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Santa Cruz

Frank Renfordt

September 09, 2018

Genre: Country

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Who wants not to be young and free? This is not an authentic story, but could have been...

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This is a work-tape and not a finished song. I appreciate any feedback.


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Sam Speirs

Nice vibe Frank and a cool song.  I’m from Scotland so I understand what giving a “lift” means but I haven’t heard any of my American pals use that term. I could be wrong so it’s worth checking with Brent or some of the others.
As an alternative, you could substitute “ride” for “lift”.

September 13, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

Sam - thank you for listening to my song and for your helpful comment. I will substitute lift with ride to avoid any problems. This is a draft and I’m working on this.
Thank you again!

September 23, 2018

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Reid Yamamoto

Hi Frank, I don’t know how you do it, but you nailed the Santa Cruz culture and lifestyle for many who live there. I have actually been there several times, as I used to live in Santa Clara and other cities in Northern California, and I’m sure I couldn’t have nailed it the way you did.

Great job!

October 03, 2018

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Sam Speirs

Nice vibe Frank and a cool song.  I’m from Scotland so I understand what giving a “lift” means but I haven’t heard any of my American pals use that term. I could be wrong so it’s worth checking with Brent or some of the others.
As an alternative, you could substitute “ride” for “lift”.

September 13, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

Sam - thank you for listening to my song and for your helpful comment. I will substitute lift with ride to avoid any problems. This is a draft and I’m working on this.
Thank you again!

September 23, 2018

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Reid Yamamoto

Hi Frank, I don’t know how you do it, but you nailed the Santa Cruz culture and lifestyle for many who live there. I have actually been there several times, as I used to live in Santa Clara and other cities in Northern California, and I’m sure I couldn’t have nailed it the way you did.

Great job!

October 03, 2018



Living was quite easy
and sunshine was for free
on my way to nowhere
and further on to the sea
She stopped right beside me
her arms covered in tattoos
and she said - hey I give you a lift to Santa Cruz

When I put my stuff into her camper van
in the rearview I could see
her certain smile for a little while
and I knew what’s gonna happen to me
in Santa Cruz

Falling in and making love
beach bonfires and wetsuits
head-banging to Nirvana songs
smoking weed and hanging loose
in Santa Cruz

We lived on selling bracelets
to tourists on the promenades
I showed her some guitar chords
She taught me riding on the waves
When the California beach vibes
put us in a state of bliss
it could have gone on forever like this

But summer ended and a single tear
was running down her cheek
A last embrace and we went different ways
I waved goodbye driving down the street
in Santa Cruz

Falling in and making love
beach bonfires and wetsuits
head-banging to Nirvana songs
smoking weed and hanging loose
In Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz
Falling in and making love
beach bonfires and wetsuits
head-banging to Nirvana songs
smoking weed and hanging loose
In Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz

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