Dave Alvin/Tom Russell (Blue Horn Toad Music, bmi, and Frontera Music, ascap, administered by Bug Music) This song is normally done in A with Capo 2 so that is how I'll show it although when I do this song I do it in C no Capo Capo 2 Intro A D A D A D A D A D I'm just tryin' to make a livin' A D I'm an old man at thirty-nine A D With two kids and an ex-wife E Who moved up to Riverside A D I'm workin' down on the border A D Drivin' back roads every night A D Mountains east of El Cajon E A North of the Tecate line. D E Where the California summer sun A D Will burn right through your soul A D But in the winter you can freeze to death E A D A D In the California snow. A D I catch the ones I'm able to A D And watch the others slip away A D I know some by their faces E And I even know some by name A D I guess they think that we're all A D Movie stars and millionaires A D I guess that they still believe E A That dreams come true up here. D E A D But I bet the weather's warmer down in Mexico A D E A D A D And no one ever tells them 'bout the California snow. A D Last winter I found a man and wife A D Just about daybreak A D Layin' in a frozen ditch E South of the interstate A D I wrapped 'em both in blankets A D But she'd already died A D The next day we sent him back alone E Across the borderline. A E I don't know where they came from A D Or where they planned to go A D But we carried her all night long E A D A D Through the California snow. A D Sometimes when I'm alone out here A D I get to thinkin' about my life A D Maybe I should go to Riverside E And try to fix things with my wife A D Or maybe just get in my truck A D And drive as far as I can go A D Away from all the ghosts that haunt E A The California snow. D E Where the California summer sun A D Can burn right to your soul A D And in the winter you can freeze to death E A D A D In the California snow. A D And in the winter you can freeze to death E A D A D A D A D (end on A) In the California snow.