the song
title : California
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd / Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Johnny Scott pedal steel guitar
Calum MacColl electric, slide and high-strung guitar, dulcimer, zither ?
Teddy Borowiecki piano, Hammond organ, harmonium, keyboards, melodica ?
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass, acoustic bass
Roy Dodds drums, percussion, hand claps, loop drumming
music
key : E minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 144
form : V V B C V B′ ½c C P
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

California

Billy doesn’t love me but he keeps good company
he only comes here when there’s no one left to see
but I don’t mind if he comes around
I know the winter gets him down
Billy doesn’t love me but he keeps good company

we can’t afford a ticket but we can always dream
it looks so good you could almost kiss the screen
we’ve seen the blue, we’ve seen the smiles
we can get a map and count the miles
it looks so good you could almost kiss the screen

and when we get there
mmm, what will we find, yeah

all the way to California, we’ll go
all the way to California
why don’t you come with me
and I’ll get you through January
in California
California

why don’t you come and lie down next to me, yeah
if you’re feeling like a river lost in the deep blue sea, yeah
under covers you’re a child
but we’ll be there in a little while
why won’t you come and lie down next to me

and when we get there
what will we find
will we find something
we left behind

– pedal steel solo

all the way to California, we’ll go
all the way to California
why don’t you come with me
and I’ll get you through January
in California

California
California, ha-hah
why don’t you come and lie down?
yeah-yeah
ah-yeah
why don’t you come and lie down?
mmm, [we see it, we see it]

explanations
part of the reference in this song is to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which results in personality changes, usually depression, during the days of short day-light (particularly of course January in the northern hemisphere)

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna
recorded by : Barry Hammond at Chipping Norton Studios in 1997-04
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:35
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 9
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 15