You Can Call Me Al


written and performed by Paul Simon
from "Graceland."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.


F       C     F
  A man walks down the street

        Gm       F           C          
He says why am I soft in the middle now

F        C F      
  Why am I soft in the middle

    Gm         F          C  F    
The    rest of my life is so hard

        C F                 
 I need a photo-opportunity

Gm        F           C        
   I want a shot at redemption

F                 C    F  
Don't want to end up a cartoon

     Gm      F    C    
In a cartoon graveyard

F                     
Bonedigger Bonedigger

Gm             C         
   Dogs in the moonlight

F             Gm       C  
  Far away my well-lit door

       F                   
Mister Beerbelly Beerbelly

Gm               C           
Get these mutts away from me

F                          Gm            C 
  I don't find this stuff amusing anymore


          F     C        Bb 
If you'll be my bodyguard

      F       C    F        C Bb  F C F 
I can be your long lost  pal

               C
I can call you Betty

Bb        F        C
And Betty when you call me

F                 C Bb  F C F 
You can call me Al


F       C     F
  A man walks down the street

        Gm     F            C       
He says why am I short of attention

      F          C   F      
Got a   short little span of attention

    Gm    F             C  F    
And    oh my nights are so long

         C  F               
 Where's my wife and family

Gm         F     C    
   What if I die here

F           C  F          
  Who'll be my role-model

Gm          F         C     
Now that my   role-model is

C
Gone Gone

   Gm                   C   
He ducked back down the alley

          F                  Gm        C  
With some   roly-poly little bat-faced girl

     F    
All along along

           Gm            C        
There were incidents and accidents

           F             Gm     C 
There were hints and allegations


          F     C        Bb 
If you'll be my bodyguard

      F       C    F        C Bb  F C F 
I can be your long lost  pal

               C
I can call you Betty

Bb        F        C
And Betty when you call me

F            C  Bb  F 
You can call me Al
C      F      C Bb   F C F   C Bb   F C F  
  Call me Al

F       C     F
  A man walks down the street

       Gm        F         C     
It's a street in a strange world

F            C   F           
  Maybe it's the Third World

Gm            F              C F     
   Maybe it's his first time a-round

               C   F                
 Doesn't speak the language

   Gm    F        C  
He holds no currency

F       C F           
  He is a foreign man

Gm       F       C      F
He is surrounded by the sound

          
The sound

Gm            C           
Cattle in the marketplace

F                           Gm         
Scatterlings and orphanages

C           F                 
  He looks around, around

        Gm            C            
He sees angels in the architecture

F                       
Spinning in infinity

        Gm        C           
He says Amen! and Halleluiah!



          F     C        Bb 
If you'll be my bodyguard

      F       C    F        C Bb  F C F 
I can be your long lost  pal

               C
I can call you Betty

Bb        F        C
And Betty when you call me

F            C  Bb  F 
You can call me Al

C      F   
  Call me. 
F    C  F     Gm       F  C  
  Na na na na    na na na na
  
F    C  F     Gm      F    C  F  
  Na na na na    Na na  na na na

F       Gm C  F       Gm C  
Hm, hm,         hm hm

F       Gm C  F       Gm C F  Tacet    Hm, hm,         hm hm


  F C Bb  F C F   C Bb F C  

 F C Bb  F C F   C Bb F C  


Repeat and fade:

          F     C        Bb   F C F  C Bb  F C F 
If you'll be my bodyguard

               C    Bb   F C F  C Bb  F C F 
I can call you Betty


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