Can you remember all the lyrics in California Dreamin'?

MeTV fans voted it the best song of the 1960s. But can you sing every word?


You, the MeTV fans, voted "California Dreamin'" the best song of the 1960s. Sorry, Fab Four! The Mamas and the Papas — the folk quartet of John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips — beat out the Beatles and the Monkees to take the top spot!

It's hard to argue with those beautiful harmonies. The bittersweet poetry of the lyrics still strikes a chord, too.

But can you remember all the words to the song?

"California Dreamin'" is just two short verses and a chorus. Sing along in your head and try to fill the blanks! 

  1. All the leaves are _______
  2. …and the _______ is _______
  3. I've been for a _______
  4. …on a ________ day
  5. I'd be _______ and warm
  6. …if I was in _______
  7. I stopped into a _______
  8. …I passed along the _______
  9. I _______ down on my knees
  10. …and I _______ to pray
  11. You know the ________ like the _______
  12. He knows I'm _______ _______

Can you remember all the lyrics in California Dreamin'?

Your Result...

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DerekBird 34 months ago
You got 9 out of 12
Pass or fail, you probably want to listen to the song again right now, don't you?
Caretaker245 34 months ago
12/12 love the song... still have that album.
Toddmick 34 months ago
Nailed it! Might have had more trouble with Creque Alley
Caretaker245 Todd 34 months ago
Oh you ain't kidding. That song covers a LOT of territory!
Whitechapel 38 months ago
12/12 love this song, but the Mamas and Papas beating the Beatles? Seriously?!?
Thomas 52 months ago
I know I can find a station that has it in rotation anytime.
trogg888 52 months ago
its began to pray
ll675i trogg888 52 months ago
Michelle Phillips said (she wrote the line)said "it's pretend to pray
Mark 52 months ago
100% but if not multiple choice would've missed the preacher one because I thought it was "lights his coal." I didn't participate in that survey but am not surprised that the winner turned out to be one that is that familiar to everyone. It's not even my favorite M&P song, "Creque Alley" is.
Joe 52 months ago
Great tune… but the BEST of the 60's? I don't think so. It should be one of The Beatles' songs!
SheriHeffner 52 months ago
I remember hearing that song as a small child on the radio, when we had and I'm saying "had" Decades, I watched The Best Of Ed Sullivan every weekday. I loved watching it because I have zero memories of The Ed Sullivan show because It was bedtime for me about 8 PM. I am watching the Mamas And Papas singing California Dreamin' on The Best Of Ed Sullivan and I and I notice as they're supposed t be singing and eating fruit at the same time I know they are lip singing to music. They also looked stoned out of their gourds!
They probably were stoned out of their "gourds" BUT laughing all the way to the BANK🤑🤑🤑 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN 🍁🍂
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