Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al chords


Artist: Paul Simon
Album:  Graceland

transcription by Roland Spindler (
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A EA man walks down the street,
D Ehe says why am I soft in the middle now,
A Ewhy am I soft in the middle,
D Ethe rest of my life is so hard,
A EI need a photo-opportunity,
D EI want a shot at redemption,
A Edont want to end up a cartoon,
D Ein a cartoon graveyard,
A Ebonedigger, bonedigger,
D Edogs in the moonlight,
A E D Efar away my well-lit door,
A EMr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly,
D Eget these mutts away from me,
A E D Eyou know I don't find this stuff amusing anymore.
A EIf youll be my bodyguard
D E A E D EI can be your long lost pal,
A EI can call you Betty,
D Eand Betty when you call me
A E D Eyou can call me Al.
A man walks down the street, he says why am I short of attention, got a short little span of attention, and wo my nights are so long, wheres my wife and family, what if I die here, wholl be my role-model, now that my role-model is gone, gone, he ducked back down the alley with some roly-poly little bat-faced girl, all along, along there were incidents and accidents, there were hints and allegations. If youll be my bodyguard I can be your long lost pal, I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me
A E D Eyou can call me Al,
A E D Ecall me Al.
A man walks down the street, its a street in a strange world, maybe its the Third World, maybe its his first time around, he doesnt speak the language, he holds no currency, he is a foreign man, he is surrounded by the sound, the sound, cattle in the marketplace, scatterlings and orphanages, he looks around, around, he sees angels in the architecture, spinning in infinity, he says Amen and Hallelujah! If youll be my bodyguard... Can't play "You Can Call Me Al"? Improve your playing via easy step-by-step video lessons!
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