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How Many Friends  The Who

By The Who
From Who By Numbers, 1975
Written by Pete Townshend
transcribed by
Justin Fox (also, if you get a chance, check out my band at
Capo on 3
[F] [Gm] [Eb] [Bb] [Gm7] [F]  
[F] I'm feelin' so [Gm]good right now
There's a [Eb]handsome boy tells me [Bb]how I [Gm7]changed his [F]past
He buys me a [Gm]brandy
[Eb] Or could it be he's [Bb]really just [Gm7]after my [F]ass?
He likes the [Gm]clothes I wear
[Eb] He says he likes a [Bb]man to [Gm7]dress in [F]season
But no one [Gm]else ever stares,[Eb] he's being so kin[Bb]d
Gm7 C-->
What's the reason?
[C] How many [G]friends have I[Am] reall[F]y got?
You can count 'em on one [G]hand
[C] How many [G]friends have I [Am]really [F]got?[G]
[C] How many [G]friends have I [Am]really [F]got?
That [Bb]love [F]me, that [Bb]want [F]me, that'll [Bb]take [F/A]me [Gm]as [Gm7]I [C]am?
Suddenly it's a silver screen
And a face so beautiful that I have to cry out
Everybody hears me
Well, I look like a fool, now, if I try and I shy out
She knows all of my friends
But it's nice to find a woman who'll stay on late
But now I think I've reached the end
I wonder in the dead of night, how do I rate?
(repeat chorus)
[Cm] It's all like a [Cm/Bb]dream you know
When you're [Bb]still up early in the [F]morning
[Gm] And you all sit to[F]gether to watch the [Eb]sun come through
[Cm] But things don't [Cm/Bb]look so good
When you could [Ab]use a bit of warning
[Fm] Then you know that no one will ever [C/G]speak the truth about [G]you.
(repeat chorus)
When I first signed the contract, it was more than a handshake then
I know it still is, but there's a plain fact
We talk so much shit behind each other's backs, I get the willies
People know nothing about their own soft guts
So how come they can sum us up
Without suffering all the hype we've known
How come they bum us up
(repeat chorus)
one of the best songs on the album.

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