FCS Daily Music Video – ‘California Dreamin’ Mamas and the Papas Then and Now



The Mamas and the Papas was an American folk rock vocal group which recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the counterculture of the 1960s. The group was composed of John PhillipsDenny DohertyCass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips (born Holly Gilliam). Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early 1960s.

Elliot died of heart failure in London on July 29, 1974, after completing a two-week engagement at the Palladium


Lyrics at end


All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray
You know the preacher liked the cold
He knows I’m gonna stay
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
If I didn’t tell her I could leave today
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day


Don Matthews
January 2021



Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

2 thoughts on “FCS Daily Music Video – ‘California Dreamin’ Mamas and the Papas Then and Now

  1. To have delivered the gift of California Dreamin’ and for it to still be regarded as one of (if not THE) defining songs of that ‘autumn’ of love is pretty incredible, isn’t it. Everyone knows that opening line…

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    1. I’m pleased you’re enjoying these Nick. They bring a lot of memories back for me. Yes, a defining song. Nice to see them still singing it. I like to see an artist at their beginning and watch them progress in their career……

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