''It’s my recollection that we were at the Hotel Earle in New York and Michelle was asleep. I was playing the guitar. We’d been out for a walk that day and she’d just come from California and all she had was California clothing. And it snowed overnight and in the morning she didn’t know what the white stuff coming out of the sky was, because it never snowed in Southern California. So, we went for a walk and the song is mostly a narrative of what happened that day, stopped into a church to get her warm, and so on and so on." - John Phillips
''The words ‘California dreamin’ kept going through my mind. I started working on some chords for the song. And I went through more chord progressions and things that fit the melancholy of the song.'' - John Phillips
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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