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Going to California - Led Zeppelin                                          

Simplified version for 1 guitar. 

Double Drop D Tuning [DADGBD] (Tune high and low E down to D)

Check below where the lyrics are listed to see when to play each section. Added some explanations to try
and clarify. Hope that helps. 

[Intro]:

d|------------------|(you can play around w/ high d string)
B|----3---3---3-----|
G|------------------| x6
D|------0-------0---| 
A|------------------|
D|--0-------0-------|


[Mandolin Part] (Played once after the intro leading into the first verse):

d|----0----7---7---7---7---7---7---(7)--|
B|-------7---8---7---------------7------|
G|-------------------9---7---9----------| 
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
D|--0-----------------------------------|


[Verse 1]:

                                             _
d|--5-----4------------0-----------|          |
B|----0-----0----5---------0-------|          |
G|------0-----0----0---------0-----| x2       |
D|-------------------0-------------|          |
A|---------------------------------|          |
D|--5------------5-------5---------|          |
                                              |
  Spend my days with a woman unkind...        |
                                              |
d|--0------------------------------|          |
B|-----3-------3-------------------|          |
G|---------2-----2-----------------|          |
D|-------0-----------0---0---------|          |--- x3
A|---------------------------------|          |
D|--0--------0-----0---0-----------|          |
                                              |
d|--5-----5-----   --5-------0--------|       |
B|----7------7--   ------7-------7----|       |
G|--------------   -------------------|       |
D|------0------0   --------0-------0--|       | 
A|--------------   -------------------|       |
D|--0-------0---   ----0-------0------|      _|
                 
(***Only play last picking part of the verse to the gap when you're leading into the chorus***)

                                         
[Chorus]: ***INSTRUMENTAL - No lyrics***
                                                                _
d|--------3-------3---|-------2p0-----|-------0----2p0--------|  | 
B|----5-------5-------|---3-------3---|----3------------------|  | 
G|--------------------|---------------|-----------------------|  | x2
D|------0-------0-----|-----2-------2-|------0------0----0---0|  |
A|--------------------|-2-------2-----|-----------------------|  |
D|--0-------0-------0-|---------------|--0-------0-----0---0--| _|
                                                               

[Fill before going back to verse]:

d|------------------|
B|----3---3---3-----|
G|------------------| x2
D|------0-------0---| 
A|------------------|
D|--0-------0-------|


[Verse 2] ***Optional*** (Usually alternate with Verse 1 with Verse 2):
                                     _
d|--9-----7----------------------|    |
B|----0-------0---8-----7--------|    |
G|------------------0-------0----| x2 |
D|------0-------0-----0-------0--|    |
A|-------------------------------|    |
D|--5-------0-----5-------0------|    |
                                      |
d|--0----------------------------|    |
B|-----3-------3-----------------|    |
G|---------2-----2---------------|    |
D|-------0-----------0---0-------|    |--- x3
A|-------------------------------|    |
D|--0--------0-----0---0---------|    |
                                      |
d|--5-----5-----  --5-------0------|  |
B|----7------7--  ------7-------7--|  |
G|--------------  -----------------|  |
D|------0------0  --------0-------0|  | 
A|--------------  -----------------|  |
D|--0-------0---  ----0-------0----| _|


[Bridge]:
                                                                                                   _
                                                                                                    |
d|--7-----7-------7------7------|    |----------------0-----------------------0---------------|     |
B|----6-------6------6-------6--|    |--5-----5-----------5---5-------5-----------5---5-------|     |
G|------------------------------|x2  |----6-------6---------------6-------6---------------6---|x2   |--- x2
D|------0-------0------0-------0|    |------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7---------|     |
A|------------------------------|    |--0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0---7-|     |
D|--0-------0-------0------0----|    |--------------------------------------------------------|     |
                                                                                                   _|

[Outro]  ***Same as intro*** :

d|------------------|
B|----3---3---3-----|
G|------------------| Repeat & fade
D|------0-------0---| 
A|------------------|
D|--0-------0-------|


Lyrics:

[Verse 1] Played through 3x

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.

[Chorus]


[Verse (1 and/or 2)] Played through 3x

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.

[Chorus]


[Bridge] Played through 2x

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.


[Verse] Played through 3x

To find a queen without a king;
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings.
La la la la
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,
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems

[Chorus]

[Outro]



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p - Pull off
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