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Ghost Beach
California Dreaming2
Length: 3:54
Released: October 27, 2017
Writers: Danny, J-Dog
Producer: J-Dog
Album: V

Ghost Beach is a song from the band's fifth studio album, V.

Background

In an interview with Kerrang, J-Dog says that one day he woke up in a "sweaty haze" at 2 AM with the melody to this song in his head. He ran to his studio and began production on the song, and also wrote the chorus in the process. He then called the rest of the band over to come and check it out and asked Charlie Scene to sing the chorus for him. Charlie tried to sing it but he was too drunk to finish it and fell asleep before it was done.

The band has stated the song is an ode to the old Los Angeles they grew up in, and also an ode to their childhood in general.

Lyrics

Danny: In an L`s apartment, down in bell gardens
I was born on a sunny day when the riots ruled the streets like a Sunday parade
Everyone is cruising, gang signs, we’re moving
You know how we're doing, white lines, abusing
On the boulevard, we never go too far
Nothing really matters when you're walking on stars
Last call at the Rainbow Bar
Mistress Los Angeles stole my heart
You can sell yourself if you've got no soul
Nowadays auditions to the devil are sold
From the Boardwalk, I see the ghosts on the beach
Memories of my city keep haunting me

Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?
Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?

No range of sunshine, all the broken tail lights
Earthquakes on silver lakes, false dreams, yeah, I can hear the heartbreak
Malibu, we cruising, the cops come, we lose 'em
You know how we do it and this life I'm using
We out here in East LA
'Bout to start a little shit down on PCH
Whatever happened to my favorite place?
Running red lights, never touched the brakes
I used to have my own map to the stars
Wouldn't you know, the stars were open scars
I wouldn't have it any other way
And I don't give a fuck come Judgment Day

Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?
Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?

(Ooh...)
Tell my mother, my brothers, my father, and others
I'll be gone till November with LA, my lover
(Ooh...)
Tell my mother, my brothers, my father, and others
I'll be gone till November with Los Angeles, my lover
Hold your sons, your daughters, the sand, the water
We are California, like no other

Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?
Where's LA? Where's LA? Where's LA?
Whatever happened to the city we knew?

Background vocals

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing
  • Rhys May - mixing assistant

Trivia

  • This is Danny’s favorite song from the album.
  • According to J-Dog, he originally wanted Charlie Scene to sing the chorus on this song.
  • This is the second song where there is only one prominent vocalist throughout the entire track. The first was This Love, This Hate from Swan Songs.
    • Although, the latter featured only one vocalist exclusively, while this song has Charlie Scene applying background vocals for Danny.
  • Danny makes references to many popular places around the Los Angeles area: