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Complete andwell-aligned chords for the whole song / intermediate version with suggestions for playable voicings. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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           What I Do – Donald Fagen
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Donald Fagen
What I Do (2006)
(Donald Fagen)

From: "Morph the Cat"

Great song, but I'm not quite sure about the nature of some chords in the 
middle 8. If you've got any ideas for improvement here, please tell me.

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CHORDS and SPECIAL VOICINGS

         E-A-D-G-B-e
A5       x-0-5-5-x-x
G/A      x-0-0-0-x-x
G/F      3-x-3-2-1-x
Bm7-5    x-2-3-2-3-x
Eaug     0-2-0-1-1-0  (= E7aug)
Am-5     x-0-1-2-1-x
Eb-5     x-x-1-2-4-3
Eb7      x-6-5-6-4-x
C/D      x-x-0-0-1-0
F#m7-5   2-x-2-2-1-x
Baug     x-x-5-4-4-3

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INTRO
| A5 | %  G/A | A5 | % |
| Dm7 | Dm7 G/F | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
| Bm7-5 Baug | Fmaj E7 | A5 | % |

       A5
I say "Ray, why do girls treat you nice that way?"
        G/A  A5
He said it's not what I know, what I think or say

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
            Bm7-5     Baug
It's deep beneath the skin
            F6    Eaug
It's what I major in
            Am
It's what I do

        A5
Yes, I come to play and I bring big soul
  G/A   A5
I could rock long before they named it Rock and Roll

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
              Bm7-5 Baug
I'm specially quali fied
             F6    Eaug
To keep them satis-fied
            Am
It's what I do

             F7
You turn the lamp down low
                     Am6     Am-5  Am6
You make them feel secure
              F7/Eb
You've got to show the girl
                   A     Eb7
She's the one you adore
       A7         D6      Gmaj7   Bbmaj7  E7
If you want that sugar to pour


         A5
Well you bring some church but you leave no doubt
   G/A  A5
As to   what kind of love you love to shout about

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
             Bm7-5 Baug
If you can't dance by now
                   F6       Eaug
The Raelettes will show you how
            Am      B9
It's what I do

SOLO
| E5 | % | % | % |
| Am7 | Am7 C/D | Gmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
| F#m7-5 D/F#  | Cmaj B7 | Em | E7 |
| A5 | % | % | % |
| Dm7 | Dm7 F/G | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
| Bm7-5 Baug | Fmaj E7 | Am | % |


             F7
You turn the lamp down low
                     Am6     Am-5  Am6
You make them feel secure
              F7/Eb
You've got to show the girl
                   A     Eb7
She's the one you adore
       A         D6       Gmaj7    Bbmaj7  E7
If you want that sugar to pour


         A5
He says, Don don't despair just take some time
G/A  Am 
You  find your bad self, you're gonna do just fine

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
              Bm7-5 Baug
It's not some game I play
           F6    Eaug
It's in my D  N  A
            Am 
It's what I do

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
            Bm7-5 Baug
It's deep beneath the skin
            F6    Eaug
It's what I major in
            Am
It's what I do

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do
              Bm7-5 Baug
I'm specially qualified
             F6    Eaug
To keep them satis-fied
            Am
It's what I do

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do

| Bm7-5 Baug | F6 Eaug|

            Am
It's what I do

            Dm7
It's what I do
G/F          Cmaj7    Fmaj7
 It's what I do

| Bm7-5 Baug | F6 Eaug |

            Am
It's what I do

(repeat and fade)
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CPWKruger 3,027 Jul 05, 2013 08:43 AM

When I scored this track on keyboards, I noticed the chords in chorus where he sings 'It's what do' each note in the instrumental part is actually a different chord! For instance the part covered by the Cmaj7 to the Fmaj7 is actually G/C, C6, G/F, F G/F, F.
It sounds okay on a keyboard but really awkward on guitar ( the way I play it anyway! )
I have the opening chord actually an A5 ( I hear no 3rd in there at all )
a quick B+5 over 'skin' after the Bm7-5`.
.major in`` I have F6 and E7+5
In the middle eight I have it starting on F7
--on `secure`I have Am6 Am7-5 (pretty close to what you have )
F7 over Eb bass on `show`(where you have the first question mark!
and Eb7 on your Eb7-5

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CPWKruger 3,027 Jul 05, 2013 08:47 AM

and the last line in the middle 8 try:

If you(A7)want that(D6)sugar to(Gmaj7)pour. ( Bbmaj7 E7 )

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burpo 574 Apr 25, 2016 06:24 PM

A heroic and truly helpful effort on a tough-ass song. Thanks for doing and sharing this.

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