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        You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al (1986)
(Paul Simon)

From: "Graceland"

I use a capo on the 3rd fret for playability. Without a capo one would have
to transpose this tab +3 steps to match the original key of F major.

I made a short demo recording so one can hear what this is supposed to
sound like:
https://soundcloud.com/maguri/paul-simon-you-can-call-me-al-demo

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capo: 3rd fret
play: D
key: F

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CHORDS

       E-A-D-G-B-e
Em7    0-2-0-0-0-0

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[Main Riff] 

(intro / chorus / interlude / outro)

      D   A     Em7    D   A     D      D   A     Em7    D   A     D
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----3---2--2--0-|----3---2--2-2h3|----3---2--2--0-|----3---2--2-2h3|
G|----2---2--2--0-|----2---2--2-2--|----2---2--2--0-|----2---2--2-2--|
D|----4---2--2--0-|----4---2--2-2h4|----4---2--2--0-|----4---2--2-2h4|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

| h  Hammer-on


[Verse]

There is a little lick or riff in the verse, which is played on an 
electric guitar. Using a capo, it is possible to integrate this 
lick into the accompaniment. Here’s a suggestion:

  D                Em7   Asus4  A   D                Em7   Asus4 A [ D ]
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|--2--0----------|--0-------------|--2--0----------|--0-------------|
B|--3--3--3---3---|--0--3--3---2---|--3--3--3---3---|--0--3--3-3-2-3-|
G|2-------2---2---|-----0--2---2---|2-------2---2---|-----0--2-2-2---|
D|0---------------|--------2-------|0---------------|--------2-------|
A|----------------|2-------0-------|----------------|2-------0-------|
E|----------------|0---------------|----------------|0---------------|


[Chorus]

If you want to include the riff into your guitar accompaniment, this
might be a good solution:
  D       A        Em7     A        D       A        Em7     A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----3---2--2----|----0------2----|----3---2--2--0-|----3---2--2--3-|
G|2---2---2--2----|----0------2----|2---2---2--2--0-|----0---2--2--2-|
D|0-------2-------|----0------2----|0-------2--2--0-|----0---2--2----|
A|--------0-------|2-------0-------|--------0-------|2-------0-------|
E|----------------|0---------------|----------------|0---------------|


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[Intro]

(guitar and synth)
|     D   A     Em7 |    D   A     D   | 

(full band)
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 


[Verse]

D 
 A man walks down the street
       Em7        Asus4       A
He says, Why am I soft in the middle now?
D 
 Why am I soft in the middle?
        Em7         Asus4   A
When the rest of my life is so hard!
D 
 I need a photo-opportunity
Em7       Asus4     A
 I want a shot at redemption
D 
Don't want to end up a cartoon
    Em7      Asus4 A
In a cartoon graveyard


[Bridge]

D 
Bonedigger, Bonedigger,
Em7          A
 Dogs in the moonlight
D                 Em7          A
 Far away from my well-lit door
    D 
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Em7              A
Get these mutts away from me!
           D                       Em7       A
You know, I don't find this stuff amusing anymore


[Chorus]

D               A
If you'll be my bodyguard
Em7           A         |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
I can be your long lost pal
D              A
I can call you Betty
    Em7              A 
And Betty, when you call me
       |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
You can call me Al


[Verse]

D 
 A man walks down the street
       Em7        Asus4      A
He says, Why am I short of attention?
     D 
Got a short little span of attention
   Em7       Asus4      A
And whoa, my nights are so long!
D 
 Where's my wife and family?
Em7        Asus4 A
 What if I die   here?
D 
 Who'll be my role-model?
Em7          Asus4  A
 Now that my role - model is


[Bridge]

D 
Gone, gone
   Em7                  A
He ducked back down the alley
         D                  Em7           A
With some roly-poly, little bat-faced girl
     D 
All along, along
           Em7           A
There were incidents and accidents
          D                      | Em7 A |
There were hints and allegations


[Chorus]

D               A
If you'll be my bodyguard
Em7           A         |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
I can be your long lost pal
D              A
I can call you Betty
    Em7              A 
And Betty, when you call me
       |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
You can call me Al ...                 Call me Al ...


[Solo]

(pennywhistle) = verse + bridge
| D | Em7  Asus4 A | D | Em7  Asus4 A |
| D | Em7  Asus4 A | D | Em7  Asus4 A |

| D | Em7 A | D | Em7 A |
| D | Em7 A | D | Em7 A |


[Interlude]

(guitar and synth)
|     D   A     Em7 |    D   A     D   | 

(full band)
| D  A | Em7 A  | 
| D  A | Em7 A  | 
| D  A | Em7 A  | 


[Verse]

D 
 A man walks down the street
     
      Em7          Asus4   A
It's a street in a strange world
D 
 Maybe it's the Third World
Em7             Asus4      A
 Maybe it's his first time around
D 
 He doesn't speak the language
  Em7       Asus4 A
He holds no currency
  D 
He is a foreign man
Em7       Asus4   A
 He is surrounded by the 


[Bridge]

D 
Sound, the sound 
Em7            A
 Cattle in the marketplace
D                            | Em7 A |
 Scatterlings and orphanages
          D 
He looks around, around
        Em7           A
He sees angels in the architecture
D
 Spinning into infinity
         Em7       A
He says, Amen! and Hallelujah!


[Chorus]

D               A
If you'll be my bodyguard
Em7           A         |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
I can be your long lost pal
D              A
I can call you Betty
    Em7              A 
And Betty, when you call me
       |   D  A |  Em7 A  |
You can call me Al ...                 Call me...


[Verse]

[Instrumental]
D               Em7      Asus4 A
 Na, na, na, na, na, na, na    na...
D               Em7      Asus4 A
 Na, na, na, na, na, na, na na na na ...
D               Em7      Asus4 A
 Na, na, na, na, na, na, na    na...
D               Em7      Asus4 A
 Na, na, na, na, na, na, na na na na ...


[Bridge]

[Instrumental]
D           | Em7 A |
Mmmh, mmmh
D           | Em7 A |
 Mh, mh
D           | Em7 A |
Mmmh, mmmh
D           | Em7 A |
 Mh, mh


[Break]

(bass solo)
| N.C. | % |


[Chorus]

[Instrumental]

| D  A |  Em7 A  | 
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 
| D  A |  Em7 A  | 


[Outro]

(chorus)

D               A              | Em7 D/A A    |
If you'll be my bodyguard ...

| D  A |  Em7 A  | 

D              A        | Em7 D/A A    |
I can call you Betty ...

| D  A |  Em7 A  | 

D               A              | Em7 D/A A    |
If you'll be my bodyguard ...

| D  A |  Em7 A  | 

D              A        | Em7 D/A A    |
I can call you Betty ...

| D  A |  Em7 A  | 

(repeat and fade)




            
            
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slackerslasher 534 Oct 07, 2016 04:59 PM

I play it like this, through the entire song

D xx0232
A4 x02230
A x02220
Em7 020000
Em7* 020030
A4 x02230
A x02220
D xx0232

(D) D A4 A Em7 Em7* A4 A D
1 + 2 + 3 + a 4 + a 1 + 2 + 3 + a 4 + a

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slackerslasher 534 Oct 07, 2016 05:09 PM

Sorry the formatting isn't lining up for the rhythm timing... When I enter the comment it's in a fixed-width font, but then when I click "post" the font changes to non-fixed-width, so the formatting is lost and it doesn't line up vertically anymore.

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justabaldguy 72 Dec 04, 2016 04:21 PM

Appreciate the work on this tab. I can't find a rhythm I like, but feel with time I could get something workable for solo acoustic guitar. Thanks again.

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