You don't know when it's good
So good

You're reeling me in one last time
You wanna show me what I can never find
In the daylight I know you're looking through me
In the shadows I know your heart's broken free
Are you broken?
Broken like me?

Broken me
I could have loved you so good
You'll never know me
You never broke me for good
You'll never set yourself free
You don't know when it's good
So good

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