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California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas – Ukulele Chords

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California Dreamin' Ukulele Chords - The Mamas & The Papas

California Dreamin’ Ukulele Chords – The Mamas & The Papas. The chords used for this song are Amin, Amin7, F, G, Esus4, E7, C, and Fmaj7. Change the key of the song for FREE, as needed.

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California Dreamin’ Ukulele Chords – The Mamas & The Papas

VERSE 1:
All the leaves are Aminbrown (all the Amin7leaves are Fbrown)And the Gsky is Esus4gray (and the sky is E7gray)FI‘ve been for a Cwalk (I’ve been E7for a Aminwalk)On a Fwinter’s Esus4day (on a winter’s E7day)I’d be safe and Aminwarm (Amin7I‘d be safe Fand warm)If I Gwas in L.Esus4A. (if I was in L.E7A.)
CHORUS 1:
California Amindreamin’ (CalifAmin7ornia   Fdreamin’)On Gsuch a winter’s Esus4day         E7 
VERSE 2:
Stopped into a Aminchurch   Amin7                  F I passed Galong the Esus4way                 E7  Well, I Fgot down Gon my Cknees (got down E7on my Aminknees)And I preFtend to Esus4pray (I pretend to E7pray)You know the preacher like the Amincold (preacher Amin7like the Fcold)He knows I’m Ggonna Esus4stay (knows I’m gonna E7stay)
CHORUS 2:
California Amindreamin’ (CalifAmin7ornia   Fdreamin’)On Gsuch a winter’s Esus4day         E7 
VERSE 3:
All the leaves are Aminbrown (all the Amin7leaves are Fbrown)And the Gsky is Esus4gray (and the sky is E7gray)FI‘ve been for a Cwalk (I’ve been E7for a Aminwalk)On a Fwinter’s Esus4day (on a winter’s E7day)If I didn’t Amintell her (if I Amin7didn’t tell Fher)I could Gleave Esus4today (I could leave toE7day)
CHORUS 3:
California Amindreamin’ (CalifAmin7ornia   Fdreamin’)On Gsuch a winter’s Esus4day         E7 
California Amindreamin’ (CalifAmin7ornia   Fdreamin’)On Gsuch a winter’s Fmaj7day                       Amin           
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California Dreamin’ History

“California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas is an iconic song that epitomizes the sound and spirit of the 1960s counterculture. Released in 1965, this track became one of the signature songs of the folk-rock movement, capturing the longing for warmth and escape during a cold winter. Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips, the song’s lyrics reflect their longing for the warm California sun during a particularly cold winter in New York City.

The arrangement of “California Dreamin'” is notable for its lush harmonies and the use of a flute solo, both of which became defining features of the song. The harmonies, performed by the group’s four members, are rich and warm, conveying a sense of yearning and melancholy that is both personal and relatable. The song starts with a simple guitar riff, which is soon joined by the iconic flute melody, adding an ethereal quality that complements the song’s dreamy lyrics.

“California Dreamin'” quickly rose to fame, reaching the top of the charts and becoming a defining anthem of the era. It encapsulated the feelings of a generation looking for change and a break from the conventional, often serving as a soundtrack to the growing counterculture movement. The song’s genre can be classified as folk rock, but it also incorporates elements of pop, which helped it achieve widespread appeal and substantial radio play.

The song’s impact extended beyond its initial release, as it has been covered by numerous artists across various genres and featured in countless movies and television shows, cementing its place in popular culture. “California Dreamin'” is celebrated not only for its musical beauty and lyrical poignancy but also as a cultural artifact that captures a pivotal moment in American history, reflecting the optimism and creative spirit of the 1960s. The Mamas & The Papas’ performance of this song remains a timeless expression of longing and the universal search for paradise, making “California Dreamin'” an enduring classic in the world of music.

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