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Operator  Grateful Dead

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 11:52:55 -0800
From: Peter Poirier
Subject: CRD: g/grateful_dead/operator.crd
From: Peter Poirier (peterp@hde.com)
Song: Operator
Group: Grateful Dead
Written By: Ron McKernan
This is one of the few Dead tunes by the late, great, Pigpen. In it
I've included my neophyte attempt at transcribing his smokin'
harmonica solo. Most of the hole 3 suck notes should be preceded
by a short grace note bend.
Intro: F / / / C / A7 Dm Dm / / C F F / / / F / / /
[F]Operator, can you help me? Help me if you please
[Bb]Give me the right area code and the [F]number that I need
[G]My rider left upon a [C]midnight flyer[A7]
[Dm]Singin' like a summe[C]r b[F]reeze
[F]Think she's somewhere down south, down about Baton Rouge
[Bb]I just cain't remember no number, a [F]number I can use
[G]Directory don't have it, [C]central done forgot it[A7]
[Dm]Got to find a number[C] to[F] use
Break (play the intro here)
Tryin' to check out a number, tryin' to run down a line
Operator said that's privileged information and it ain't no business o' mine
It's floodin' down in Texas, the poles are down in Utah
Got to find a private line
She could be hanging 'round a steel mill, working in a house of blue light
Riding a get-away bus out of Portland, talkin' to the night
I don't know where she's gone, I don't care where she's been
Long as she's been doin' it right
(now slap that Bb harp in your rack & blow with all yer might like so...)
[F] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/]  
 
 -3 -3 -3 -4 -3 ~3 -3 -3

[F] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/]  
 
 6 -5 -4 4 3 ~3 -2 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3

[Bb] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/]  
 
 -3 ~3 -2 -3 ~3 -2 -3 ~3 -2 -3 ~3 -2 3 3 3 

[F] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/] [/]  
 
 -4 -5 -4 -3 ~3 -2 -3 -3 

[F] [/] [/] [/] [C] [/] [/] [A7] [Dm] 
[Dm]Long as she's been doing it ri[F]ght
Notes on harp tab:
3 means blow hole 3
-3 means suck hole 3
~3 means suck & bend hole 3

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