by Turtle Jones
This is something I had to do. It was tugging at me. Something that had been churning inside me like a shot of vodka on an empty stomach. It had to come out. Most of you readers know by now how many places I have lived but there was always one thing that they all had in common. If I was driving back or flying back, the second I crossed its border, I knew I was home.
I love it and always have. This is my home. This will always be my home. Soon I will be a New Yorker, but I really won't be. I will never be. Michele understands that. Her family knows that. I will just be a Californian living in New York. No matter how much she tells me it will be like California, it won't be. It will never be. This is where it all comes together. Everyone comes together. We have earthquakes and forest fires and riots and all the other shit most places have.
But here we have Disneyland. You can't fuck with that.
So this a short post asking you to think of the song that best represents your state. Which ones made you ask yourself why didn't you write this song? I have an advantage cause I have lived everywhere around this place. But what song does your state have? Who sang a song that so perfectly described your state that you think about it every time you get on an airplane?
All I can do is give a short send off to my state. The one that brought me up and kicked me down and kept asking me if I wanted more. California.
Thank you California for being my best friend and most hated enemy at the same time.
This is the song I have.
Vandals - Rico
I live in the land of the freeways
Hollywood, downtown, the valley
People come from all over
The desert , the snow
That's for me
If you live in California, you know what this song is about. An hour away from the bottom of the earth and an hour away from the snow. An hour away from an ocean and an hour away from a ghetto. Ten minutes late for the subway and two hours fast for the bus. We have it all. I had it all.
See dudes. This place is for me.
But, I am giving it all up for my best friend.
But, I'll be back one day.
And I'll have a cool girl by my side.
California is not gonna lose me that fast.
So what songs best describe your state or hometown?
Vandals - Rico
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