Beautiful California

by Great Horned Owl

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Jason V. Love how the vocals work in tandem with the guitar. Vibrant imagery and rich emotion. Great for doing homework to! Favorite track: Early Spring.
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released April 14, 2015

all songs written, performed and engineered by Vanderson Langjahr

additional vocals: E. Hanson, Aleah Breanne, Justin Haag and Emma Thompson

recorded in several locations, including: Portland, OR, Bellingham, WA, San Diego, CA and Vancouver, BC.

album cover photograph by Daniel Gonzalez Fuster


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Great Horned Owl Portland, Oregon

Vanderson Langjahr is a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist currently based in Portland, OR. Along with a rotating cast of musicians, he has been recording and releasing music as Great Horned Owl since 2012.

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Track Name: Sequoia
I will sail down the golden coast
Where you'll be waiting with your eyes closed
And I will let the rain fall on my skin
When the clouds come rolling in

I will build you a house with my love
In this forest so green and lush
And when the wind comes in from the north
The trees will sway back and forth

And light will shine through the cathedral of sequoia
And I will love you again

Our fire will burn all through the night
And smoke will rise into the sky
Constant rush of the river in our ears
Living its life of a million years

And light will shine through the cathedral of sequoia
And I will love you again
Track Name: Early Spring
She paints pictures of the sea
Of sunsets and silhouetted trees
She sits down at the window looking out
Taking in the breeze

She hangs photographs on the wall
She lets her long hair fall
Singing sweet melodies
Her voice receding down the hall

She drifts across the hardwood floor
Like nothing I’ve ever seen before

Her soft hands on the keys
The world turns slowly with every note she reads
Feel the cool air coming in
Children laughing, playing in the street
Track Name: Pacific Ocean Love Song
If I could return all the leaves I have burned, well I would
And if I could forget all the lies I have said, then I would
Oh, unconcerned, your eyes downturned, if I could
Just wash my hands and become a new man, if only I could

Just a rain to wash away my troubled mind
I know, oh, I know

Well I had a dream that you were swimming in the ocean
Its color filled your eyes and your skin was glowing golden
You looked at me so innocently, if I could
Make amends to love again, well then I would

Just a rain to wash away my troubled mind
I know, oh, I know
Track Name: Two Harbors
You came to visit me today
So I cleaned the house
The sky was dark and grey
But it was warm and you were wearing your favorite blouse

All the tourists left this morning
So we’ll have the beach to ourselves
And in my room without warning
You put me under your spell

Your voice
Speaking softly
In an incomprehensible tongue

I begged for you to stay
But you shook your head and cried
And as the ferry took you away
I watched as you waved goodbye

Your gentle hand
Fading slowly
I will never forget your love
Track Name: San Francisco Hotel Room
I moved in to an empty house with dust all on its windows
And I began to miss some things that I left at a hotel back in San Francisco

And when I settled in
I still felt you on my skin
I saw you standing there
Ran my fingers through your hair

And I could see all the details in your eyes so ever clearly
I can't remember the last time I slept without you laying near me

So I lay in my sheets
Counting days instead of sheep
The last of something true in you
Burned in my skin like a new tattoo

I will wake up early so I can see the sunrise
'Cause it reminds me of the light that reflects out of your eyes
Track Name: Da Nang 1975
I found a place in the dark
To hide my secrets from you
But it showed in my eyes
525 N Garfield Ave.

You were born and you were gone
I've never felt so alone

I can see in my dreams
Great big skies where the helicopters fly
A mother's face wanting to cry
On April 3rd, 1975

I said hello and said goodbye
But you made no reply