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Dusty California

from Ball Pit by Paul and Storm

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Hey there pretty lady
Good to see you after such a long long time
We’ve seen a lotta miles since the senior prom
But you still look the same

I headed west in a denim vest
With a guitar in my hand
I met a band of desperados
And together we rode for fame

We rambled around
Until we spotted the Pacific Ocean
We grew some killer beards and a mellow sound
Near the beach and the desert flowers

We made a fan of a record man
And he signed us to his label
Then a meteor hit us with some cosmic rays
And we all gained superpowers

We were
Dusty California
And the Arroyo Harbor Desperados
Fightin’ crime and heartbreak
From Ojai to Coronado
A serenading sunset crew
In a laid-back war with evil
Dusty California
Double-fisted balladeers

Derek played the drums
And he could shoot lasers out his eyeballs
Eddie rocked it steady on the rhythm guitar
And traveled back and forth in time

Trevor and Ace played the keys and bass
And could combine to form a robot
I could fly high like an airplane
And control things with my mind

We sold a lotta records
And we beat up a bunch of bad guys
We battled Doctor Z above the Hollywood Sign
After headlining at the Greek

We mopped the floor with Commander War
And her Sunset Strip Assassins
Eddie moved to Malibu and Ace dated Cher
And we rode up the charts for weeks

We were
Dusty California
Superhuman team of champions
Layin’ it down so easy
From Pasadena to Laurel Canyon
Every night we made our stand
Against crime and polyester
Dusty California
Caballeros heroicos

We were really cleanin’ up the town
Then disco came a-dancin’ in
Our record sales crashed down
I guess the good guys don’t always win

We walked away
Broke and broken-hearted
Half of the guys hooked up with other bands
Half joined the Super Friends

And me, at night, I sit awake and fight
With the demons of faded glory
But on better days instead of mopin’
I put on those boots again

Dusty California
And his Good Time Palominos
Every second Tuesday
At the Laughing Brave Casino
Crankin’ out those worn-out tunes
From a time when we used to matter
Dusty California
May the legend never die
Dusty California
Watch me ridin’ across the sky
Dusty California
Baby, smile and wave “bye-bye”


from Ball Pit, released July 21, 2014
lead and first rhythm guitar: Jim Boggia




Paul and Storm Arlington, Virginia

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