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    Tom Waits

    Capo 1


    Intro:  / D - A7 - / D - A7 - /

                 / Bm - A - / G - - - /  (progression x2)


    D    A7       D          A7            Bm         A      G

    Operator, number, please: it's been so many years

            D       A7        D          A7    Bm    A                G

    Will she remember my old voice while I fight the tears?

    D            B7        Em      A7         D       B7        Em     A7

    Hello, hello there, is this Martha? this is old Tom Frost,

          D       B7        Em           A7       Bm      A                G

    And I am calling long distance, don't worry 'bout the cost.

              D            B7     Em        A7              D         B7      Em     A7

    'Cause it's been forty years or more, now Martha please recall,

    D             B7      Em   A7                 Bm    A       G

    Meet me out for coffee, where we'll talk about it all.



              D                             G        D                G

    And those were the days of roses, poetry and prose and Martha

    Bm                G                     Em     A     D

    All I had was you and all you had was me.

    D                       G                    D                       G

    There was no tomorrows, we'd packed away our sorrows

                Bm              G    Em  A     D

    And we saved them for a rainy day.


    / D - A7 - / D - A7 - /

    / Bm - A - / G - - - / 


           D       A7        D          A7       Bm               A        G

    And I feel so much older now, and you're much older too,

    D                 A7                 D                A7                  Bm         A    

    How's your husband? and how's the kids? you know that I got married



    D         B7        Em           A7         D               B7       Em     A7

    Lucky that you found someone to make you feel secure,

                 D        B7      Em            A7       Bm      A         G

    'Cause we were all so young and foolish, now we are mature.




    / D - A7 - / D - A7 - /

    / Bm - A - / G - - - /  (progression x2)


           D       A7        D    A7           Bm          A      G

    And I was always so impulsive, I guess that I still am,

           D          A7      D              A7       Bm A              G

    And all that really mattered then was that I was a man.

        D            B7    Em      A7             D       B7          Em  A7

    I guess that our being together was never meant to be.

             D      B7  Em    A7   Bm         A           G

    And Martha,    Martha,   I love you can't you see?




    / D - A7 - / D - A7 - /

    / Bm - A - / G - - - / 


           D     A7         D          A7    Bm            A         G

    And I remember quiet evenings trembling close to you...

    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.