She lived at the end of a little dirt road
In a house where secrets go untold
Barefoot in a cotton dress, dark hair in a tangled mess
And a head full of crazy dreams
She said

I'm going to California
A place where the sun always shines
I'm goin' to California
And I'm leavin' everything behind

You can't help, but feel a little bit touched
When your daddy loves you a little too much
You can wish on four leaf clovers, but all the fields have been plowed
Over
And there's nothin' left to do but fly away

I'm going to California
A place where the sun always shines
I'm goin' to California
And I'm leavin' everything behind

Stars burn like candles on that two-lane highway
She made her wish, and disappeared on her eighteenth birthday
And she said

I'm going to California
A place where the sun always shines
I'm goin' to California
And I'm leavin everything behind

I'm goin' to California
And I'm leavin' everything behind

Oh California
I'm goin to California

Oh California
Leavin' it all behind
California...