Paranoia Blues


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


                     E       
I got some so-called friends

                           E7   
 They'll smile right to my face

                     A      
 Oh, when my back is turned

                E           
 They'd like to stick it to me

         
Yes they would 

                    
Oh no no,  oh no no

         A                E       C#m 
 There's only one thing I need to know

      F#7  B7      E   
Whose side are you on?


               E  
I fly into J.F.K.

                         E7   
 My heart goes boom boom boom

                     A   
 I know that customs man

               E           
 He's going to take me

               
To that little room

                     
Oh no no.  Oh no, no

         A                E       C#m 
 There's only one thing I need to know

      F#7                    B7           E  
Whose side are you on, whose side are you on?


          A
I got the paranoia blues

                                 E    
Fnom knockin' around in New York City

           A             
Where they roll you for a nickel

                                 A       
And they stick you for the extra dime


A 
Anyway you choose

                                 E
You're bound to lose in New York City

    A          B7                 E
Oh, I just got out in the nick of time

      A          B7                 E    
Well, I just got out in the nick of time


                        E    
Once I was down in Chinatown

                              E7  
 I was eating some Lin's Chow Fon

                     A     
 I happened to turn around

            E       
 And when I looked I see

              
My Chow Fon's gone

                      
Oh no, no,  Oh no, no

        A                E       C#m
There's only one thing I need to know

      F#                     B7           E   
Whose side are you on, whose side are you on?

                        B7      E       A
 Well, there's only one thing I need to know

      F#          B7          E       
Whose side, whose side, whose side?



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