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America chords

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Simon and Garfunkel
Capo 3
Readjusted by Alex Olson.

A few notes:
+This song is in 3/4 time, with each chord (unless noted) lasting one bar.

+The chords are played folk style: pick the bass note first and strum the chord for the 
of the bar.

+During the "to (look for a)merica" part, the chords in parentheses (G Am G/B) are all 
one bar, lasting a quarter note each.

+During the 4 bars of F at the end of the first line of each verse, the F is played like this:

+++This chord marking is based off of the wonderful tab by Jokke at UG.
+++I displayed it in this fashion so it is easier to play along to.

Chord spellings:
+The chord Cmaj9/B is played (low to high) x20010.
+The chord D9/F# is played (low to high) 2x0230.
+The chord Fmaj7 is played (low to high) 1x3210
+The chord Dm/C is played (low to high)  x3x231
+The chord G7/B is played (low to high)  x20031
+The chord 1is played (low to high)  3x0031

C    Cmaj9/B    Am7    C/G
F     F               F          F

[Verse 1]
C         Cmaj9/B      Am7       C/G        F (4 bars)
let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together

C            Cmaj9/B                Am (4 bars)
Ive got some real estate here in my bag

Em7                    A7             Em7         A7
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and mrs. wagner pies

       D      C     (G    Am  G/B) C  Cmaj9/B   Am7   C/G  F (4 bars)  
And we walked off to look for  a - merica

[Verse 2]
C        Cmaj9/B    Am7       C/G          F (4 bars)
kathy, I said as we boarded a greyhound in pittsburgh

C        Cmaj9/B      Am (4 bars)
michigan seems like a dream to me now

G (4 bars)
It took me four days to hitchhike from saginaw

D   G       D        Cmaj7 (2 bars)   C (2 bars)
Ive gone to look for amer            -ica

[Verse 3]
Bbmaj7 (4 bars)
Laughing on the bus

        C (4 bars)
Playing games with the faces

Bbmaj7 (4 bars)                              C (4 bars)
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy

F (2 bars)            Fmaj7 (2 bars)     C  C/B  Am7  C/G  Am/F# (2 bars)  Fmaj7 (2 bars)
I said be careful his bowtie is really a camera

[Verse 4]
C         Cmaj9/B    Am7            C/G       F (4 bars)
toss me a cigarette, I think theres one in my raincoat

C             Cmaj9/B     Am (4 bars)
we smoked the last one an hour ago

Em7 (2 bars)       A7 (2 bars)  Em7 (2 bars)    A7 (2 bars)
So I looked at the scenery,     she read her    magazine

        D    C   (G Am  G/B)  C C/B  Am7   C/G    F (4bars)
And the moon rose o-ver an    o- pen field

[Verse 5]
C         Cmaj9/B   Am7            C/G          F (4 bars)
kathy, Im lost, I   said, though I knew she was sleeping

   C         Cmaj9/B    Am (4 bars)
Im empty and aching and I dont know why

G (4 bars)
Counting the cars on the new jersey turnpike

       D   G       D        Cmaj7 (2 bars)    C (2 bars)  
Theyve all gone to look for amer            -ica

D   G       D        Cmaj7 (2 bars)    C (2 bars)
All gone to look for amer            -ica

D   G       D        Cmaj7 (2 bars)    C (2 bars)
All gone to look for amer            -ica

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Thursdae 112 Oct 02, 2007 05:58 PM

This was tabbed by me.. but for some reason it didn't have me logged in.. and now I can't edit it.. even though it really needs it. Some of the chords wound up on a completely new line for no reason and just ****s up the whole tab.. hopefully it isn't that hard to figure out.

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maguri [tm] 32,106 Aug 10, 2014 01:29 PM

Edited the bugs out.

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gdglass 10 Mar 08, 2015 12:30 PM

This is really, really good. There are a few chords that I disagree with but the author's choices don't sound bad at all. This is about the best version that I've found. Thanks for posting this.

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