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The California Songfacts says: In this song, Mitchell sings of going home to her beloved California. She sings as though she's been on a long journey - and indeed, she has. After a tough breakup with her longtime boyfriend Graham Nash , Mitchell hoofed her way across Europe. It was during that journey when Mitchell penned many of the songs on her Blue album.

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Joni Mitchell - California Lyrics


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  • This song really warms my heart. :)
  • thanks juniormc cartney :-))
  • Joni Mitchell's California is the one song that takes me to another Time and Dimension. Her Blue album is a must for my Deserted Island list.
  • The slide guitar is a nice touch.
  • folk lives
  • no voice like this. wonderful.
  • This is the song that got me into Joni Mitchell.
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  • just a week until my skin turns brown then i'm going home to california... but does your skin not turn brown in california anyway?

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