Twenty years this summer since I first headed west
Twenty years and I still can’t tell if it was all for the best
Twenty years of bouncing back and forth with no rest
Twenty years is long past time to put big dream to the test
See I went with cautious hope for a happily ever after
Didn’t see the left field curve ball that ended up a disaster
But I got my patterns juggled louder harder and faster
And now I’m coming back, not apprentice but master
California here I come
Right back where I started from
California blazing sun
Born but no more need to run!
Endless years of exile never finding my place
Endless years of laboring at someone else’s pace
Endless years on the hamster wheel in a stationary race
Endless years and the dreams are still there for me to chase
But I’m headed out there now to stake out what’s mine
And nobody will get in my way or stop me this time
I’m gonna burn down the barricades and cross all the lines
I’ve still got a few years left in my prime
California coming back
Put ambitions back on track
Out of the red, into the black!
A simple song’s the best song to say what I need
No more weekly 2x4s to make me bruise and bleed
No more following, it’s time for me to lead
From my self-imposed chains I’ve been freed
California, found my peace
Emancipation and release
California, last not least
Leave the small time all back east!
©2023 The Hesh Inc.
I actually wrote this in the summer of 2013, ten years since the summer I first headed west, but seeing as I am looking forward to a trip back to Los Angeles this month (August 2023), I tweaked it a little bit before posting it. I m not sure at this point whether or not I will end up moving back, especially considering how the socio-political-economic state of the state has been on a downward spiral during its last two gubernatorial administrations, but the sentiment is still there. I haven't written any music for this yet, but the obvious influence is "Dani California" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.