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Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week

September 3rd, 2006 at 06:02pm

This week the award (the first one for spring) goes to The Mamas And The Papas, and the feature song is California Dreamin’. The story of the naming of the band is an interesting one:

The name of the band was inspired by a daytime television talk show. Before the group recorded their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, the band was known for a short time as “The Magic Circle.” Wanting a name easier to remember, they were sitting around their house (which all four band members initially shared) brainstorming on a new name. Someone switched on the TV and a talk show was on with a Hells Angel. The first thing they heard was: “Now hold on there, Hoss. Some people call our women cheap, but we just call them our Mamas.” Cass jumped up and exclaimed, “Yeah! I want to be a Mama!” Michelle chimed in that she wanted to be a “Mama” too. John and Denny looked at each other and John said, “Papas? Okay, problem solved.” And the band had a new name.

Anyway, on with the song, California Dreamin’

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
I’ve been for a walk
On a winters day
On a winters day
I’d be safe and warm
I’d be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees
Got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray
I pretend to pray
You know the preacher likes the cold
Preacher likes the cold
He knows I’m gonna stay
Knows I’m gonna stay
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
I’ve been for a walk
On a winters day
On a winters day
If I didn’t tell her
If I didn’t tell her
I could leave today
I could leave today
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
Dreamin’
On such a winters day
California dreamin’
On such a winters day
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

Samuel

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  • 1. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 5th, 2006 at 3:37 am

    Did you know Mama Cass died in the same hotel room as Jimi Hendrix?

    Obviously the items that caused their deaths, one being a sandwhich and the other being an illegal substance are different but the room was the same. I think John Laws has stayed in that room too.

    Google it. Tis true.


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