From the album Malibu (Single)

My experience of California is that it's a place you go to lose things, for better or worse. This is about something I lost in California.

Lyrics

Did you take a last glance at the clock
When you put your key into the lock one last time
Did you have somebody waiting up
Didn't even stop to pack your things or take mine
Baby, why won't you let me grieve
If you're gone why do you leave your light on
I been askin' all my friends about it
They say every good thing ends with a sad song

I guess everybody leaves a mess
But why'd you leave so many questions?

Malibu, oh Malibu
Won't you tell me what's become of you?
It's cold out here and I don't know what to do
Sitting down beside your ghost
Wonderin' were you ever there,
But mostly do you care you were my west coast?
You'll always be my west coast

It's funny how you wanna know
'Til you do and then you don't but can't go back again
He swore that he would make you pay
You dug your heels sayin', "Here I'll stay til the bitter end"
But you knew that you would lose your case
Sure as darkness chases daylight from the burning sky
Now I sit here wishing I
Didn't know what makes a city full of angels cry

Malibu, oh Malibu
Won't you tell me what's become of you?
It's cold out here and I don't know what to do
Sitting down beside your ghost
Wonderin' were you ever there,
But mostly do you care you were my west coast?
You'll always be my west coast

And was it worth it in the end
To draw your line there in the sand
And break off in the ocean
Did you never feel the need
To shake the dust off of your feet
And just move on?

Malibu, oh Malibu
Won't you tell me what's become of you?
It's cold out here and I don't know what to do
Sitting down beside your ghost
Wonderin' were you ever there,
But mostly do you care you were my west coast?
You'll always be my west coast
My west coast
My west coast
My west coast