Allergies


written and performed by Paul Simon
from "Hearts And Bones."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.


D7                   
Maladies, melodies,

G                       F      Am7/E 
  allergies to dust and grain

D7                    
  Maladies,  remedies

G                         C     Em7/B Am7        
  Still these allergies remain


   Am(no 5th)  F(no 5th)  Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
My hands can't touch a guitar string

   Am(no 5th)   F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
My fingers just burn and  ache

   Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)     Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
My head inter-cedes with my bodily     needs

       Am(no 5th) F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
And my body won't give it a break


   Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)  Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
My heart can  stand a disaster

   Am(no 5th) F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
My heart can  take a disgrace

       Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)     Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
But my heart is allergic to the women I    love

         Am(no 5th)   F(no 5th)   Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th) 
And it's changing the shape of my face


D                       
Allergies,    allergies

G                         F      Am7/E 
  Something's living on my skin

D                
  Doctor please

              
Doctor please

G                  C     Em7/B Am7          
  Open up it's me again


  Am(no 5th)  F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
I go to a     famous physician

  Am(no 5th)   F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
I sleep in the local   hotel

     Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)  Eb(no 5th)  Em(no 5th)
From what I can see of the people like me

       Am(no 5th)     F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
We get better, but we never get well

     Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)  Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
So I ask      myself this  question

        Am(no 5th) F(no 5th) Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
(it's a question I often   repeat)

         Am(no 5th) F(no 5th)     Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
Where do allergies  go, when it's after a    show

         Am(no 5th)  F(no 5th)    Eb(no 5th) Em(no 5th)
And they want to get something to eat?



D                       
Allergies,    allergies

G                         F      Am7/E 
  Something's living on my skin

D                
  Doctor please

              
Doctor please

G                  C             
  Open up it's me again


F                        
Maladies,    melodies

Bb                       Ab    Eb/Ab Abmaj7/G 
   Allergies to dust and grain

F7                       
   Maladies,    remedies

Bb                         Eb    Gm7 Cm     G7     D7        
   Still these allergies remain

         Am(no 3rd)           
 I can't breathe!


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