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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
G/A      x-0-0-0-x-x
G/F      3-x-3-2-1-x
Bm7-5    x-2-3-2-3-x
Am-5     x-0-1-2-1-x
Eb-5     x-x-1-2-4-3
Eb7-5    x-x-1-2-2-3
Cdim     x-3-4-2-3-x
C/D      x-x-0-0-1-0
F#m7-5   2-x-2-2-1-x

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

       Am
I say "Ray, why do girls treat you nice that way?"
        G/A  Am
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
It's deep beneath the skin
            Fmaj7 E7
It's what I major in
            Am
It's what I do

        Am
Yes, I come to play and I bring big soul
  G/A   Am
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
I'm specially qualified
             Fmaj7 E7
To keep them satis-fied
            Am
It's what I do

             F
You turn the lamp down low
                     Am     Am-5
You make them feel secure
              Eb-5[?]
You've got to show the girl
                   A     Eb7-5[?]
She's the one you adore
       A         Dmaj7    Gmaj7    Bm7-5  E7
If you want that sugar to pour


         Am
Well you bring some church but you leave no doubt
   G/A  Am
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
If you can't dance by now
                   Fmaj7    E7
The Raelettes will show you how
            Am      Cdim
It's what I do

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


             F
You turn the lamp down low
                     Am     Am-5
You make them feel secure
              Eb-5[?]
You've got to show the girl
                   A     Eb7-5[?]
She's the one you adore
       A         Dmaj7    Gmaj7    Bm7-5  E7
If you want that sugar to pour


         Am
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
It's not some game I play
           Fmaj7 E7
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
It's deep beneath the skin
            Fmaj7 E7
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
I'm specially qualified
             Fmaj7 E7
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 | Fmaj E7 |

            Am
It's what I do

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

| Bm7-5 | Fmaj E7 |

            Am
It's what I do

(repeat and fade)
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CPWKruger 3,613 wrote on July 5 2013, 12:43 pm

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 3,613 wrote on July 5 2013, 12:47 pm

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 792 wrote on April 25 2016, 10:24 pm

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

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