Oh California

by Douglas Miles Clarke

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released December 22, 2015

Recorded at
Harter Studios, San Antonio TX, engineer Jon Harter
primary recording for Track 6, drums for Track 4
kdB Studios, Dallas TX, engineer John Dufilho
primary recording for Tracks 1,2, 5, 11
Home recorded, San Antonio TX, DMC
primary recording 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, overdubs all tracks
Home recorded, Austin TX, Lucas Harrison Oswald
overdubs all tracks

Special thanks to Mike Chapa

All words & music written by Douglas Miles Clarke

Art by Stephanie Macias/LittleBraveMusic.com

Mixed by Lucas Harrison Oswald
Mastered by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering, Ventura Beach, CA
Produced by Douglas Miles Clarke

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Track Name: Paradise
It's a beautiful world it's a beautiful day
It’s lemon sky and orange waves
paradise
It's a sound in my head like the look in your eyes
A break in the clouds and I realize
it’s paradise

And I pushed myself into the tide
and I found the world inside
and now, as the world grows softer
With your hand in mine
It’s like paradise

There’s no mystery at all to the pull of the moon
You just let go, it comes to you
It’s paradise
And all that I want is to open my eyes
See you smile and I realize
Yeah paradise

And I pushed myself into the tide
And I found the wave inside
And now as the world gets smaller
your hand in mine
it’s like paradise

And maybe I'm dreaming
dreaming louder and louder
Over and over, over and over

Maybe I’m dreaming
Of letting go of everything
that holds me back from you
that holds me back from you
that holds me back from you
and paradise
Track Name: Scene of the Crime
When you're on the town
when you’re on the telephone
You’re pushing all the buttons
punching for the dialtone
And even when you go outside
Something’s got you hypnotized
‘cause the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime

I been trying to reach you
thought you might be screening my calls
How could I have known
You’re only talking to the walls
A million things to say to you
but we never seem to find the time
‘cause the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime
Yeah, the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime

and maybe it’s a fork in the road
It’s hard making up your mind
You need some time to reload
And we all need some time to hide, to hide

‘cause the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime
yeah the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime
yeah the only time I see you
is at the scene of the crime
Track Name: Sunset & Vine
Sunset & Vine
plays a matinee of sad decline
a mango tango™ crayon sky
lights the empty bus stop bench
and the Hollywood sign
anchors the end of things
no spoken lines
no horns or strings to play you out
there's just the sound of passing cars

Tequila & Lime
wash the gutters to the five and dime
all the parties in the world
couldn’t pave these streets with gold
and history laughs at the photographs
grainy shots of home
cue the scene
the derelict hotel
built of celluloid and stone

and I'm caught in the bright lights
dreaming of love and true romance
there on the screen
my technicolour scene
in all its lovely decadence

Madness & lies
Speak to me through thinning walls
I'm staring at my bloodshot eyes
While my better angels fall
So what I am is somewhere in between
real life and the silver screen
maybe I'm just what I dream
down at Sunset & Vine, Sunset & Vine
Track Name: The Devil's Whisper
She’s French lines and saturnine stare
She’s cautious thoughts caught unaware
And cameos pine for the face that she wears
She just can't see through her tears

She's pinned up like Carnaby Street
Where hopeless is often mistaken for sweet
It’s hang-up to breakdown
Silly smile and funny frown
Things with her are never for keeps

I just can't see it
‘Cause I never know what's with her
There's a devil's whisper
to always stand in the way
Track Name: Ms Jones
So why is love empirical, Ms Jones
and not on a menu downtown
or carved in stone
Do I die just a little hearing your name
probably so, Ms Jones

Well, my heart’s in the rightest place, Ms Jones
Somewhere in outer space
waiting on the softest landing
Do I feel your gravity pulling me in
probably so, Ms Jones

Somewhere in this moment we know
there's no wishing about it
I just live without it
and maybe you know, Ms Jones

And I’m counting the minutes between
When impossible always seems so
probably so, Ms Jones

Somewhere in this moment we know
there's no wishing about it
I just live without it
I love you so, Ms Jones
I love you so, Ms Jones
Your love is so
Track Name: Wheels
Wheels, wheels upon wheels, turn the world
Life is watching you dance, spin and turn
If not for gravity, I'd watch you fly away,
but the wheels, the wheels upon wheels
on a sunny day

Time blows like the wind and never thinks twice
It’s one step at a time, it’s a throw of the dice
Sleep for an instant, awake for a second, then gone
‘Cause the wheels, the wheels upon wheels, just keep rolling on

And I want wings for my dreams
yeah I want happier things
So much magic to taste
we can float into space
If we believe in it all
then maybe we won't fall down

Wheels, wheels upon wheels, light the sun
So shine, shine all you can on everyone
If not for gravity, we would all fly away
But the wheels, the wheels upon wheels,
on a sunny day
But the wheels, the wheels upon wheels,
on a sunny day
Track Name: Prodigal/WrldNvrWs
So hang on to your grim reluctance
And push away the big seduction, boy
You're riding on the steam of youth
but soon you'll face the bitter truth of it
You're thinking that you have the choice to
give up on the deal they’re offering you
But time and place is the only space
they're offering you

Hang on with your death defiance
And push away the big compliance, boy
You're dancing on the graves of fools
and thinking you don't live by rules, boy
You'll make a better deal on your feet
than on your knees
If you wait until your string is run
You’ll be knuckled under, son

When you were young
we took a photograph
Filled your mind up
with a world that's gone
a world that really never was

We didn't lie
we thought the world would really be that way
but it never was
and it isn't now, it isn't now

so open up your eyes
live the times you live in
live the times you're part of
you can’t stop it
we can’t hold you back

yeah open up your eyes
live the times you live in
live the times you're part of
you can’t keep the world away
in a way it never was, it never was, it never was
it’s a world that never was
Track Name: There's a Fog Upon LA
Light shows me its secrets
instincts push it back
there’s sunshine by the nickel
and high beams bound in black

I’m cocooned in the dugout
in and out of dark
the light shines, shiny in our faces
smiley like the park

Gilliam’s on the dollar menu
turns the words back into pictures
senses and fences all discontinue
street and feet and minds a’stumble

blue red yellow purple orange
colours paint what lines discourage
mind creaks like rusty door hinge
crawling newborn from the wreckage
Track Name: Buddah & the Copy Shop
Buddha's on my morning walk
He runs the local copy shop
He never asks what people want
He asks them what they've been

And he says at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
He says at the very end it all rewinds and starts again

I have a friend with feet of fish
He never has to reminisce
about the time he used to swim
back when it all began

And he says at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
He says at the very end it all rewinds and starts again

Maybe life's not even real
It’s just the turning of a wheel
and by the time I reach the end
I won't have to understand

‘Cause I say at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
I say at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
And I say at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
And I say at the very end it all rewinds and starts again
Track Name: Into the Sun
-I-
Out on the Trestles, bathed in September
The last waves remember her place in the sun
She liked to stand and silhouette the high cliffs
The birds from the shore lift and then fly away, they go
into the sun, into the sun, into the sun, oh

Breaks always linger ahead of the weather
The swells in September still race down the shore
She always danced out on the water
As light as a feather, as soft as the birds that fly
into the sun, into the sun, into the sun, oh

And oh, you can see her, soft in the sunlight, oh
And oh, you can see her, soft in the sunlight, oh
And oh, you can see her, so soft in the sunlight, oh

-II-
One more time with me
One more time 'round the sun
One more time with me
One more time 'round the sun

Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
So glad you came around
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

-III-
She's Saturday’s girl in the sun
She's tilt-a-whirl and loop-the-loop in one
She's so high, she's so high
She's Saturday’s girl and Saturday’s mine

I can’t see her, I can’t catch her eye
She’s far away from me and I still see her fly
She's so high, she's so high,
Yeah, she's Saturday’s girl
and Saturday’s mine,
Saturday’s mine,
Saturday's mine
Track Name: California Numbers
California numbers are filling up a matchbook
And everyone's here by nine
I'm crisper than a wafer
It’s easy for a baker being moonlit half the time

And talking to a streetlight won't make me any brighter
Confessing secrets won't make me any lighter
and all of my favourite fools are coming down

And I wish I had a morning to swallow all my sorrows
I'd bake my tomorrows bright
I'd ask the girls to sand dance
though a lack of evidence
says they don't last the night

Sometimes they surprise me soft-shoeing lightly
I’d die in their arms and I'd only mind it slightly
and all of my favourite fools are coming down

So dance while you can
with the shadow of a man
I've stood all I can stand
until the sun lights me up once again
until the sun lights me up once again
until the sun lights me up once again