Going to California

From The Evanescence Reference
Amy Lee Songs

A Single Tear
Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing *
Beacon for the Blind
Bee and Duck
Between Worlds
Bill's Wife Theme
Blind Opening Theme
Can't Stop What's Coming
Dark Water
Donkey and Chicken
Dream of Ice
Dream Too Much
Eternity of the Remorse
Find a Way
First Kiss
Going to California *
Goodnight My Love *
Halfway Down the Stairs *
Hello Goodbye *
I'm Not Tired
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry **
If You're a Star
It's a Fire *
I Will Follow You into the Dark *
Little Bird
Love Exists
Mark's Theme
Push the Button
Remember to Breathe
Rubber Duckie *
Sally's Song *
Speak to Me
Stand by Me *
The End of the Book
The Final Leap
Through Your Eyes
Voice in My Head
With or Without You *
White Out

* Cover versions
** Live cover versions

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General information

Going to California is the third track and the third single from Recover, Vol. 1. It was released on Amy Lee's YouTube channel with an accompanying music video on December 1, 2015.[1] The song was originally by Led Zeppelin.

Amy posted this statement on Facebook about how her manager had recorded the guitar for fun, and that she instantly felt that she had to sing it:

Vin1.jpg This song is a classic that I've loved for as long as I can remember. It puts me at peace. My friend and manager, Jordan, had recorded the instrumentation for fun and when I heard it a few months ago I knew instantly that I had to sing on it. Listening to mommy sing usually helps get Jack into that elusive sleepy place, and this song has been a regular rotation nap-time hit around our house this fall. As I was preparing for the November Evanescence shows, I just really wanted a moment like this in our set. So I showed this version to Troy, who made it a personal challenge to master a finger-picking based song, which was outside his comfort zone (not that you could tell - he sounded amazing!). We had so much fun playing it live! It's a pleasure to sing a song publicly that is such a part of who I am offstage - my roots, the style of music we always played around our house when I was growing up, and still at every family gathering, singing and playing music with my Dad. I hope you enjoy it![2] Vin2.jpg

The song was performed live for the first time with Evanescence at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13, 2015.[3] They played it at their three 2015 U.S. shows and then their three Spring 2016 U.S. shows.


Studio versions:

Going to California

  • Recording date: 2015
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Recover, Vol. 1 (track #3)
  • Length: 3:23

Live versions:

Going to California [Live with Evanescence]

  • Performing period: November 2015 - May 2016
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: Live at Marathon Music Works, Nashville, Tenneessee (November 13, 2015)


Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind to make a new start
Going to California with an aching in my heart
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair

Ah, ah, ah

Took my chances on a big jet plane
Never let them tell you that they're all the same
The sea was red and the sky was grey
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun began to awake

Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow
I think I might be sinking
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high

To find a queen without a king
Says she plays guitar and cries and she sings
Side a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams
Tryin' telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems

Ah, ah, ah


The music video was made and directed by Eric Ryan Anderson, who also created the front cover of the EP. It shows Amy in her home studio recording the vocals and walking around a garden singing the song, with various layered effects from one shot to another. The entire video is in black and white.