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Artist: Jim Croce
Song: Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)
Tuning: Standard (EADG)

Tabbed from cover by The Four Big Strings: https://youtu.be/TVRDSH4BgHw
Lyrics are approximately aligned with tab


[Intro]
No bass


[Verse 1]
G|---------4----------------5----4--------------5--4-------------------------|
D|-5----------------------------------7----5----------7--5----------5--7-----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------5--7-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   Operator    Oh could you help me place this call?

G|----7h9----9------------------5h7----7------------7---5---4----------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------7---5--|
A|-----------------5-------------------------7-------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
  You see the number on the matchbook is old and faded

G|-------------------------4-------4--5---4-------------5--4--------------------|
D|-----------------------5--------------------7---5-----------7--5---------5--7-|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------5--7-------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    She's living in L.A.      with my best old ex-friend Ray

G|-------------------------------------------------7h9---7---5---4----------|
D|-------------------5--4--------------------------------------------7---5--|
A|--------------------------------5------------7----------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated


[Chorus 1]
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---5--5-------5------5--5------5---------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------5-----------------3-------5-----5---5--|
E|-----------------------------------------7-----------7-----------------------|
   Isn't that the way they say it goes?      But let's forget all that
 
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------5------5----------------------------------------0---2---0--------|
A|-5---------------5--------------------------------3---------------2----|
E|--------------------7---7---0---5-------0--5--0------------------------|
   And give me the number if you can find it     So I can call just to tell 'em

G|--------------------------------------7-------------------|
D|-----------------7-----------------7-----7--7-------------|
A|-3----5---------------------0--5-----------------3---3----|
E|----------------------0--5--------------------------------|
   I'm fine and to show              I've overcome the blow

G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--3-----3-----3-----2-2-----2-----2-----2-----0-0-----0-----0-----0----2-3-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   I've learned to take it well  I only wish my words could just convince myself

G|-------5-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--5---------------------------------------------------------15\5-----|
A|------------3-------5----5--5-----2--3-------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
  That it just wasn't real         But that's not the way it feels


[Post Chorus 1]                                 
G|--------------------------------------------------5--4---------------------|
D|--5----5--5----7--8--9----9-----9----7----7--7----------7--3--5----5-------|
A|-----------------------------9----------------------------------------5----|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse 2]
G|-0--2--4---4-----4--------5----4--------------5--4-------------------------|
D|--------------4---------------------7----5----------7--5----------5--7-----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------5--7-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   Operator       Oh. Could you help me place this call?

G|------------------------------------------7h9---7h9---7---5---4----------|
D|-------7------7------4---------------7----------------------------7---5--|
A|------------------------5------5-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------5-------------------------------------------------------------|
  'Cause I can't read the number that you just gave me

G|--------0--2--4----4------4---------5---4-------------5--4--------------------|
D|-5--------------------4---------------------7---5-----------7--5---------5--7-|
A|----5--------------------------------------------------------------5--7-------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
There's something in my eyes      You know it happens every time

G|--------------------------------------------7h9--7h9---7---5---4----------|
D|--7----------------4-----------------------------------------------7---5--|
A|-----7-------------------5----5----7--------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  I think about the love  that I thought would save me


[Chorus 2]
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---5--5-------5------5--5------5---------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------5-----------------3-------5-----5---5--|
E|-----------------------------------------7-----------7-----------------------|
   Isn't that the way they say it goes?      But let's forget all that
 
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------5------5----------------------------------------0---2---0--------|
A|-5---------------5--------------------------------3---------------2----|
E|--------------------7---7---0---5-------0--5--0------------------------|
   And give me the number if you can find it     So I can call just to tell 'em

G|----------------------------------------7-------------------|
D|---------------7---7-----------------7-----7--7-------------|
A|-3----5---------------7----7--5--------------------3---3----|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|
   I'm fine and to show                I've overcome the blow

G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--3-----3-----3-----2-2-----2-----2-----2-----0-0-----0-----0-----0----2-3-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   I've learned to take it well  I only wish my words could just convince myself

G|-----5---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--5-----5---------------------------------------------------15\5-----|
A|------------3-------5----5--5-----2--3-------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
  That it just wasn't real         But that's not the way it feels


[Post Chorus 2]
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5----5--5---------------------15\5------5----5--5--------------------15\5-|
A|--------------0--2--3---3--3--------------------------0--2--3---3--3-------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
               No, no, no, no                That's not the way it feels

[Verse 3]
G|------------0--2--4---4--4-----5---4---------------5--4----------------------|
D|-5---5--5------------------4-----------7---5-------------7--5----------5--7--|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------5--7--------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   Operator                Oh, let's forget about this call

G|-----------------------------------7h9-----7h9--------7---5---4----------|
D|----7---------4---------------------------------------------------7---5--|
A|-------7-----------5---5-----7-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   There's no one there I really wanted to talk to
   
G|---------0--2--4----4-----4------5---4-------------5--4--------------------|
D|--5--------------------4-----------------7---5-----------7--5---------5--7-|
A|-----5----------------------------------------------------------5--7-------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      Thank you for your time    Oh, you've been so much more than kind

G|--------------------------------------7h9---7h9---7---5---4----------|
D|-7-----------4----4-------------------------------------------7---5--|
A|----7--7--------------5--5-----7-------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
        You can keep the dime

[Chorus 3]
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---5--5-------5------5--5------5---------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------5-----------------3-------5-----5---5--|
E|-----------------------------------------7-----------7-----------------------|
   Isn't that the way they say it goes?      But let's forget all that
 
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------5------5----------------------------------------0---2---0--------|
A|-5---------------5--------------------------------3---------------2----|
E|--------------------7---7---0---5-------0--5--0------------------------|
   And give me the number if you can find it     So I can call just to tell 'em

G|----------------------------------------7-------------------|
D|---------------7---7-----------------7-----7--7-------------|
A|-3----5---------------7----7--5--------------------3---3----|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|
   I'm fine and to show              I've overcome the blow

G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--3-----3-----3-----2-2-----2-----2-----2-----0-0-----0-----0-----0----2-3-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   I've learned to take it well  I only wish my words could just convince myself

G|-------5-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--5---------------------------------------------------------15\5-----|
A|------------3-------5----5--5-----2--3-------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
  That it just wasn't real         But that's not the way it feels

 
[Outro]
G|----------------------------------------------------5---4------------------|
D|--5----5--5------------------2---------------2--------------7---7---4---5--|
A|------------------0--2----2------2---0----2--------------------------------|
E|---------------3-----------------------------------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------------------5---4----------------------|
D|--5--5-----7--8--9----9--9----9--7----7--7-------------7---7---4---5------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|



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