California – The Petersens Original (LIVE)



“California” was written by the oldest sibling, Katie Petersen. It is one of our favorites she has ever written!

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An older version appears on our Shenandoah album

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Lady Katie and Grandma Petersen
Ice cream date with mom’s mom

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Lead vocal and fiddle: @Katie Petersen
Harmony vocal: @Ellen Haygood
Harmony vocal and guitar: @Matt Petersen
Dobro: Emmett Franz
Bass: Karen Petersen
Mandolin: @Julianne

Location: Weddings at the Homestead
Weddings at the Homestead provides a rustic, yet beautiful setting, amid rolling hills, grassy meadows, creek-side valley and authentic 1848 timber framed barn.

Turn on captions (CC) to see the lyrics on screen.
Special thanks to Troy Dixon for helping us with audio and Aaron Clark for the videography.
Microphones by Ear Trumpet Labs

►LYRICS – California (a Katie Petersen original)
Memories fade slowly
No please don’t go, not yet
Well I was your one and only
I’m not ready to forget

All the times we shared together
All the words we never said
But I remember…

When we almost went to California
We almost fell in love in the sand
And you almost told me to be your woman
So you’ll always almost be my man

I think it was late last summer
I saw the distance in your eyes
When you said that you found another
And then you told me not to cry

But I knew that’s when it started
The beginning of the end
And I remembered…

When we almost went to California
We almost fell in love in the sand
And you almost told me to be your woman
So you’ll always almost be my man

I guess it was late last winter
Snow falling all around
Wedding bells rang, she entered
But I left without a sound

Oh I know she’ll always love you
But heaven knows that so will I
And I’ll remember…

When we almost went to California
We almost fell in love in the sand
And you almost told me to be your woman
So you’ll always almost be my man

►The Petersens:
We celebrate American roots music with family values, and perform full time in Branson, Missouri in the USA. The band consists of four siblings, Katie, Ellen, Matt, and Julianne, our mom Karen, and good friend Emmett Franz. Learn more about our family on our website

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