Operator (That's Not The Away It Feels)

Words & Music:

Jim Croce


G   Bm              C       D7sus4     G

Operator, could you help me place this call?

Am7                        D                    Em      D  D/C#  D/B  D/A

You see, the number on the matchbook is old and faded.

G                 Bm         C        D7sus4    G

She's living in L.A. with my best old ex-friend Ray.

Am7            D                           Em       D  D/C#  D/B  D/A

A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated.



G              C               G               C          D

Isn't that the way they say it goes? But let's forget all that.

G                          Am

And give me the number, if you can find it.

   C D   Em           Bm            D           Am

So I can call just to tell them I'm fine and to show

Am       D7                              C

I've overcome the blow.  I've learned to take it well.

G              Am7                         C

I only wish my words could just convince myself


That it just wasn't real.

    C                     G   Bm    Am    D

But that's not the way it feels.


Operator, could you help me place this call?

'Cause I can read the number that you just gave me.

There's something in my eyes.

You know it happens every time.

I think about the love that I thought would save me.




Operator, let's forget about this call.

There's no one there I really wanted to talk to.

Thank you for your time, you've been so much more than kind.

And you can keep the dime.




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