California I Cry

from by Evie Ladin Band

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Grandiose views, ocean air, rich culture, diversity, and yet long term residents are getting priced out, diluting the very things we love about living here. The paradox of California.


skyscrapers of stone, turn the metal into mountains
give me a home, that ain’t so damn crowded
we are made blind, by golden light
california i cry

it’s been dry as a bone, no rain on the horizon
one cigarette out the window and all of it burns
one giant shake, the oceans will rise
california i cry

not so long ago, they all came for riches
and riches they found beyond measure, a bounty no end
what is the price to steal paradise
california i cry


the money it flows into highrises
up on the hillside they see a far view
down in the flatlands we’re just trying to get by
california i cry

the moon it hangs heavy over bridges of steel
we sit in our cars on our phones surrounded by cars
suspended in heaven, under wide western sky
california i cry


you can sleep out every night, enjoy the life
but to pay your rent, you ain’t got the time
miss a couple paychecks and you’ll be fresh outta luck and
sleeping out all of the time



from Caught On A Wire, released March 21, 2019
Evie Ladin lead vocal, guitar
Keith Terry vocal, bass, drums, percussion
Erik Pearson vocal, guitars

J. Goody, Megasonic engineer, mixing
David Glasser, Airshow mastering
Debbie Berne graphic design
Lyrics by Evie Ladin /Evil Diane Music, BMI
except People Are You Ready, PD
Music created by the ELB
Evil Diane Music/Crosspulse Music/Erik Pearson Music, BMI
©℗ 2019

THANKS to our families, community and fans


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Evie Ladin Oakland, California

The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance - have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The Evie Ladin Band is an expansive stringband, with Keith Terry - bass and percussion, and Erik Pearson - guitar. Body-slappin neo-trad urban folk. ... more


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