lifeblood: songs: lyrics: southern california is your girlfriend


i caught every red light
on the way to catch you
but that train's pulled out
it's been long gone anyway
there was no note in frost on the window
second thoughts or hidden signs
it's not like you stole off
in the night
from the weight of something
you just couldn't bear
you were never trying to elude me
you just had your plans
and they didn't include me

southern california is your girlfriend
(southern california is your girlfriend)
your girlfriend
the sunny twist of venice chez jay
(southern california)
some gay
not all the way
here i stand midwestern corn fed
squinting down the track
it's time to unpack

i know what it means now
that je ne sais quoi
it means something taught you
not to tell
soon enough the air of your mystery
(is choked with the poisonous mix)
is choked with the poisonous mix
of your history

southern california is your girlfriend
(southern california is your girlfriend)
your girlfriend
the sunny twist of venice chez jay
(southern california)
some gay
not all the way
here i stand midwestern corn fed
staring down the track
it's time to unpack

the ferris wheel
where the tourists go
(there's a soldier on leave)
the late night deals
behind the loews
(in a foreign land)
the hopeful stunner
who takes your order
(there's a girl who dreams of lands)
your last chance mojo
south of the border
(across the sea)

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

southern california is your girlfriend
(the postcard pictures are rare and exotic)
(southern california is your girlfriend)
(the hum of the engines deep and hypnotic)
(your girlfriend)
southern california is your girlfriend
(the postcard pictures are rare and exotic)
(southern california)
(the hum of the engines deep and hypnotic)
(not all the way)
here i stand midwestern corn fed
staring down the track
it's time to unpack

words and music by emily saliers


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