In The Shadow Of The Valley

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"In The Shadow Of The Valley"
San Francisco cover
Song by American Music Club from the album San Francisco
Released October 1994
Format CD
Length 6:28
Label Reprise Records (US) / Virgin Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Joe Chicarelli / American Music Club
San Francisco track listing
  1. "Fearless"
  2. "It's Your Birthday"
  3. "Can You Help Me"
  4. "Love Doesn't Belong"
  5. "Wish The World Away"
  6. "How Many Six Packs Does It Take To Screw In A Light"
  7. "Cape Canaveral"
  8. "Hello Amsterdam"
  9. "The Revolving Door"
  10. "In The Shadow Of The Valley"
  11. "What Holds The World Together"
  12. "I Broke My Promise"
  13. "The Thorn In My Side Is Gone"
  14. "I'll Be Gone"
  15. "Fearless (Reprise)"
  16. "California Dreamin'"
  17. "I Just Took My Two Sleeping Pills And Now I'm Like A Bridegroom Standing At The Altar"

"In The Shadow Of The Valley" is the 10th song on American Music Club's seventh album, 1994’s San Francisco. It is only available on the CD version of the album.

Mark Eitzel spoke about the song in Addicted To Noise, stating, "Well, that's L.A. though. That's like people in L.A. People don't live in L.A. to respond to others or to live in a society. They live in L.A. to work and make money and fulfill their dreams. Hopefully, if they're successful at all, they live in a kind of bubble where they really don't have to interact with anybody. You know what I mean? So yeah, you give up your cynicism, you give up your hard shell as soon as you stop interacting with people. If I opened my heart, then you'd be washed away. Yeah, because as soon as you start to live, you know, then, it's destructive in those situations. It's weird, it's all about that city and me being on the freeway in that city. A lot. You know, having to live there. And it's about the riots in a way because I think the riots are kind of the future, although I don't think it's going to be an uprising, there's just going to be more and more random violence and more and more and more hate. Does that sound hopeful?"[1]


I gave up my cynicism, I gave up my hard shell
I gave up everything that would cause you the least pain
I'm immodest as a child old before it's time
Why should I hide something I've no chance to see
My night was sleepless so all through my day
I took the next shade of weariness down to L.A.

I'm off like a shotgun out of your reach
My self-importance, my mind-numbing haze
No I don't want to know about my life
No I don't want to know what I'm thinking or feeling
Ignorance is bliss but babe, we won't stay that way
We'll escape heaven somehow down in L.A.

I can make your future easier to predict
Hot as a devil and cold as an addict

People usually just make me tired
The plague of always deserving something better
God save me from the rewards I deserve
The one for giving up hope, the one for the love that I serve
If I opened my heart then you'd be washed away
Down the bone-dry rivers that drain L.A.
My nights are all sleepless so all through my day
I like to take shades of weariness all through L.A.



Also appears on

  • 1984-1995 Early version - titled "L.A. Is My Woman"


  1. Michael Goldberg (December 1994). "Wishing The World Away". Addicted To Noise. Retrieved March 27, 2018.