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Manzanita

This song is by Dave Alvin and appears on the album Eleven Eleven (2011).

Manzanita growing wild on the hillsides
Where sage and eucalyptus fill the air
Through the years I dream of returning
But in my heart the manzanitas there

Her parents never liked it when I took her
Walking in the canyons after sundown
Through the cactus, sage and manzanita
Until we found a secret place to lay down

In the wintertime, the rain beats on my window
And in spring I watch the cherry blossoms blow
So far from my youth in California
So far from a boy I used to know

I see my daughter's face in the mirror
And I wonder if she'll do what I have done
And walk with her love in the canyons
Then leave his arms, turn away and run

They built houses and highways near the hillsides
And I married and divorced twice since then
But there's still manzanita in the canyons
Where I pray someday I'll walk with her again

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