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How To Leave California

by Emily Zisman

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How To Leave California is less of an escapist anthem and more of a lyrical acknowledgement of the fact that my home isn't what it once was, nor is it what it claims to be.

The wealth disparity is real and evident in a region of California which claims to be progressive while, at the same time, making little to no policy changes that address the issues on a humane and sustainable level.

It's up to us as individuals to care for and support one another as a community. Please watch to the end and consider volunteering your time at any of the organizations mentioned. Links provided.

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I've been tryin' for days, for weeks, for months, for years
Just to leave this town
Just to leave this town

There's somethin' in the water, in the air, in the grass, in the ground
Keepin' me around
Keepin' me around

And he's promised me nothin'
I can't get anywhere else
and the people just get colder every day

He's selling his soul for a digital dustbowl
and shanty towns under the highway

This is how you leave California
This is how you say goodbye
This is how you leave California
fill your gas tank with all those tears you thought you'd cry

I've been tryin' for days, for weeks, for months, for years
Just to leave this town
Just to leave this town

There's somethin' in the water, in the air, in the grass, in the ground
Keepin' me around
Keepin' me around

Don't be fooled by his beauty, he will drain you dry
and you'll realize that love is not enough

Pardon your dance with the devil, cut yourself some slack
Cause that comedown is gonna be rough
oh that comedown is gonna be rough

This is how you leave California
This is how you say goodbye
This is how you leave California
fill your gas tank with all those tears you thought you'd cry

This is how you leave California
This is how you say goodbye
This is how you leave California
fill your gas tank with all those tears you thought you'd cry

Oh, cause it's golden on the other side

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released June 15, 2019
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Emily Zisman
Vocals: Tia Carroll and Barbara Murphy
Violin: Ryan Avery
Bass: Joe Shaughnessy
Electric Guitar: Andrew Balmat
Drums: Mike Bond
Recorded at Tiny Telephone in Oakland Ca
Mixed by Aaron Ballard at ReSynth Audio
Mastered at Neato Mastering

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Emily Zisman San Francisco

Emily Zisman is a talented singer songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight Emily’s musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced the stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. ... more

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