A Mount Washington love song

Mount Washington photo by Martha Benedict

When Sean Hoffman was house hunting several years back, Mount Washington ranked as one of his favorite neighborhoods. He checked the real estate listings every day and rode his bike to check out interesting properties. Hoffman, however, never bought a house in Mount Washington. The musician and member of the indy-pop duo Loch & Key ended up in Elysian Valley instead. But Hoffman was so taken with the beauty and the quirky nature of Mount Washington that he wrote a song titled “Mt. Washington.” (click on the player below to listen)

Hoffman and his partner, Leyla Akdogan, will be performing “Mt. Washington” and two other songs on Christmas Eve during the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center. What is it about Mount Washington that Hoffman finds attractive? His lyrics explain:

There’s trees all around,
and the gangsters they don’t wear a frown.
Close your eyes it’s only a dream away,
so close your eyes it’s only a little dream away.
Take me to the place,
where the hipsters write and they paint,
at a leisurely rate.
Where dogs bark,
and patiently wait,
for you to retaliate.
There’s a geodesic dome,
that I wish I could call my own.
Close your eyes,
It’s only a dream away.

Mt. Washington by The Eastsider LA


  1. Only one small problem with the song – if the geodesic dome he’s referring to is Fritz Haeg’s, that’s in Glassell Park, not Mt. Washington.

  2. there is another geodesic dome house off Rome- it’s a bit hidden, but there.

  3. Great song for a great neighborhood! I love living here.

  4. Fritz’s geodesic home is indeed in Mt. Washington, been to some great shows there.

  5. The Hill should be sung of, but not like this.

  6. I love this song! I learned about Mt. Washington from Jack Smith of the Los Angeles Times.
    In his daily column and several books, his stories about Mt. Washington were so hilarious and so lovingly written that he made me want to live there, too. I’m pretty sure he would have loved this song.

  7. Well. Those of us who attended Mount Washington Elementary learned a different song and we all remember it.

    We are the children of Mt. Washington and we all have the spirit to win
    Show us a task and you won’t have to ask we’ll complete it at Mt. Washington, oh!
    Shoulder to shoulder as we all grow older
    we work
    and we laugh
    and we play
    Success, as life unfolds, as we move onward towards our goals!

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