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Going to California
– originally from Led Zeppelin IV

Part of what was (at the time) going to be our 3 song acoustic ‘demo’, Going to California was the first song that Jon laid down for this album. "I remember our discussions about the vocal approach we were going for. We agreed that Jon would NOT attempt to do a Robert Plant impersonation at all. A true Led Zeppelin devotee, Jon would remain faithful to the iconic melodies while imparting his own personality and character to the performance. I was thrilled with the results." – Thor


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

Oh, the sea was red and the sky was grey
I wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today
Mountains and the canyons start to tremble and shake
The children of the sun begin to awake

Now 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 doom
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