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Low — California
Album: The Great Destroyer
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 629









Released: 2005
Length: 3:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
See your reflection in your mind
You keep your revelations wide eyed
They knew just where to draw the line
You let them get you every time

Though it breaks your heart
We had to sell the farm
Back to California where it's warm

It fell around you like the stars
You picked up everything they dropped
And though it breaks you like a song
You had some secrets of your own

(repeat chorus)

It's warm
It's warm

Though it breaks your heartv We had to sell the farm
Nights were just too long
With all your children gone
Would it keep you strong
If I said it with a song
Back to California where it's warm
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Love the harmonies!
Really hearing Teenage Fanclub here.
 Nadine wrote:
great guitar. reminds me of some of failure's tunes.
 
I remember Failure! Loved that band.
 handyrae wrote:
That's funny--my husband plays some Low and I hate it. But this I like. Go figure.
 
your comment is from 6 years ago.  Has he learned to play this one yet?
 Businessgypsy wrote:

Interesting geographical tidbit: the southernmost beach in California is 500 miles north of the northernmost beach in Florida. Add another 300 miles south, and it's nice all winter here under the coconut trees.

Part of the reason I moved from Santa Barbara, CA to the left bank of the Caloosahatchee.

 
That tidbit sounded so hard to believe that I didn't believe it and checked a map.  The southern-most point in California is indeed north of the northern-most point in Florida, but by a very small distance, nowhere near 500 miles.  And California beaches go all the way to the Mexican border and I believe that Florida has beaches all the way to the Georgia border and certainly along the Panhandle on the Gulf.

As far as I'm concerned there's only one good reason not to want to live in Santa Barbara and it's not the weather!  Actually, to be precise there's NO good reason not to WANT to live there.  Affording it is another thing altogether.


great guitar. reminds me of some of failure's tunes.
Sounds like Guster.
 fredriley wrote:
"But though it breaks you heart, you have to sell a fart" - wtf? Nurse! My ear trumpet, if you please! :o)

Mondegreens aside, this is a nice song. 6 from the Nottingham jury, initially.
 



I believe a farm is being sold here, but I love the comment anyway
"But though it breaks you heart, you have to sell a fart" - wtf? Nurse! My ear trumpet, if you please! :o)

Mondegreens aside, this is a nice song. 6 from the Nottingham jury, initially.
 AlienRelic wrote:
"California, where it's warm."? I've been there five times, and I LOVE it, but I have damned near frozen my buns off several times...
Interesting geographical tidbit: the southernmost beach in California is 500 miles north of the northernmost beach in Florida. Add another 300 miles south, and it's nice all winter here under the coconut trees.

Part of the reason I moved from Santa Barbara, CA to the left bank of the Caloosahatchee.


8
 mfdaly wrote:
Bob, you totally squashed my mojo following Librarian with this.


Bob...  ? 


 holborne wrote:
What a gorgeous song, with some stunning cord progressions. I'm going to download this one when I get home.
 
Agreed, it's tremendous!
 JoBo wrote:

Where did you get that they are 'mormons'? 

joshfm wrote:
I like these guys. Even though they're mormons.
 
 
From Wikipedia:

Sparhawk and Parker are married, have two children, and are practicing members of the Mormon faith.



Where did you get that they are 'mormons'? 

joshfm wrote:
I like these guys. Even though they're mormons.
 


I like these guys. Even though they're mormons.
Bob, you totally squashed my mojo following Librarian with this.
Yeah its WARM alright. From constant wild fires.  "California, where its burning", more like it.

This makes me want to move back to CA, especially when it's snowing and sleeting outside...
 MrJames wrote:


I agree totally. Good song, but I can't stand the recording..sounds like it distorts in some spots
 
This recording—which must have been encoded at some miserable bit rate—ruins a pretty good song. 

 rm999 wrote:
Is it just me, or did they purposefully add some static to the song? If so, ugh
 

I agree totally. Good song, but I can't stand the recording..sounds like it distorts in some spots
What a gorgeous song, with some stunning cord progressions. I'm going to download this one when I get home.
Tasty hooks!
We make up for in the fall when we have beutiful days like today! I love the indian summers that we get in the City.

 alisavox wrote:
"The coldest winter you'll ever experience is a summer in San Francisco"
 


I love this song...Thanks Bill for turning me on to Low!
Sounds similar to a Big Head Todd & Monsters tune I can't put my finger on...
Another song bout Cali???? Cmon artists!
Finn_Ninja wrote:
If you lived in Duluth you'd appreciate even the coldest California night. Love it up there, though.
"The coldest winter you'll ever experience is a summer in San Francisco"
"California, where it's warm."? I've been there five times, and I LOVE it, but I have damned near frozen my buns off several times. Once was about as cold as I've ever been in my life. And this was on the beach between L.A and San Diego.....
If you lived in Duluth you'd appreciate even the coldest California night. Love it up there, though.
Sounds like Barenaked Ladies
This gets a low rating
teapot wrote:
Love this song. Is this the start of a California theme? If so, how about California (All the Way) by Luna?
"California" by the Beach Boys sums it up the best... "Where the Monarchs autumn journey ends on a wind- sweep Cyprus tree..."
7 :arrow: 8
Love this song. Is this the start of a California theme? If so, how about California (All the Way) by Luna?
sonofpick wrote:
For all of you not here. Well, sorry.
I'm quite happy in Chicago with my beautiful lake and cool breeze (okay, frigid breeze, but it reminds you you're alive)!
For all of you not here. Well, sorry.
Is it just me, or did they purposefully add some static to the song? If so, ugh
AlienRelic wrote:
"California, where it's warm."? I've been there five times, and I LOVE it, but I have damned near frozen my buns off several times. Once was about as cold as I've ever been in my life. And this was on the beach between L.A and San Diego.....
Tread softly stranger, for you tread on my dreams.
"California, where it's warm."? I've been there five times, and I LOVE it, but I have damned near frozen my buns off several times. Once was about as cold as I've ever been in my life. And this was on the beach between L.A and San Diego.....
Every time I hear this song, it makes me want to move to CA
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
This is one of about three power pop songs that creeped under the Radio Paradise Power Pop Protection Fence. Let's enjoy it while we can. :lol:
:lol: great song...
Don't see the point of that Alpine wrote:
I bought this CD. It's good. Haven't played it in awhile. Maybe I'll dig it out again.
I bought this CD. It's good. Haven't played it in awhile. Maybe I'll dig it out again.
Lotus_Miata wrote:
The guitar is kinda Byrds-like at times.
The term is...BYRDSY!
The guitar is kinda Byrds-like at times.
Yawn. . . next. . .
99 wrote:
Power pop at its finest. I would swear that the song was written in the early 1990s if I didn't know better.
This is one of about three power pop songs that creep under the Radio Paradise Power Pop Protection Fence. Let's enjoy it while we can. :lol:
keemun wrote:
yay, excellent pop-indie tune.
this song rocks. Nice one - one of those songs that has the power to get stuck in your head...in a good way :yes:
That's funny--my husband plays some Low and I hate it. But this I like. Go figure.
Power pop at its finest. I would swear that the song was written in the early 1990s if I didn't know better.
i like it! another find for my never ending list of music. :cool:
yay, excellent pop-indie tune.
Zamoeba wrote:
My ears are playing tricks on me, or the singers are from Ida?
No they are not the singers of Ida. It is funny b/c both low and ida have similar song styles and dynamics (male / female vox). I definitely prefer Low over Ida any day, but I really love "If I could live in hope", "trust", and "things lost in the fire". I guess those albums are probably too mellow for RP, but I love them.
My ears are playing tricks on me, or the singers are from Ida?
These guys will be on campus (!) in Ames, IA in April...cool venue, 100-150 people...I'll be there! /warm CA not fair, too cold here in IA!
Bills playin my tune again!
artmarcia wrote:
This song was on one of the Paste Magazine samplers, wasn't it?
that's where i knew it from. thanks!
crunchy guitar
Loves it
I bought this album because of this song (and RP introduced me to it!). There are some great treasures on here. I saw them live before this album and didn't like them at all. This album, they learned how to rock.
Leslie wrote:
This song is really lame. Sounds like they bought the farm.
Not at all, they just lease it from time to time. :lol: Actually I like this quite a bit.
:clap: I like it
Please play Silver Rider, Pissing, Broadway or Everybody's Song from this CD Thanks 8)
Now that I'm listening to it again, it sounds like a heavier Simon & Garfunkel. No, I'm not talking about their weight.
This song was on one of the Paste Magazine samplers, wasn't it?
This song is really lame. Sounds like they bought the farm.
JoJopugs wrote:
Is it me or is this song about the "Empty Nest" syndrom. This really sounds like "Big Head Todd"
Or a male version of Wilson-Phillips
I am hearing this way too often on RP. Not that good.
Is it me or is this song about the "Empty Nest" syndrom. This really sounds like "Big Head Todd"
jagdriver wrote:
Wrote it down. Reminiscent of something else I can't remember, but nice distortion on the geee-TAR.
Sounds like something the Barenaked Ladies would do.
These guys sound like 1970 to me. I likey.
So Duluth MN has someone other that Bob Zimmerman to shout about .. Great Destroyer is a brilliant record, especially Silver Rider, Broadway and Pissing
Wrote it down. Reminiscent of something else I can't remember, but nice distortion on the geee-TAR.
Ugh.
mrmojorisin wrote:
What's up with all the distortion?
Must be another press release from the Bush White House. :roflol:
What's up with all the distortion?
Another great song about a really great state! now if B&R would accept "California" by The Beach Boys. "...water, water, get yourself in the cool, clear water..."
darthblav wrote:
an impressive Low album!
is it a pun? :)
Great Song from an impressive Low album!