California Snow

Tom Russell

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I'm just trying to make a living
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I'm an old man at 39
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 Two kids and an ex-wife
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 Moved up to Riverside
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 Working down on the border
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Driving back roads every night
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 Mountains east of El Cajon
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 North of the Tecate Line

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Well the California summer sun will burn right to your soul
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 In the winter you can freeze to death
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In the California snow    

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 I catch the ones I'm able to
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Watch the others slip away
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 I know some by their faces
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And I even know some by name
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 Guess they think that we're all movie stars and millionaires
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 Guess that they still believe that dreams come true up here

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But I bet the weather's warmer down in Mexico
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 And no one ever tells them 'bout the California snow    

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 Last winter found a man and wife
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 Just about day break
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 Laying in a frozen ditch
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 South of the interstate
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 I wrapped 'em both in blankets
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But she'd already died
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 Next day we sent him back alone
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 Across the borderline

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 Don't know where they came from
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Or where they planned to go
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 But he carried her all night long
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Through the California snow    

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 Sometimes when I'm alone out here
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I get to thinking about my life
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 Maybe I should go to Riverside
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And try to fix things with my wife
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 Maybe just get in my truck
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And drive as far as I can go
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 Away from all the ghosts that haunt
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The California snow

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Well the California summer sun can burn right to your soul
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 In the winter you can freeze to death
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In the California snow    
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 In the winter you can freeze to death
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In the California snow  

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