Mark Kozelek – Gustavo chords

Intro: Am A# F Gm Am A# F Gm Am A#

F GmI wrote a check and I bought an old house
AmI got a TV and a worn-out couch
A# Hired a guy named Gustavo and his friends
FTo fix it up from the foundation
GmOh god, those motherfuckers drove me nuts
AmWith their electrical saws and mariachi music
A#But they really stepped it up man
FAnd put their backs into it
GmBut they lived pretty far away
AmThey wanted to stay for a couple of months
A#'Til the work got done and I said sure
FMade ‘em a key and got ‘em a microwave
Bridge: Gm Am A#
F Gm Gustavo was an illegal immigrant
He took the money that I gave him
Am A#And he went and spent it on strippers and casinos
And every once in a while with them I’d go
F GmIt gets boring out in the mountains, you know
DmChopping wood, falling asleep to the TV snow
CMaking ground beef tacos
AmOn the top of a potbellied stove
CEating noodles from a Styrofoam cup
DmWaiting for a ride that never shows up
CWalking into town, browsing the windows
AmLooking at rifles, looking at ammo
CAt night when everything’s closed
In my wet boots, in my winter clothes Bridge: Am A# F Gm Am A#
F GmOne night they were headed for Tahoe
AmThey asked me along but I said fuck no
A#'Cause I was tired and my money was tight
FAnd they just laughed and said alright
GmAnd on the way back they got stopped
AmBy a redneck sunnyside highway cop
A#Gustavo was drunk and had an ounce of pot
FAnd spent the night on a jailhouse cot
GmThey deported him back to Mexico
DmHe called me collect from a Tijuana pay phone
CAsking man, could you wire me money?
Am2500 for a border coyote
CHe needed work and he missed his family
DmBut I hung up and I said I’m sorry
C AmBut I hung up and I felt uneasy
C DmI hung up and my heart was heavy
CI hung up and my back was aching
AmPicking up the work they’d left in front of me
CThe demoled walls and the pulled up floors
DmThe busted up cabinets and the broken drawers
CThe kitchen sink was laying in the backyard
AmAnd I looked down and my hands were trembling
CAnd I looked up and my roof was leaking
F GmNow I still sleep on my beat-up old couch
D#In the living room of my unfinished house
A#I got a licensed contractor
FBut he quit cause his wife was dying of cancer
GmBut what the hell, I’m just here trying to find answers
D#To find peace of mind, to get a piece of the rock
A#A place to put my mental clock
FAnd my old guitars and gently rock
GmBack and forth in my front porch chair
D#Without a worry, without a care
A# I’m doing alright but I’m still not there
F GmMy house ain’t done, but it’s alright
D# Floors ain’t level, but I ain’t some suburban
A#Who cares about bathroom tiles
FStraight lines and building codes and Chinese wind chimes
GmMy house ain’t done, but it’s fine
D#Come out here from time to time
A#In December for the snow
DmAnd in July to watch the roses grow
CMy gardener asks had I seen Gustavo?
AmI just laughed and I said fuck no
CNot since that night he left
DmHis hair combed back, headed for Tahoe
CMy girlfriend asked had I heard from that guy from Mexico?
AmI said you mean Gustavo?
CAnd I just laughed and I said no
DmNot since he called from the Tijuana pay phone
C AmReally I don’t give much thought to Gustavo
A# FI love to go out to the mountains, though
Gm AmAnd in the fall, feel the breeze blow
A# FAnd in the winter, watch the falling snow
Gm AmAnd in the spring, love the rainbows
A# FAnd in the summer smell the roses
Gm Am CWhite and red and yellow
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