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a deeper look at It Never Rains in Southern California

It Never Rains in Southern California by Albert Hammond


This is a song that is very easy to listen to and not think very much about. It's a generic '70s pop song about trying to make it big in Hollywood. It's nothing revolutionary, it's a sentiment that still rings true today, people are still trying to be a Someone rather than a nobody. But if you really listen, and think about the lyrics, it becomes rather tragic.

This is a song that tells the story of someone up and moving to California, with little thought or planning he spends the last of his money on a plane. The culture around actors, Hollywood itself, the bountiful opportunities California seems to offer drives him to ditch his old life for the possibility of stardom.
But once he gets there, he finds little in the way of work. He's lonely and can't even afford to feed himself. The people he finds himself with, talent agents, managers, etc., are cruel, dig at his self-worth. He finds California isn't all it's cracked up to be, he wants to go back home where there is stability and family. He asks someone he knows to tell his family he almost made it big, he had plenty of offers, he just which would be the best to take. He asks them to not tell his family how they found him, unsuccessful, depressed, starving himself.

I think it's really heartbreaking if you actually give it a listen. Even the chorus, when it rains it pours, when it's bad it only gets worse. It's meant a great deal to me ever since I first listened to it, though I don't particularly know why.


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