lifeblood: songs: lyrics: santa monica


oh santa monica
i've got you on my mind
like an old flame
darling how long has it been

i finally made it back east
far enough away at least
i thought
to get you out
from under my skin

and i don't know which
to scratch to an itch
or a parallel
california ride

oh santa monica
when we first met
you made feel uneasy
i thought
i wanted to br planted

but like a genie
you're adaptable
i rubbed your burnished bronze
and my other wish was granted

and i know
i'm in trouble
tonight
checking out the one-way flights

i think its crazy
i think it's weird
that i can smell your flora
all the way from here
and though that sun shines mostly down
on troubled times
and broken dreams
its still bright enough
to keep this fire in me

oh santa monica
i blasted my playlist
as i went running
in your salty ocean air

and now when i hear those songs
there's such a fevered longing
i might die inside
if i don't get back there

and believe me i can see it's not productive
but it's too seductive still

i think its crazy
i think it's weird
that i can smell your flora
all the way from here
and though that sun shines mostly down
on troubled times
and broken dreams
its still bright enough
to keep this fire in me

i've been to parties in la
i've seen the lights from hollywood
been through earthquakes
and the rest

but i had no idea
my world would spin around
just by driving
16 more miles west

and you say that i've got two lives
i guess i do
i need her
and i need you

and i think its crazy
i think it's weird
i can smell your flora
all the way from here
and though that sun shines mostly down
on troubled times
and broken dreams
its still bright enough
to keep this fire in me
me

words and music by emily saliers


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