Sedaka, Neil - Cardboard California Lyrics




Nothing is real
In Cardboard California
Just waking up
Brings you down
One lousy deal
Is Cardboard California
You just can't survive
In a make believe town

Lost in a city of little tin gods
Cold plastic people with phony facades
How can you win when you look at the odds?

You're running down a one way street
Nobody cares if you survive
Sometimes you beg or you don't eat
You gotta fight to stay alive
Hey
You're never gonna get away

Where's the world you used to know?
Where did all the good times go?
Look around your hopes and dreams are gone
But like a fool you still keep hanging on

Come and be a movie star
Come and drive a fancy car
Come and see
What you really are

Everybody's going somewhere
But you
You're going nowhere

Look in the mirror
Mirrors don't lie
You're getting older, your time's past you by
You lost your shot
To some younger guy

You're running down a one way street
Nobody cares if you survive
Sometimes you beg or you don't eat
You gotta fight to stay alive
Hey
You're never gonna get away

Nothing is real
In Cardboard California
Just waking up
Brings you down
One lousy deal
Is Cardboard California
You just can't survive
In a make believe town





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Sedaka, Neil Cardboard California Comments
  1. KT CLM06

    Not heard this for years.....been on eBay and bought a copy. Thank you for reminding me!

  2. Karen Patton

    I'm a late-comer to a lot of Neil Sedaka's work. Just discovered this song. Wow. And holy sh!t. As a refugee of southern California, I can vouch for the lyrics being 100% spot on. I could feel the "hamster on a wheel" futility in the arrangement. He knows what it's like to live in California. Except, as the lyrics tell us...it ain't living.

  3. yasiru jayasuriya

    I have this album on cassette, it's a shame I thought it was only on cassette.

  4. A to tha K

    For me, this is Sadakas’ Bohemium Rhapsody

  5. faithful02u

    This is one of my favourite tracks, I love the way Sedaka mixes modern themes with classical music, he's a master when it comes to mash ups. I think he captures the truth of Hollywood so well. Thanks for uploading.