When Numbers Get Serious


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


                      D    
I have a number in my head

                             G    Am7  G 
Though I don't know why it's there

Am      D7          G       
   When numbers get serious

C/E                          D/F#  
    You see their shape everywhere

D              G           
  Dividing and multiplying

Bm7/F#                 Em   
       Exchanging with ease

C/E                   G 
    When times are mysterious

        Am/C        D        G     Am G   
Serious numbers are eager to please

F#7                  B             
    Take my address. Take my phone

F#7                B   
    Call me if you can

F#7                    B               
    Here's my address. Here's my phone

F#7                              B
    Please don't give it to some madman

    F#7        B
Hey hey, whoa, whoa

       F#7                  B  
it's a     complicated life

F#7                  B      
    Numbers swirling thick and curious

        Em7                       
You can     cut them with a knife

         C/E             D/F#  G Am/D 
 You can cut them with a knife

G                  D          
  Two times two is twenty-two

                    G         Am7  G 
 Four times four is forty-four

Am      D7          G       
   When numbers get serious

C/E                           D/F#  
    They leave a mark on your door

D                   G         
  Urgent. Urgent. A telephone 

Bm7/F#                Em       
       ringing in the hallways

C/E                   G 
    When times are mysterious

        Am/C         D           G     Am G   
Serious numbers will speak to us always

F#7               B                    
    That is why a man with numbers can

F#7                  B    
    put your mind at ease

F#7                   B                
    We've got numbers by the trillions

F#7              B
    Here and overseas

    F#7       B
Hey hey, whoa whoa

            F#7               B   
Look at the     stink about Japan

F#7                   B                 
    All those numbers waiting patiently

Em7                          
    Don't you understand?

C/E                D/F#   G Am/D G  
    Don't you understand?


                      D          
 So wrap me, wrap me, wrap me do

                       G   Am7  G 
In the shelter of your arms

Am      D7        G         
   I am ever your volunteer

C/E                    D/F#  
    I won't do you any harm

D               G         
  I will love innumerably

Bm7/F#                     Em   
       You can count on my word

C/E                   G 
    When times are mysterious

        Am/C         D         G     
Serious numbers will always be heard

C/E      D7/F#        G      
    When times are mysterious

        C/E          D7/F#     G     C/G  G  Eb/G  
Serious numbers will always be heard


Bb                                   
   And after all is said and done

Ab                           
   And the numbers all come home

         Gm    Fm7  Eb       
The four rolls into three

    Eb9              Ab     
The three turns into two

          Gm    Fm7 Eb              
The two becomes a   one  



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