California Dreamin

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

California Dreamin

A four-part arrangement of the popular original hit by the Mama’s and the Papa’s.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by the Mama’s and the Papa’s. Arranged for 4-part chorus by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Recording

Available upon request. Email lisa@thebirdsings.com.

Lyrics

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winters day
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winters day

Stepped into a church I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray
You know the preacher likes the cold
he knows I’m gonna stay
California dreaming on such a winters day

All the leaves a brown and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winters day
If I didn’t tell her I could leave today
California dreaming on such a winters day
On such a winters day, on such a winters day

 

Teaching Notes

This song is a joy to sing and easy to teach in some ways, because of its familiarity with most people. Learning the details of the dense harmonies in the four-part arrangement can take some time. Best performed with drums and instrumental. Wholehearted Chorus performed this with two guitars, bass and a flute solo.

Song is in the original key of C#.

7

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

 

Tags:
, ,
5 Comments
  • Arana Kalwaic
    Posted at 22:05h, 29 November Reply

    Hi Lisa, I would love to have a recording of California Dreamin’

  • Arana Kalwaic
    Posted at 21:16h, 15 June Reply

    Hi Lisa, If you can share your parts/recording of California Dreamin”
    I would love to have it for my Ubuntu Choir. Blessings, Arana Kalwaic

  • Jolene
    Posted at 12:06h, 20 September Reply

    Hi Lisa, would you please send me a recording of California Dreamin’?

  • Arana Kalwaic
    Posted at 21:25h, 30 July Reply

    Hi Lisa, There is no recording of California Dreaming on your site. Could you send it to us somehow? Arana Kalwaic, abqchoirmagic@gmail.com, ubuntuchoirs.net

    • Lisa G.
      Lisa G.
      Posted at 23:32h, 13 August Reply

      Hello Arana! I’m sorry about that but it will be another month or two before I have those available. I had recorded my arrangement over the original published recording which isn’t allowed to be posted by Soundcloud. I’m going to re-do the recordings in the coming weeks and will post it here when I do!

Post A Comment