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Razor boy

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		Razor Boy - by Steely Dan (Becker/Fagen)
		----------------------------------------


Transcribed by Joe Hankin  (wetzil@hotmail.com)
Additions/edits by Howard Wright  (Howard@jmdl.com)

From the album "Countdown to Ecstasy"


Capo 1 (or tune up half a step)


Chord Shapes:
-------------

EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE
244222   xx4454   xx0232   x0222x   02203x

  F#m     E/F#      D         A      Em7


EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE
2x023x   3x000x   x57565   355433   x2424x

 D/F#      G        Dm7    G(III)     B7


EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE
3x443x   022100   x46654   x4222x   xx3210

Gmaj7      E       C#m      A/C#     Fmaj7




Verse 1:
---------

F#m            E/F#       D           A      Em7
I hear you are singing a song of the past; I see no tears 

F#m             E/F#          D          A        Em7      D/F#
I know that you know that it may be the last for many years 

G		      A              D            A      G
You'd gamble or give anything to be in with the better half 

G              A                      D            A         G
But how many friends must I have to begin with to make you laugh 

Dm7   G(III)   Dm7   G(III)   Fmaj7



Chorus:
-------

A        	       B7	
Will you still have a song to sing when 

       Gmaj7                              F#m              E F#m
The razor boy comes and takes your fancy things away?

F#m                  C#m               D        A/C#  E      D E
Will you still be singing it on that cold and windy day? 



Verse 2:
---------

F#m		  E/F#      D            A        Em7             
You know that the coming is so close at hand, you feel all right 

F#m          E/F#      D          A         Em7        D/F#        
I guess only women in cages can stand this kind of night 

G             A            	 D             A           G
I guess only women in cages can play down the things they lose 

G              A                          D             A    G
You think no tomorrow will come when you lay down you can't refuse 

Dm7   G(III)   Dm7   G(III)   Fmaj7


[Chorus]


[Solo: 1st half of verse chords]


G             A                  D              A          G
I guess only women in cages can play down the things they lose 

G              A                       	D            A     G
You think no tomorrow will come when you lay down you can't refuse 

Dm7   G(III)   Dm7   G(III)   Fmaj7


[Chorus]


[Ending: F#m E/F# D A]



You can vary the chords a little from the ones given above. For the interlude
(before the chorus) I think Dm7 sounds good, but a straight Dm is fine too.
Also, a lot of the G and A chords can be played as Gadd9 and Aadd9 chords, to
vary the sound a little. E.g try playing x0242x instead of x0222x once in a
while. (On the original, the piano plays mostly Aadd9 and Gadd9, instead of
plain A and G).
	
	

Authors

Person Music Lyrics
Donald Fagen Yes Yes
Walter Becker Yes Yes

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