God Bless The Absentee


written and performed by Paul Simon
from "One Trick Pony."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.


Fm7     Eb   Bb7
Lord, I am a working man

    Fm7   Eb    Bb9
And music is my trade

    Fm7       Eb        Bb7
I'm travelin' with this five-piece band

  C9              C7-9   
I play the ace of spades

Fm          Eb/G     Ab6   
   I have a wife and family

A07          Bbm       Ab      Eb/G Ebm/Gbm 
    But they don't see much of me

Fm7           Cb9  Bb9  Fm7 Eb Bb7  Fm7 Eb Bb9  Fm7 Eb Bb7  
God bless the absentee


Fm7     Eb   Bb7
Lord, I am a surgeon

    Fm7   Eb    Bb9
And music is my knife

   Fm7   Eb     Bb7
It cuts away my sorrow

   C9          C7-9  
It purifies my life

Fm          Eb/G    Ab6      A07 
   But if I could release my heart

    Bbm       Ab  Eb/G Ebm/Gbm
And veins and arteries

         Fm7           Cb9  Bb9  Fm7 Eb Bb7  
 I'd say God bless the absentee


Ebm7           Ebm6     
     I miss my woman so

Cbm/D           Gb/Db  
      I miss my bed

Cm7-5              Cbmaj7
      I miss those soft places

  Bb/C                
I used to lay my head


Ebm7              Ebm6        
     My son don't need me yet

Cbm/D               Gb/Db
      His bones are soft

   Cm7-5          Cbmaj7
He flies a silver airplane

   Bb/C                 
He wears a golden cross


Fm7           Eb   Bb7
God bless the absentee

           Fm7       Eb         Bb9
Lord, this country's changed so fast

    Fm7    Eb     Bb7
The future is the present

    C9               C7-9 
The present's in the past

    Fm       Eb/G   Ab6 A07
The highways are in litigation

    Bbm      Ab  Eb/G Ebm/Gbm 
The airports disagree

Fm7           Cb9  Bb9  Fm7 Eb Bb7  Fm7 Eb Bb9  Fm7 Eb Bb7  
God bless the absentee


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