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Bell Boy

By The Who

>From Quadrophenia, 1973

Written by Pete Townshend ©1973 Fabulous Music Ltd.

 

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transcribed by

litgo@aol.com

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Capo on 1

 

Eb5 x11346 & 6688xx Bb x1333x

Eb xx1343 F7/A xx1211

Ab/Eb (4)x1144 Abm6 4x1331

Db/Eb x41121 & x41124 Fmaj7 xx3555

Ab/C (Eb bass)* x31144 Fii xxx565

F7sus4 = Bbsus4/F x8886x Fmaj7ii xxx555

Eb7sus4 = Absus4/Eb x6664x F7ii xxx545

Ab6 xx6541 Abii xxx544

Cm7 x35343 F 133533

Dm xx7765 Ab 4x1144

C x355xx Db x466xx

Ebsus2 xx1341

[*no Ab bass, so default to C bottom; bass plays Eb]

 

[Gtr 1, top, acoustic; Gtr 2, bottom, electric]

 

[intro; synth arr for acoustic]

//|Eb Cm|Db/Eb Ab/Eb|Eb Ab/Eb|Db/Eb |

//|Eb5 | | | //|

 

|Eb Cm|Db/Eb Ab/Eb|Eb Ab/Eb|Db/Eb |

|Eb | | | |

 

[verse; acoustic in]

||Eb Ab/Eb |Db/Eb Ab/C|

|| | |

A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the

 

|Eb Ab/Eb |Db/Eb Ab/Eb|

| | |

Only soul in the world that's real

 

|Eb Ab/Eb|Db/Eb Ab/Eb //|Eb Ab/Eb|Db/Eb Ab/C||

| | | | ||

 

But I see a face coming through the haze

I remember him from those crazy days, crazy days, crazy days

 

//|Cm7 Ab |Cm7 F|

//|Cm7 | //|

Ain't you the guy who used to set the paces

 

|Cm7 Ab |Cm7 F|

|Cm7 | //|

Riding up in front of a hundred faces

|Cm7 Ab |Cm7 F |

|Cm7 | //|

I don't suppose you would remember me but

 

|Cm7 Ab |Cm7 F|

|Cm7 |[pick slide]

I used to follow you back in '63

 

||:F Dm|Eb Ab|Bb C|Db Eb :||[repeat through spoken]

||:F Dm|Eb Ab|Bb C|Db Eb :||2

 

[spoken]

I've got a good job and I'm newly born

You should see me dressed up in my uniform

I work in an hotel, all gilt and flash

Remember the gap where the doors we smashed?

 

 

|Bb F7/A Bb| |

| | |

Bell Boy, I got to get running now

Bell Boy, Keep my lip buttoned down

Bell Boy, Carry this baggage out

Bell Boy, Always running at someone's bleedin'

 

|F7sus4 |Bb |Eb7sus4 |Ab6 |

| | | | |

Heel You know how I feel

 

|Abm6 |Ebsus2 | | | |

| | | | | |

Always running at someone's heel

 

|Fmaj7 Cmaj7 |D |

| | |

Some nights I still sleep on the beach,

 

|Fmaj7 Cmaj7 |D |

| | |

Remember when stars were in reach

 

|Fii Fmaj7ii |F7ii |

| | |

I wander in early to work

 

|Abii |Eb Ebsus2|Eb Ebsus2|Eb |

| | | | |

Spend my day lickin' boots for my perks

 

[repeat verse]

A beach is a place where a man can feel

He's the only soul in the world that's real

 

But I see a face coming through the haze

I remember him from those crazy days, crazy days, crazy days, crazy days

 

Ain't you the guy who used to set the paces

Riding up in front of a hundred faces

I don't suppose you would remember me

But I used to follow you back in '63

 

People often change but when I look in your eyes

You can learn a lot from a life like mine

The secret to me, it ain't flown up a flag

I carry it behind this bleeding little badge, what says:

 

Bell Boy, I gotta get running now

Bell Boy, Keep your lip buttoned down

Bell Boy, Carry the bloody baggage out

Bell Boy, Always running at someone's heel,

You know how I feel, always running at someone's heel

 

Ebsus2

|------|-----|----|----|

|<11---|-----|<11-|----|

|------|-----|----|----|

|------|-----|----|----|

|------|-----|----|----|

|------|-----|----|----|

 

 

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litgo@aol.com

 

 

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