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King Of California
Dave Alvin Lyrics


Well, I left my home and my one true love
East of the Ohio River
My father said we'd never wed
For I had me no gold nor silver

But my darling dear, please shed no tears
But I think that it's fair to warn you
That I return to claim your hand
As the King of California

Over deserts hot and mountains cold
I traveled the Indian country
Whispering your name under lonesome skies
Remembering my only company

But my darling dear, please have no fear
For I think that it's fair to warn you
That I return to claim your hand
As the King of California

I went up from Sacramento town
To the Sierra gold fields
And I worked my stake on a riverbank?
Dreaming just how a rich man feels

Now my darling dear, listen here
For I think that it's fair to warn you
That I return to claim your hand
As the King of California

Now the dead man's lying at my feet
Who tried to steal my earnings
Yet I still recall your tender kiss
Though this bullet in my chest is burning

But my darling dear, please have no fear
For I think that it's fair to warn you
That I return to claim your hand
As the King of California

That I return to claim your hand
As the King of California

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Written by: DAVE ALVIN

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Comments from YouTube:

Chris Atchley

This song is amazing and I'm sad that it doesn't have more views. This is one of those songs that moves me to tears and that's a short list.

Jim and Dawn Cutler

This just came up in my Spotify. I'm now listening to more Dave. I'm a new fan.

Mark Dess

Just a great song … Dave has a unique and wonderful voice and is a terrific musician

Anthony Puccio

Heard this for the first time the other day and it's already one of my favorites. The guitar playing is nuts love the music. Better late than never I guess. Thanks Dave.

Pamela Yarbrough

Best song I've heard in years. Love it!!! Gotta have it.

Barbie B. Carl Nitsche

A song that I can listen to again and again with pleasure , great pleasure .
Many thanks from heart to you dear Dave Alvin .

Anthony Spinelli jr

I used to have a promo copy of that song, back in the 1990s. It definitely is one of my favorite tracks of the 90s.

Jeffrey Day

And amazing writer and performer (and I think that's genius Greg Leisz on mandolin)

Mike O

I think you're right. Recognized him from his recent lap steel playing on Barricades of Heaven (with Jackson Browne). If you've not seen it, search. Genius, as you said.

Mert Özel

Great singer + songwriter!

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