I Blame California

by Nicole Westerhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)

I used to remember
Loving the sun in December
Now I'd love it if I could forget
You say you miss the seasons
It's not much of a reason
To leave me here with all the regrets

The sun shines so bright here
It made me so blind that
I never saw you driving away
The shores leave you in awe
They can make you feel small
They can make you so sorry you came

You know they oughtta warn ya
I blame California
For being alone as I am
They never tell you
These blue skies can fail you
And leave you with emptier hands
The man that I lost's on
A plane back to Boston
And I'm left with the heat and my hate
Of that beautiful man I gave all that I can
And this damn beautiful golden state

Remember that year
Santa Monica's peer
You kissed me as tourists looked on
And in that moment I trusted
They wished they were us
And I felt like we finally belonged

Yes I felt ten stories high
Like the Hollywood sign
But you thought it all fake
As were we
The scene made you jaded
You just grew to hate it
I'd fix the problem, but the problem's not me

You know they oughta warn ya
I blame California
As the reason my love ran away
Don't think this would happen
If this were Manhattan
But we lived here in sunny L.A.
And now that man that was mine
Belongs to eastern time
And I'm left with what I hate the most
Memories of a beautiful man I gave all that I can
And this damn beautiful golden coast

You know my mama told me
Hollywood would only break my heart
So why am I so surprised
That L.A. tore me apart?

Girl, they all tried to warn ya
Can't blame California
For being as it's always been
I just feel like the only
On this coast that's lonely
Love's loser that can seem to win

And that coward he ran
Just as fast as he can
Leaving me here to this fate
What else could I do?
I wrote a song about you
And this damn beautiful golden state
And I'll tell you we're through
In this song about you
And this damn beautiful golden state

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