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California Dreaming
California Dreaming
Length: 3:54
Released: July 24, 2017
Writers: Charlie Scene, Danny,
Funny Man, J-Dog,
Johnny 3 Tears
Album: V
Last single: Disease
Next single: Whatever It Takes
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California Dreaming is the lead single from the band's fifth studio album, V. It was released on July 24th, 2017.

Background

J-Dog spoke to Scene for Dummies about the song: “It dissects both sides of California. You've got the glitz, glamor, sun, and surf. Then, you've got the super fucked side of people not being able to afford rent, celebrities being assholes, and that fake facade. We wanted to do a heavy song with a Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque chorus. It’s an old school vibe explored in a new way.”

Music video

The music video of the song was released on July 24, 2017, and was directed by Brian Cox.

Official Lyrics

Funny Man and J-Dog: Like a sink hole, like a sink hole
J-Dog: Stars are born then fucking ate up in a day slow
Funny Man and J-Dog: What does it show, what does it show?
J-Dog: C-c-cut off all the tethers to your lost soul
Think about a time, on a dotted line
Funny Man: Venice Beach, cut throats on the shoreline
J-Dog: It ain't a fucking crime, I'm taking back what's mine
Funny Man: Los Angeles, we on the front line
J-Dog: Click-click-boom, let 'em fall
Funny Man: Lining 'em up with the semi-matic auto
J-Dog: Hear the call, hear the call
Funny Man: Hop in the whip to demonstrate that I'm out though
When I do it like this
With a wiffle ball bat
Surf's up, bitches, and it's like that
Hollywood coming to attack

Danny: I'm no shooting star, just a burning heart
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
Running through the dark, broken boulevards
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
In California we're dreaming

Johnny 3 Tears: Armageddon now, Armageddon now
Coked out skeletons come back down
Break 'em down, gotta break 'em down
Broke down Ford lights sing so loud
The greatest story ever told, the greatest five ever known
Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears: Dead men walking, audition for the big show
It's biblical, it's also cynical
Johnny 3 Tears: In the land of make believe, the situation's critical
Sink into the ocean like some martyrs at our pinnacle
Yeah, it's just a vision but the waves are fucking literal
Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears: As above, so below
Johnny 3 Tears: You wanna go to heaven but you sold your soul
Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears: Dying young, I'm growing cold
Johnny 3 Tears: Cut yourself apart so you don't grow old
Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears: We're living in denial but we're doing it in style
Johnny 3 Tears: Out here in California, it's a trial by fire

Danny: I'm no shooting star, just a burning heart
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
Running through the dark, broken boulevards
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
In California we're dreaming

Charlie Scene and Danny: Tension hidden in the question
Underneath the dreams I hold
I can see rejection in my own reflection
I can feel my dreams grow cold
Danny: (Dreams grow cold!)
(Oh!)

I'm no shooting star, just a burning heart
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
Running through the dark, broken boulevards
We never sleep, in California we're dreaming
In California we're dreaming

In California...
(In California we're dreaming)
In California we're dreaming
(In California we're dreaming)
In California...

Background vocals

  • The children's choir sings "In California, we're dreaming" behind Danny every time he says it. It also sings the entire last chorus behind Danny.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead

Trivia

  • Johnny's daughter, Ava; Danny's daughter, Scarlett; and Charlie's brother, Jake can be seen in the music video.
  • Shady Fizz can also be seen in the video.

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