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                The Late Great Johnny Ace – Paul Simon
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: 2 steps down

Paul Simon
The Late Great Johnny Ace (1983)
(Paul Simon)

From: "Hearts and Bones"

This is a transcription of the “Original Acoustic Demo” of the song 
(a bonus track on the 2011 remaster of the album) – which still works well
with the finished studio version. 

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INTRO
  Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|--0-----------0-|--0-------------|--0-----------0-|--0-------------|
A|3---3-------0---|3---3-----------|3---3-------0---|3---3-----------|
F|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|
C|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|
G|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|
D|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|

VERSE 1 and 2 (= 2 times)
  Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        A       A7
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|--0-----------0-|--0-------------|--0-------------|----------------|
A|3---3-------0---|3---3-----------|3---3-------0---|2-3-5-3-2---2---|
F|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|2-----2-1-2-----|2-------0-------|
C|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|
G|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|0-------0-------|
D|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|----------------|
  D   G/D D/A D7   G        C7      Bm7      Em      F#
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|2---3---2-------|--------|0---0-----------|--0---0---------|
A|3---0---3---3---|0---0---|1---1---3---3---|----4-----3-2-3-|
F|2---0-0-2-2-5---|0---0---|3---3---2---2---|0------(3)------|
C|0---0-------0---|--0---0-|2-------4-------|2------(4)------|
G|--------0-------|--------|3-------2-------|----------------|
D|----------------|3-------|----------------|0-------2-------|
  B7sus2  Gmaj7    Bm7     Em7      A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 
d|----------------|----2-----------|------------|
A|2-3-2-3-------3-|--3---3---3---3-|3-2---2-----|
F|2-----------4---|--2---------0---|2---4-------|
C|4---------4-----|--4-------2-----|2-----------|
G|2---------------|2---------------|0--------(0)|
D|--------3-------|--------0-------|------------|
                                             (to MIDDLE PART only)
MIDDLE PART
     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)         A7(no3rd)
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|----------------|------------0---|----------------|----------------|
A|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3----3--|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|
F|----------------|--------------X-|----------------|----------------|
C|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4-------|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|
G|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0-----|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)         A7(no3rd)
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|
F|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
C|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|
G|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)        Db/A          
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     C/A Dm/A D/A     C/A G/A   G#dim         G7
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 
d|----------------|----------------|----------------|------------------------|
A|3---5---3---0---|3---5---8---6---|3---2---1---0---|------3-------3---------|
F|----------------|----------------|----------------|----4-------4-4-----4---|
C|4---5---4---0---|4---5---10--7---|4---3---2---0---|--3-------3---3---3-----|
G|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|------------------------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|4-------4-----3---------|
  A7-9
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  
d|----------3-----|
A|------2---------|
F|----3-----------|
C|--2-------------|
G|0-------0-----0-|
D|----------------|
     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)         A7(no3rd)
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|3---5---3---0---|
F|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
C|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|4---5---4---0---|
G|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)        Db/A          
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     C/A Dm/A D/A     C/A G/A   G
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
d|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|3---5---3---0---|3---5---8---6---|3---2---1---0---|----0-----------|
F|----------------|----------------|----------------|----0-------0---|
C|4---5---4---0---|4---5---10--7---|4---3---2---0---|--0---0---0---0-|
G|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|----------------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|3-------3-------|
  C7/9             Fmaj7        Bbmaj7       Fmaj7        C7-9
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 +
d|----------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|------------|
A|----3-------3---|1-----------|3-----------|1-----------|----2-------|
F|----3-------3---|2-----------|2-----------|2-----------|----3-------|
C|--2---2---2-----|------------|------------|------------|------------|
G|3-------3-------|------------|1-----------|------------|3-----------|
D|----------------|1-----------|------------|0-----------|------------|


INTRO
  Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|--0-----------0-|--0---------0---|--0-----------0-|--0---------0---|
A|3---3-------0---|3---3-----------|3---3-------0---|3---3-----------|
F|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|
C|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|
G|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|
D|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|

VERSE 3 (2 times)
  Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        Bbmaj7  E        A       A7
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|--0-----------0-|--0---------0---|--0-----------0-|----------------|
A|3---3-------0---|3---3-----0---0-|3---3-------0---|2-3-5-3-2---2---|
F|2-----2-1-2-----|2-----2-1-------|2-----2-1-2-----|2-------0-0---0-|
C|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|--------2-------|
G|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|0-------0-------|
D|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|----------------|
  D   G/D D/A D7   G        C7      Bm7      Em      F#
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|2---3---2-------|--------|0---0-----------|--0---0---------|
A|3---0---3---3---|0---1-3-|3---3---3---3---|----4-----2-3---|
F|2-2-0-0-2-2-5---|0---0-0-|3-----3-2---2---|0---------3-----|
C|0---0-------0---|--------|--------4-----4-|2---------------|
G|--------0-------|----0-2-|3-------2-------|----------------|
D|----------------|3-------|----------------|0-------2-------|
  B7sus2  Gmaj7    Bm7     Em7      A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 
d|----------------|----2-----------|------------|
A|2-3-2-3-------3-|--3---3---3---3-|3-2---2-----|
F|2-----------4---|--2---------0---|2---4-------|
C|4---------4-----|--4-------2-----|2-----------|
G|2---------------|2---------------|0---------0-|
D|--------3-------|--------0-------|------------|
                                             

ENDING (freely)

  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d|------------3---|--0---1---0-----|----------------|----------------|
A|3---5---3\--0---|--1---1---1---3-|--0---1---0---2-|--3---5---3-----|
F|------------0---|--0---2---0---3-|--0---0---0---2-|----------------|
C|4---5-----------|--2---3---2---3-|--0---2---0---2-|--4---5---4-----|
G|--0---0-5\------|3-------3---1---|------------0---|0---0---0-------|
D|---------/3-----|----1-----------|3---3---3-------|----------------|

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On the finished recording there is a change in the picking pattern of the MIDDLE PART.
It is a mix of the original tabbed above and this one here:

     A7(no3rd)        A7(no3rd)     
 D/A     D/A  G/A D/A     D/A  G/A 
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  
d|----------------|----------------|
A|-3---5---3---0--|-3---5---3---0--|
F|----------------|----------------|
C|--4---5---4---0-|--4---5---4---0-|
G|0---0---0---0---|0---0---0---0---|
D|----------------|----------------|


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VERSE
I was reading a magazine
And thinking of a rock and roll song
The year was nineteen fiftysix
And I hadn't been playing that long
When a man came on the radio
And this is what he said
He said I hate to break it to his fans
But Johnny Ace is dead, yeah, yeah, yeah

VERSE
Well, I really wasn't
Such a Johnny Ace fan
But I felt bad alI the same
So I sent away for his photograph
And I wait untill it came
It came all the way from Texas
With a sad and sim-ple face
And they signed it on the bottom
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From the Late Great Johnny Ace, yeah, yeah, yeah

MIDDLE 8
It was the year of The Beatles
It was the year of The Stones
It was nineteen sixtyfour
I was living in London
With the girl from the summer be-fore

It was the year of The Beatles
It was the year of The Stones
A year after J.F.K.
We were staying up all night
And giving the days away
And the music was flowing amazing
And blowing my way


VERSE
On a cold December evening
I was walking through the Christmas tide
When a stranger came up and asked me
If I'd heard John Lennon had died
And the two of us went to this bar
And we stayed to close the place
And every song we played
Was for The Late Great Johnny Ace, yeah, yeah, yeah

            
            
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Wolfie363 55 Aug 19, 2014 09:58 AM

This tab is PERFECT!!!! Nice job!

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