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"New York Telephone Conversation"
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album _Transformer_
(Lou Reed, 1972)

written by Lou Reed
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        I was sleeping gently napping
        when I heard the phone
        Who is on the other end talking
        am I even home

        Did you see what she did to him
        did you hear what they said
        Just a New York conversation
        rattling in my head

        Oh, oh, my, and what shall we wear
        Oh, oh, my, and who really cares

        Just a New York conversation
        gossip all of the time
        Did you hear who did what to whom
        happens all the time

        Who has touched and who has dabbled
        here in the city of shows
        Openings, closings, bad repartee
        everybody knows

        Oh, how sad and why do we call
        Oh, I'm glad to hear from you all

        I am calling, yes I'm calling
        just to speak to you
        For I know this night will kill me
        if I can't be with you

        If I can't be with you



* all the strings downtuned a whole-tone

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



        {E/B}{A/B}{C#m/G#}{C#m.G#/C#m}   (I was sleeping ...)
        {A/B}{E/B}{A/B}{E.B/E}           (Who is on the other ...)

        {E/B}{A/B}{C#m/G#}{C#m.G#/C#m}   (Did you see what she ...)
        {A/B}{E/B}{A/B}{E.B/E}           (Just a New York ...)

        {C/B}{E.B/E}{A/B}{E.B/E}         (Oh, oh, my, and what ...)
        {C/B}{E.B/E}{A/B}{E.B/E}         (Oh, oh, my, and who ...)

        {E/B}{A/B}{C#m/G#}{C#m.G#/C#m}   (Just a New York ...)
        {A/B}{E/B}{A/B}{E.B/E}           (Did you hear who did ...)

        {E/B}{A/B}{C#m/G#}{C#m.G#/C#m}   (Who has touched and ...)
        {A/B}{E/B}{A/B}{E.B/E}           (Openings, closings ...)

        {C/B}{E.B/E}{A/B}{E.B/E}         (Oh, how sad and why ...)
        {C/B}{E.B/E}{A/B}{E.B/E}         (Oh, I'm glad to hear ...)

        {E/B}{A/B}{C#m/G#}{C#m.G#/C#m}   (I am calling, yes I'm ...)
        {A/B}{E/B}{A/B}{E.B/E}           (For I know this night ...)

        {A/E(onG#)}{F#m/B}{E...          (- I can't be with you)




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* chords for standard-tuning



        {D/A}{G/A}{Bm/F#}{Bm.F#/Bm}   (I was sleeping, gently ...)
        {G/A}{D/A}{G/A}{D.A/D}        (Who is on the other end ...)

        {D/A}{G/A}{Bm/F#}{Bm.F#/Bm}   (Did you see what she did ...)
        {G/A}{D/A}{G/A}{D.A/D}        (Just a New York ...)

        {A#/A}{D.A/D}{G/A}{D.A/D}     (Oh, oh, my, and what ...)
        {A#/A}{D.A/D}{G/A}{D.A/D}     (Oh, oh, my, and who ...)

        {D/A}{G/A}{Bm/F#}{Bm.F#/Bm}   (Just a New York ...)
        {G/A}{D/A}{G/A}{D.A/D}        (Did you hear who did ...)

        {D/A}{G/A}{Bm/F#}{Bm.F#/Bm}   (Who has touched and who ...)
        {G/A}{D/A}{G/A}{D.A/D}        (Openings, closings, bad ...)

        {A#/A}{D.A/D}{G/A}{D.A/D}     (Oh, how sad and why do ...)
        {A#/A}{D.A/D}{G/A}{D.A/D}     (Oh, I'm glad to hear ...)

        {D/A}{G/A}{Bm/F#}{Bm.F#/Bm}   (I am calling, yes I'm ...)
        {G/A}{D/A}{G/A}{D.A/D}        (For I know this night ...)

        {G/D(onF#)}{Em/A}{D...        (- I can't be with you)




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thanks: Kirill Rodionov (thaumaturge@chat.ru)
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"New York Telephone Conversation"


...
here in the city of shows
Openings, closings, bad repartee
everybody knows


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thanks: Matt Heydon (geronimo@froggy.com.au)
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In the version on your website the last line of this song
(if I can't be with you..) has the chords;

{ A / G#m }  { F#m / B }  { E...

The G#m should be an E played with a G# bass.
There is only one note difference
(E rather than Eb in the right hand)
but it does make a difference.


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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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