The Red Telephone
(Arthur Lee)

Last Update: 03. oktober 2003

This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song.
You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.



   acoustic 12-string:
   Cmaj7           Am    G      F#7            F     F#
          /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /
Verse 1:
   C            Am  G  F#7
        Sitting on a hillside
                          F F#   D
        Watching all the people die
              G         C             E     A
        I'll feel much better on the other side
        I'll thumb a ride
   Am                  G      F#7            F    F#
        /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /
Verse 2/3:
   I believe in magic
        Why, because it is so quick
        I don't need power when I'm hypnotized
                    Am    G
        Look in my eyes
        F#7                  F  F#
        What are you seeing (I see...)
        How do you feel?
           G         C             E      A
        I feel real phony when my name is   Phil
                     Am    G  F#7   F  F#
        Or was that Bill?
          /  /  /  /    /  /  /  /
   BbaddE [xx8760]    AaddB [xx7657]     [2X]
           /  /  /  /        /  /  /  /
   BbaddE       AaddB
        Life goes on here
        BbaddE    AaddB
        Day after day
        E           Fmaj7
        I don't know if I am living or if I'm
        C           E
        Supposed to be
        D                          C
          Sometimes my life is so eerie
          And if you think I'm happy
         C   G/B    A
        Paint me (white)
   BbaddE             AaddB        [2X]
           /  /  /  /        /  /  /  /
   I've been here once
        I've been here twice
        I don't know if the third's the fourth or if the -
        The fifth's to fix
        Sometimes I deal with numbers
        And if you wanna count me
        Count me out
[repeat intro w/bass and drums]
Verse 4:
   I don't need the time of day
        Anytime with me's OK
        I just don't want you using up my time
        'Cause that's not right
   [repeat 3X:]
        Am                A
        / / / /  / / / /  / / / /  / / / /
   [repeat 3X:]
        They're locking them up today
        They're throwing away the key
        I wonder who it'll be tomorrow, you or me?
           We're all normal and we want our freedom
        Freedom... freedom... freedom... freedom
        Am                                A
        Freedom... freedom... freedom... freedom
   [continue with Am - A progression as above, to fade]
   (spoken:) Alla God's chilluns gotta have dere freedom
-- another ace 60's tab from Andrew Rogers