Gone to California

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I’ve gone to California
To the last inch of land
Someday you’ll understand, son
when you grow to be a man

You can run forever if the end is in sight
And the best way to love is blind
Water can drown you or keep you alive
but the devil's gonna get you every time

I was married by twenty to the first girl I laid
and I never planned on a son
There was no where to work and no way to get paid
and there’s more pretty girls than one

Some nights when I lay me down to sleep
I can smell her body next to me
And the river will carry me down to the sea
and someday my conscience will be free
someday my conscience will be free

Someday when you’re older and you read this letter
when you’re old enough to decide if you agree
Was it better to leave behind two people to suffer
or to stay by their side and make it three?


from Most Distant Star, released October 4, 2014
Words and music by Jon Patton




Midway Fair Baltimore, Maryland

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