Calistan

By Frank Black

From the album Teenager of the Year


Am               F                  C
    I took three days to drive down one street
Am            F                C
    The radio on, tuned to the big fleet
Am            F                       C
    Invisible planes are cracking the concrete
G                    F                A      F
    That's just what some people say     hey hey

Am                F                    C
    I put down my blanket on cigarette butt beach
Am                F                  C
    I saw the old man, he was doing okay
Am                       F              C             Am
    He's making his last stand - on old   bottles and cans
G                F             A     F
    Round there, Calistan way    hey hey

E              F
    Used to be sixteen lanes
C              B
    Used to be Neuvo Spain
Bb             G
    Used to be Juan Wayne
E              F
    Used to be Mexico
C              B
    Used to be Navajo
Bb             G         Am      F     C  (solo here)
    Used to be yippe-yay-I-don't know

Am F C
Am F C
G  F A F

    
Am                   F                  C
    Went in from the weather when I got wheezy
Am                F               C
    I play some pachinko I play pachisi
Am                    F               C
    And saint Anne is still making it breezy
       G                  F            A     F
In the valley of tar that once was LA    hey hey
Am              F                       C
    And my best friend he's the king  of karaoke
Am                 F                 C
    He struck up a chord and took it away
Am             F       C        Am
    Out of the pan and   into Japan
G                F             A     F
    Round there, Calistan way    hey hey

(pause one bar)
    
E              F
    Used to be sixteen lanes
C              B
    Used to be Juan Wayne
Bb             G
    Used to be Mexican
E              F
    Used to be Espano Nuevo
C              B
    Used to be Navajo
Bb             G         Am      F     C  (second solo - outro)
    Used to be yippe-yay-I-don't know

Am F C
Am F C
G  F A F