I wrote Goodbye California back in the 90s. It was one of those songs that sprang into being as if it had been waiting in the wings of my mind. Lyrically, it’s an interesting song for me, due to the fact that I managed to pull off three layers of meaning in it. Text, subtext, and sub-subtext.
This version was the one done by my Chicago band, the Autumn War. We played this in quite a few bars, from biker bars to the more artsy places in downtown Chicago.
I’d recommend listening to this with headphones and not through standard computer speakers. Anyway, some day I’m going to pull off a couple new versions. I’m pretty sure it could stand up to a stripped down acoustic version, as well as a version in the Don Henley/Boys of Summer category.