State of California

from by Herd of Sherlock

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Written/programmed/recorded/mixed within the month of November 2016, this song is part of a collection by Randall Payton (Chez Stadium), fulfilling the National Solo Album Month challenge under the moniker, Herd of Sherlock. #nasoalmo


Between the top of the world and the old equator
A native son, no carpetbagging infiltrator
From the valley in the shadow of the mountain in the morning
Born and bred into an earthquake warning

Something in the water, could be gold
A sign of the Times, a chilling story you were told
Empty your pockets but you still complain about the cold

A slow roasted ramble isn’t what you planned
So you try to make over what you don’t understand
Innocents found on a shore downstream
A washed up reference to a boomtown dream

I know the feeling when you hate what you love to hate
Holding onto something long after it’s too late
A seasonal disorder on the magnitude of real estate
I can see it in your license plate

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya
We’re slipping’ into a state of California
...a state of California


from Don't Blink Twice, released December 1, 2016
All composition, performance, recording and mixing by Randall Payton. Blame him alone. Published by Eating Words and Drinking Songs.



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Herd of Sherlock Portland, Oregon

Randall Payton has recorded and performed most frequently as Chez Stadium, but also as Herd of Sherlock and DJ Random Paydirt, and is a frequent collaborator on others' projects.

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