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California Waiting

"California Waiting"
Single by Kings of Leon
from the album Youth and Young Manhood
B-side "Joe's Head" (Live)
Released 16 Feb 2004
Format 10"
Genre Garage rock, Southern rock
Length 3:29
Writer(s) Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon singles chronology
"Wasted Time"
"California Waiting"
"The Bucket"
Youth and Young Manhood track listing
"California Waiting"
"Spiral Staircase"

"California Waiting" is the fourth single taken from the Youth and Young Manhood album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. An alternate version of the song appears on their debut release, the EP Holy Roller Novocaine. This version was recorded in a rush to finish the record. The band didn't like the outcome, so they recorded a new version, which is found on Youth and Young Manhood. However, on Kings of Leon's VH1 Storytellers performance, Caleb Followill stated before playing California Waiting that "We kind of sabotaged it on our album, and tried to play it really punk rock. It was better on the EP I think."[1]

Song Meaning

Caleb Followill’s vocals sound honestly pained and his longing for something greener – California – is a timeless theme that resurrects the left coast as a magnet for dreamers and schemers. Where do you go when “every little thing’s gotta be just right”? Mythical California. That tradition runs deep in the American psyche, interrupted occasionally by songs like the apocalyptic “Hotel California.”[2]

Track listing

CD single

  1. "California Waiting" - 3:26
  2. "Joe's Head (Live at Rock in Rio)" - 3:37

10" vinyl

Released in limited edition – 5,000 copies – on clear vinyl.

  1. "California Waiting"
  2. "Joe's Head" (Live from the Brixton Academy)


  1. ^ California Waiting (VH1 Storytellers)" by Kings of Leon""". MTV Networks. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Lyrics "California Waiting"

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