Paperback Writer

Words & Music:

John Lennon & Paul McCartney


This is fully transcribed in Guitar World and in the July/August issue of Guitar Edge.


Intro riff:  [2x at beginning - 1x as transition between verses - vamp and out at end]








[n.c. - sung over riff]

Paperback writer [3x, 3 parts, one measure apart]

     G7  [actually guitar toggles between G5 & G6]

Dear Sir or Madam will you read my book?


It took me years to write, will you take a look?


It's based on a novel by a man named Lear

G7                                           C                 G7

And I need a job so I want to be a paperback writer, paperback writer.


It's the dirty story of a dirty man

And his clinging wife doesn't understand.

His son is working for the Daily Mail.

It's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer,

Paperback writer.


It's a thousand pages give or take a few,

I'll be writ-ing more in a week or two.

I can make longer if you like the style,

I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer,

Paperback writer.


If you really like it you can have the rights,

It could make a million for you overnight.

If you must return it, you can send it here,

But I need a break, and I want to be a paperback writer,

Paperback writer.


[n.c. - sung under riff - vamp and out]

Paperback writer, paperback writer.

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