California Dreamin' Chords And Strumming, The Mamas And The Papas
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California Dreamin Chords And Strumming, The Mamas And The Papas

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Did You Know? California Dreamin' was written by husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips. They wrote it while living in New York City during the winter longed for sunny California where Michelle was from. They originally sang backing vocals on the song when it was recorded by Barry McGuire and later recorded their own version as The Mamas and the Papas.

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California Dreamin' Chords And Strumming, The Mamas And The Papas

Open Chords: (capo fret 4)

Open C chord

Open G chord

Open Am chord

Open Asus2 chord

Open Asus4 chord

Open F∆7 chord

Open E7 chord

Open E7sus4 chord

Strumming:

"Bouncer":      |D    D U D    D U |

"Driver":         |D    D    D U D U |

"Straight 8s":  |D U D U D U D U |


Tempo: 112 bpm Key: C#m



Intro -


Verse 1 -

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F∆7 - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F∆7 - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7sus4 - - - |


All the leaves are (Am½)brown (G½) (F∆7½)
And the
(G½)sky is (E7sus4)gray (E7½)
(F∆7½)I've been for a (C½)walk (E7½) (Am½)
On a
(F∆7½)winter's (E7sus4)day (E7)
I'd be safe and
(Am½)warm (G½) (F∆7½)
If I
(G½)was in L.(E7sus4)A. (E7)

California (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F∆7½)
On
(G½)such a winters (E7sus4x2)day


Verse 2 -

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F∆7 - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F∆7 - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7sus4 - - - |


Stopped into a (Am½)church (G½) (F∆7½)
I passed a
(G½)long the (E7sus4)way (E7½)
Well, I
(F∆7½)got down on my (C½)knees (E7½) (Am½)
And I pre
(F∆7½)tend to (E7sus4)pray (E7)
You know the preacher like the
(Am½)cold (G½) (F∆7½)
He knows
(G½)I'm gonna (E7sus4)stay (E7)
California
 (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F∆7½)
On
 (G½)such a winters (E7sus4x2)day


Middle 8 -

 |Am - - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |Am - F∆7 - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F∆7 - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

||Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - || x 2


Verse 3 -

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F∆7 - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F∆7 - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

||Am - G - |F∆7 - G -|| x 3

 |F∆7 - - - |F∆7 - - - |


All the leaves are (Am½)brown (G½) (F∆7½)
And the
 (G½)sky is (E7sus4)gray (E7½)
(F∆7½)I've been for a (C½)walk (E7½) (Am½)
On a
 (F∆7½)winter's (E7sus4)day (E7)

If I didn't (Am½)tell her (G½) (F∆7½)
If I could
 (G½)leave to(E7sus4)day (E7)

California (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F∆7½)
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(Am½)day

Cali(G½)fornia (F∆7½)dreamin' 
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(Am½)day 

Cali(G½)fornia (F∆7½)dreamin' 
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(F∆7x2)day 


Final Chord Strum: Am


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California Dreamin' Chords And Strumming, The Mamas And The Papas

Open Chords: (capo fret 4)

Open C chord

Open G chord

Open Am chord

Open Asus2 chord

Open Asus4 chord

Open E7 chord

Open E7sus4 chord

Barre Chords: 

Barre F chord

Strumming:

"Bouncer":      |D    D U D    D U |

"Driver":         |D    D    D U D U |

"Straight 8s":  |D U D U D U D U |


Tempo: 112 bpm Key: C#m



Intro -


Verse 1 -

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7sus4 - - - |


All the leaves are (Am½)brown (G½) (F½)
And the
(G½)sky is (E7sus4)gray (E7½)
(F½)I've been for a (C½)walk (E7½) (Am½)
On a
(F½)winter's (E7sus4)day (E7)
I'd be safe and
(Am½)warm (G½) (F½)
If I
(G½)was in L.(E7sus4)A. (E7)

California (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F½)
On
(G½)such a winters (E7sus4x2)day


Verse 2 -

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7sus4 - - - |


Stopped into a (Am½)church (G½) (F½)
I passed a
(G½)long the (E7sus4)way (E7½)
Well, I
(F½)got down on my (C½)knees (E7½) (Am½)
And I pre
(F½)tend to (E7sus4)pray (E7)
You know the preacher like the
(Am½)cold (G½) (F½)
He knows
(G½)I'm gonna (E7sus4)stay (E7)
California
 (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F½)
On
 (G½)such a winters (E7sus4x2)day


Middle 8 -

 |Am - - - |Am - - - |Am - - - |Am - F - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

||Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - || x 2


Verse 3 -

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - F - |

 |C - E7 |Am - F - |E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

 |Am - G - |F - G -|E7sus4 - - - |E7 - - - |

||Am - G - |F - G -|| x 3

 |F - - - |F - - - |


All the leaves are (Am½)brown (G½) (F½)
And the
 (G½)sky is (E7sus4)gray (E7½)
(F½)I've been for a (C½)walk (E7½) (Am½)
On a
 (F½)winter's (E7sus4)day (E7)

If I didn't (Am½)tell her (G½) (F½)
If I could
 (G½)leave to(E7sus4)day (E7)

California (Am½)dreamin' (G½) (F½)
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(Am½)day

Cali(G½)fornia (F½)dreamin' 
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(Am½)day 

Cali(G½)fornia (F½)dreamin' 
On
 (G½)such a winters 
(Fx2)day 


Final Chord Strum: Am


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California Dreamin' Lyrics


All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day (on a winter's day)
I'd be safe and warm (I'd be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)

California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
He knows I'm gonna stay (knows I'm gonna stay)

California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day (on a winter's day)
If I didn't tell her (if I didn't tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)

California dreamin' (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day

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