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Lyrics

Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Yeah

Grew up in the beautiful
Build me up building blocks
Transplant me down in La Mi
They don't get out of the box
I'm out here standing tall
Though they try to sit me small
My potential is just "ok"
They ignore me when I call
Three years laying in LA
My world's flipped on its head
My hair's been getting longer
Cut off friendships that are dead
Take off my rosy frames
Contacts changing up the way
Changing up my perspective
Though she's me
She ain't the same, oh

Looking back and moving forward
Day by day then do it over
Growing young instead of older
That's what happens when you're born and raised
In backwards California

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Yeah, Mommy taught me kindness
My dad taught me respect
Birdie taught me patience
These I'm trying to project into a
Positive person
But I can't seem to afford me
Buy bottles of happy
Medicating each morning
My name's a contradiction
I don't fit with my description
But LA's the place for people
With a happiness addiction

Looking back and moving forward
Day by day then do it over
Growing young instead of older
That's what happens when you're born and raised
In backwards California

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

I know that it's time
I'm grasping at life
I'm gonna make it
I was meant for something
More

Grew up in a fishbowl
And now I'm in the sea
I'm a different person
Swimming in this body
Backwards flipped around into
Cali-forward
Cali-more
Call it more
I guess I never thought before
That changes break the cycle
And reveal what's underneath
Backwards Cali ain't a place but a person
And she's me
Staying true to my roots
Branching out in the sun
We all know that growth's a process
And I've only just begun, yeah

Looking back and moving forward
Day by day then do it over and over and over
Growing young instead of older
That's what happens when you're born and raised
In backwards California, yeah
Looking back and moving forward
Day by day then do it over
Growing young instead of older
That's what happens when you're born and raised
In backwards California, yeah, yeah, yeah