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Luna — California (All the Way)
Album: Bewitched
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Released: 1994
Length: 4:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
well, she followed him from phoenix out to california
and then she passed out on the bed
and all the little things he never even asked her for
she simply smiled and shook her head

why can't we smile just like we used to
why don't you figure anymore
why has my sympathy now turned to malice
it doesn't matter any more

and now i realize i'm livin' like a trucker does
although i haven't got the belly
and though she followed me to california all the way
i only wanna watch the telly

why can't we smile just like we used to
why don't you figure anymore
why has my sympathy now turned to malice
it doesn't matter any more

he asked her please stop quotin' rod mc kuen in your post cards
can't understand it anymore
and if your gonna read your poetry aloud to me
i'll have to show you to the door

why can't we smile just like we used to
why don't you figure anymore
why has my sympathy now turned to malice
it doesn't matter any more
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yeah!!!!  : )
Why, indeed, "can't we smile like we used to?" Good answer. We're divorced now. You're still in CA. I'm back home in GA. You introduced me to Luna, who I really, really loved. We saw them lots, live. With Mercury Rev, the first time... hmmm.  sorry y'all. tmi, I know. 
Bill, MORE LUNA Please! Amazing talent. Maybe even a little Galaxie 500 on Sunday mornings, eh?
More Luna please.
That guitar noodling at the end was painful. Unless this is a middle school band, then great job.
Gotta love the Rod McKuen poetry line! My parents, their friends and neighbors went through that weird phase in the early '70s. Funny!
What makes Luna tick is cool.
We loves Luna. Righteous guitar work.

Any Galaxy 500, Bill? 
ok, but again?
Come on, admit it, you kinda like it doncha?
Like a potato chip; no nutritional value but you like it anyway; light, fluffy and tasty.
Do you come from the land down under? No?

Well, the first line of the song is my story.

Except the roles were reversed.

Everything after that, not so much.

I married that girl.


 paradisepig wrote:
Is it just me or is the chorus about to go into Elvis's "Wise men say" {#Eek}

 
you are correct sir
Sorry, blech.  {#Sick}
Love that "Tremolo abusing/overusing " solo at the end,...
Luna Bella.
 TerryS wrote:
Just had an email from Sears in Brea, California, thanking me for  visiting them. Never been there, but they may know something I don't.

I feel a road trip coming on. 
 
No kidding:  Find out if "you" have recently opened a Sears credit account, and check your other charge card billings.
Just had an email from Sears in Brea, California, thanking me for  visiting them. Never been there, but they may know something I don't.
 I feel a road trip coming on. 
Is it just me or is the chorus about to go into Elvis's "Wise men say" {#Eek}
 Proclivities wrote:

He's playing in key - and there is more than one "harmony" to any song.
 

Funny you should say that... he actually doesn't play in key the whole time.  It's about in the end of his second part... shortly before the part that he completely runs out of ideas and just starts making noise.  Sounds about like a 15 year old in a garage band.
A band that RP introduced me to - thank you!

The guitar playing in this, and other Luna songs, is delicious. 
Fun-ny lyrics  :)) Love the title, because LOVE California all the way.
Thanks for playing this, I miss Luna a bunch.
Ahh California...it's calling my name.
200th comment!  

This is the only place I ever hear Luna anymore.  Fanks bunches B&R. 
 Jared wrote:

I'm glad someone else caught this too.
 
My sentiments exactly.
{#Daisy}  this song always brings a smile to my face and a happy calm to my heart
 Jared wrote:

I'm glad someone else caught this too.
 


Haha! But singing it is okay, right?
 Nerubo wrote:
"And if you're gonna read your poetry aloud to me
I'm gonna have to show you to the door."

OK, that is a pretty funny lyric to me. Poetry reading as a hostile act, gotta love it.

 
 
I'm glad someone else caught this too.
 hippiechick wrote:
I want to live in California, sigh
 
You and me both Deni.....every time I hear this I sigh...it sings my life all right!!
 WayUpNorth wrote:
Judging by the comments, this song must be like an alarm clock for trolls!  {#Roflol}
 
LOL - you're right! The song's not that bad. {#Good-vibes}
I want to live in California, sigh
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Luna NYC 050228 - Britta by birzer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birzer/

Britta Phillips (The Belltower, Luna, Dean & Britta)

Luna's last show (or maybe second to last) at the Bowery Ballroom NYC

This photo was taken on February 27, 2005 using a Canon EOS 20D.

Copyright All rights reserved

 

Well, she is ridiculously beautiful.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this song these guys. They weren't lovin all the idiots yelling out velvet tune suggestions when they played in San Diego though.
Didn't dean play in galaxy 500 too ? Genius. Thx bill

Luna NYC 050228 - Britta by birzer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birzer/

Britta Phillips (The Belltower, Luna, Dean & Britta)

Luna's last show (or maybe second to last) at the Bowery Ballroom NYC

This photo was taken on February 27, 2005 using a Canon EOS 20D.

Copyright All rights reserved

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Britta Phillips (born June 11, 1963, Boyne City, Michigan) is an American musician, songwriter, actress and voice actor, 49 years old now, guitar, bass guitar.

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(Edited: 16/07/2012)




Sort of elevatorish music but very pleasant listening.  Meg White on drums I think...

 nfojunky wrote:
The lyrical equivalent of Vogon poetry. Complete drek. Quite possibly against the Geneva Convention.
 
Arf! {#Roflol}
I like this song, but man, I hate that dude's guitar playing.

ETA: Aaaaaaarghhhhhh! That guitar solo! I want to rip the cable out of his amp!


 Proclivities wrote:

He's playing in key - and there is more than one "harmony" to any song.

 

Love it! And besides he wrote it - so there.

is john mayall's california next ?
I could have sworn this was late '60s cool pop.  Like it a bunch!
this song makes me feel like snacking on cashews and imperial beer
which i am doing now

 gratefulgator wrote:
Reminds me of Phish... but not really the Phish I like (old stuff).  I'm kind of indifferent to this right now.
 
i hear ya!

this song makes me want to dance when i'm making dinner like i am now  :)
I absolutely love Luna. But this is not one of their best songs. Give me anything from Penthouse. "23 Minutes in Brussels" or "Moon Palace"...

Cute only goes so far, and this is too far.


Judging by the comments, this song must be like an alarm clock for trolls!  {#Roflol}
And if your gonna read your poetry aloud to me...what a lyric.  One of my favorites from my favorite band.
please, somebody feed Dean Wareham's grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal!  Or at least stick a finger down his throat! 


{#Puke}

 
nfojunky wrote:
The lyrical equivalent of Vogon poetry. Complete drek. Quite possibly against the Geneva Convention.
 




Such a cool song.  

"Why has my sympathy now turned to malice
It doesn't matter anymore"


 

Reminds me of Phish... but not really the Phish I like (old stuff).  I'm kind of indifferent to this right now.
"And if you're gonna read your poetry aloud to me
I'm gonna have to show you to the door."

OK, that is a pretty funny lyric to me. Poetry reading as a hostile act, gotta love it.

 
 Hippostar wrote:
This is the worst guitar solo ever.  This guy completly misses the harmony of the song on every single phrase.
 
He's playing in key - and there is more than one "harmony" to any song.

For any Luna fans, I highly recommend reading Dean Wareham's book. "Black Postcards."
The lyrical equivalent of Vogon poetry. Complete drek. Quite possibly against the Geneva Convention.
I don't really hear too much Luna on RP.  Though if this one is played more than others, I would love to hear other songs from them.  I like everything from this band, especially songs where you can really hear the guitar.
 dbreece wrote:
{#No}

Even if I liked this song (and I really really don't), this song is overplayed.
 
What happened to 'the real people' at RP? Lots of computer lists playing these lame songs repeatedly.
I don't think even Zappa would have been down with that lead. {#Hand}
This is the worst guitar solo ever.  This guy completly misses the harmony of the song on every single phrase.
Hey, thanks for that flashback to some good times from the mid 90s.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

Good god yes. Between this and my Estates homework, I'm falling asleep here.
 
Well, what do you expect from a band called "Luna"? :-)

 fredriley wrote:
"Why can't we smile like we used to?" Maybe because you're singing such soporific narcolepsy-inducing songs, lad  {#Sleep}
 
Good god yes. Between this and my Estates homework, I'm falling asleep here.
Why oh Why wont this end... {#Sleep}
love it! 9
"Why can't we smile like we used to?" Maybe because you're singing such soporific narcolepsy-inducing songs, lad  {#Sleep}
 ThePoose wrote:

Paul Simonesque


 

{#Yes} Paul Simon-light

anyone else hearing "Beast of Burden" ? {#Wink}

{#No}

Even if I liked this song (and I really really don't), this song is overplayed.

Loooove these guys (and girl)!  I had the good fortune to see them at least 4 times.  Always delivered a strong show.  8.
Very good song.  I like the production and the guitar solo.  Everything doesn't have to be slick and polished to be good.  In fact, slick and polished rock and roll usually sucks (ie.: Journey, Boston, Styx, etc.).



Love this song.

Any time's the right time for some Luna!

rtree wrote:
I almost never say this, but - YUK!{#Tongue-out}

YUM!  Hearteyes
I almost never say this, but - YUK!{#Tongue-out}
{#Frustrated}
I don't know why I like this song so much...it's been a fav of mine for the last couple of years since I first heard it (here on RP) .  I know the tune is a little simplistic and all, plus it has that 90's thing about it...but some of the lyrics hit home and the guitar stuff at the end gets pretty rockin'. 
It's dull, but somehow I like it {#Stupid}
 e_b wrote:
This is the best song ever, period (please, no arguments).
 
{#Stupid}



You be the judge...

Ha!  Those are the "marsh sounds" in the background that Bill was just talking about.  Subtle stuff going on with RP....
Lovin' the cicadas! We'll call this Bill's Marsh Critters/Kinks/Luna mash-up! {#Dancingbanana_2}
I like this!

{#Nyah}
 sub-arctic wrote:
That's one annoying guitar solo!
 
Actually, it's one of many annoying guitar solos.  I slammed one of their other songs for the same reason.  I like their songs, but the solos are really amateurish.

This is the best song ever, period (please, no arguments).
I've always enjoyed hearing this band on the radio.

Haven't heard this one for ages. Always loved it.


"Land Down Under" recycled.


Play Bonnie & Clyde!
Luna!  YAY!!!!
 dprazuch wrote:
Greetings from San Juan, Puerto Rico!
Another great find thanks to RP. After I heard this song I downloaded their other albums and heard a woman singing on the albums prior to their greatest hits album. I am usually a bigger fan of women singer than men but really did not like her voice or the vibe. Anyone know the deal on that? Take care!
 
It's probably Britta Phillips who joined Luna for the last few records. They are "Dean and Britta" now..and I've just ordered one of the CDs for $1.49 plus shipping from half.com

Greetings from San Juan, Puerto Rico!
Another great find thanks to RP. After I heard this song I downloaded their other albums and heard a woman singing on the albums prior to their greatest hits album. I am usually a bigger fan of women singer than men but really did not like her voice or the vibe. Anyone know the deal on that? Take care!
 Excelsior wrote:
{#Yawn}
 

Just go back to sleep already
 stevendejong wrote:
A nice friendly song, but today RP seems on a constant supply of mediocre singers that sing really softly, which annoys me almost always. You know, singer, you could also pretend to be emotionally involved.
 

I always thought Dean's voice added a somewhat sardonic angle to the song that might get lost if he sang it with more oomph and gusto, but to each his own.
A nice friendly song, but today RP seems on a constant supply of mediocre singers that sing really softly, which annoys me almost always. You know, singer, you could also pretend to be emotionally involved.

Silly lyrics but it works.


{#Yawn}

Paul Simonesque


That's one annoying guitar solo!
The more I listen to this song the more I enjoy it. A real discovery. Thanks Bill!! 9
love Luna
I'm liking this song, maybe because I'm flying to California tomorrow morning! :dance:
Keeps moving up...now "11"
esotericderek wrote:
Traveling in a fried-out combie On a hippie trail, head full of zombie... Do you come from the land down under?
Yep. I still hear it.
I love the guitar at the end.
:bounce: :good-vibes:
Wow, it has been years since I have heard this. Thanks RP. Luna always brings a smile.
voice sounds like Jorma K to me
This is delicious morning music. Like French toast in my ears.
themotion wrote:
Nothing to see here ... Move along.
:lol: Well, I like it.
RationalB wrote:
Does anyone else hear the resemblance to James from the UK?
Not me James are tedious This is mellow
Does anyone else hear the resemblance to James from the UK?
Traveling in a fried-out combie On a hippie trail, head full of zombie... Do you come from the land down under?
cathenley wrote:
P.S. it streams fine on my laptop tonight....
IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! :wink:
ah, dear Luna, how I miss thee so!
cathenley wrote:
Another LP,oops I mean CD, that RP turned me on to... :good-vibes:
P.S. it streams fine on my laptop tonight....
Another LP,oops I mean CD, that RP turned me on to... :good-vibes:
Nothing to see here ... Move along.
K-BILLY wrote:
at 192k that noise is just as annoying!
Yes, but it's annoying at an increased bit rate!
Lets get some personal airtime with Bill on this one ;) Seriously though... track must have gotten corrupted or pulled from the wrong server... I've heard it before, too.... and it sounded fine. Oh well, no more bleeding from my ears.
Bill is pretty clever following up Arcade Fire's "Ocean of Noise" with a track consisting of noise in one channel. Or maybe it's just a happy (?) accident.
Here's another vote for the track being jacked. I thought something was wrong with the stream but the next song is fine. I'm listening to the 64k MP3 stream.