Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

California

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1902

Comments

California

Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond

Published at The Bond Shop by Carrie Jacobs-Bond & Son Incorporated
746 So. Michigan Ave. Chicago

Some of these resources may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.

[Verse 1]
When a child I lived a life
Of peace without alloy,
Gathered blossoms ev'ry day,
A childhood full of joy;
Lillies grew beside my path to gather at my will,
And the perfume of their petals lives beside me still.

[Refrain]
California,
land of blossoms,
land of friendships true,
California,
land of sunshine,
my heart turns to you,
Land of peace and land of plenty,
Land for which I sigh,
California,
California, there I'd live and die.

[Verse 2]
Years ago I left my home
Of sunshine flow'rs and song,
And the pathway of my journey
Had been wide and long.
How I long to gather roses 'neath that sunny sky,
Long to see the poppies blooming there before I die.

[Refrain]

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