The mamas and the papas california dreamin’. California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas

I WAS WATCHING THE FALLING LEAVES FROM THE WINDOW AND LISTENING THIS SONG AND EVEN SINGING IT WITH MY GIRLFREIND AT HOME
A jazz player named Bud Shank was brought to the session to play it That line seems more coherent than "the preacher likes the cold", which I found on the lyric sites
and that is what i hear in the song The leaves are brown and the sky is gray
And I do like that the lyrics within validated my assertion that it's "I PRETEND to pray" and "The preacher LIGHTS THE COALS"
Just as the cold dude pretends to pray, the priest pretends not to notice that the guy's staying after closing time Because the singer is homeless and plans on spending the night in the church
The results were impressive, and Dunhill Records agreed to use it as their first single, holding off on McGuire's version so there wouldn't be competition from an established artist "he knows I'm gonna stay" refers to the chaplain telling him not to quit
no one else could write it, and second the way everything is textured together, its a very errie song too

In a 2002 interview with National Public Radio NPR , Michelle Phillips explained how this song came about.

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Lennon from Chopsticks, Korea, United Statesi remembered hearing this particular song well after the beatles elenor rigby.

I always wondered why the Preacher would "like" the cold but your explanation makes sense.

He stopped into the church because it was cold, he didn't go in to pray, just for the warmth.

Fyodor from Denver, CoMama Cass introduced this song at the Monterrey Pop Festival by saying it was the reason for their great wealth, and then adding, "Honesty is the best policy! He left shortly after the intense first summer, never graduating with the class of '58.

Michael Scott from Punta Gorda, FlMust be some southern talk.

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