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A quite easy song to play. Remember the intro well 'cause you're going
to use it often in the song. Listen to the record closely to get the
rhythm correctly. 

Capo on the 4th fret

Play these first two measures twice:

      G
e|-|----------------|-----------------------||
B|-|----------------|--0h1p0--0h1p0--0h1p0--||
G|-|----------------|-----------------------||
D|-|----------------|--0h2p0--0h2p0--0h2p0--||
A|-|----------------|-----------------------||
E|-|--3------3---3--|-----------------------||


     G
e|------------------|----------------|-----------------------|
B|------------------|----------------|--0h1p0--0h1p0--0h1p0--|
G|------------------|----------------|-----------------------|
D|------------------|----------------|--0h2p0--0h2p0--0h2p0--|
A|------------------|----------------|-----------------------|
E|---3-----3--3---3-|--3------3---3--|-----------------------|

                A w.. day


     G                 C                 G
e|------------------|-----------------|---------------|-------------------|
B|------------------|--1----1--1---1--|---------------|-0h1p0-0h1p0-0h1p0-|
G|------------------|--0----0--0---0--|---------------|-------------------|
D|------------------|--2----2--2---2--|---------------|-0h2p0-0h2p0-0h2p0-|
A|------------------|-----------------|---------------|-------------------|
E|---3-----3--3---3-|--3----3--3---3--|--3-----3--3---|-------------------|

                 in a deep  and dark December


     G                 Am                D                 C
e|-------------3----|--0---0---0---0--|--2---2---2---2--|-----------------|
B|----------0--0----|--1---1---1---1--|--3---3---3---3--|--1--------------|
G|----------0--0-0--|--2---2---2---2--|--2---2---2---2--|--0---0----------|
D|-------------0-0--|--2---2---2---2--|--0---0---0---0--|--2---2----------|
A|---------------0--|--0---0---0---0--|-----------------|--3-------2---0--|
E|---3--3-3----0----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                               I         am          a - lone  


     G                                   Am                Bm
e|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--2---2---2---2--|
B|-------------0----|-----0-----0-----|--1---1---1---1--|--3---3---3---3--|
G|-------------0----|-----0-----0-----|--2---2---2---2--|--4---4---4---4--|
D|-------------0----|-----0-----0-----|--2---2---2---2--|--4---4---4---4--|
A|------------------|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|--2---2---2---2--|
E|---3------3-------|--3-----3--------|-----------------|-----------------|

                                   gazing    from  my   window


     Am                Bm                Am                C
e|------------------|--2---2---2------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|---1---1---1------|--3---3---3------|--1---1---1------|--1---1---1------|
G|---2---2---2------|--4---4---4------|--2---2---2------|--0---0---0------|
D|---2---2---2---0--|--4---4---4---0--|--2---2---2---0--|--2---2---2---0--|
A|---0---0---0---0--|--2---2---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--3---3---3---0--|
E|---------------0--|--------------0--|--------------0--|--3---3---3---0--|

   to the streets below         on a    freshly fallen   silent shroud of


     D                 C   D   C   D     G                 C   D   C   D
e|---2---2---2---0--|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|-----------------|
B|---3---3---3---3--|--1---3---1---3--|--0---0---0---0--|--1---3---1---3--|
G|---2---2---2---2--|--0---2---0---2--|--0---0---0---0--|--0---2---0---2--|
D|---0---0---0---0--|--2---0---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--2---0---2---0--|
A|---0---0---0---0--|--3---0---3---0--|--2---2---2---2--|--3---0---3---0--|
E|------------------|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|-----------------|

   snow               I   am   a  rock                     I  am  an  is-


     D                                   G
e|---2---2---2---2--|-----------------||-------------|-------------------||
B|---3---3---3---3--|-----------------||-------------|-0h1p0-0h1p0-0h1p0-||
G|---2---2---2---2--|--------%--------||-------------|-------------------||
D|---0---0---0---0--|-----------------||-------------|-0h2p0-0h2p0-0h2p0-||
A|---0---0---0---0--|-----------------||-------------|-------------------||
E|------------------|-----------------||-3-----3--3--|-------------------||

      -      -      -      -      land    [play these 2 measures twice]


     G              *  G                         C   G
e|------------------|-----------------|----------3------|--3----------3---|
B|------------------|------------0----|------0---1---0--|--0----------0---|
G|------------------|---------0--0----|------0---0---0--|--0----------0---|
D|------------------|---------0--0----|------0---2---0--|--0----------0---|
A|------------------|------------2----|-----------------|-----------------|
E|---3----3--3---3--|--3---------3----|--3---3---3---3--|--3-------3--3---|

            I've built walls


     G                 C                 G                         C   G
e|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------3------|
B|-------0---0---0--|--1---1-1---1-1--|--0---0-------0--|------0---1---0--|
G|-------0---0---0--|--0---0-0---0-0--|--0----0------0--|------0---0---0--|
D|-------0---0---0--|--2---2-2---2-2--|--0-----0-----0--|------0---2---0--|
A|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|---3--------------|--3---3-3---3-3--|--3--------3--3--|--3---3---3---3--|

                 a fortress deep and mighty


     G                                   Am                D
e|---3---3---3---3--|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|--2---2---2---2--|
B|---0---0---0---0--|-----------------|--1---1---1---1--|--3---3---3---3--|
G|---0---0---0---0--|--------%--------|--2---2---2---2--|--2---2---2---2--|
D|---0---0---0---0--|-----------------|--2---2---2---2--|--0---0---0---0--|
A|------------------|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|-----------------|
E|---3---3---3---3--|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                                  that none               may


     C                 G                                   Am
e|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------0------|
B|------------------|------------0----|-----0------0----|--1---1---1------|
G|------------------|------------0----|-----0------0----|--2---2---2------|
D|---2--------------|------------0----|-----0------0----|--2---2---2------|
A|---3-----2----0---|-----------------|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|
E|------------------|--3------3-------|--3------3-------|-----------------|

    pen -       e -  trate                          I    have  no need of


     Bm                Am                Bm                Am
e|---2---2---2------|-----------------|--2---2---2------|--0---0---0------|
B|---3---3---3------|--1---1---1------|--3---3---3------|--1---1---1------|
G|---4---4---4------|--2---2---2------|--4---4---4------|--2---2---2------|
D|---4---4---4---0--|--2---2---2---0--|--4---4---4---0--|--2---2---2---0--|
A|---2---2---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--2---2---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|
E|---------------0--|--------------0--|--------------0--|--------------0--|

   friendship         friendship causes pain        it's  laughter and it's


     C                 D                 C   D   C   D     G
e|------------------|--2---2---2---0--|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|
B|---1---1---1------|--3---3---3---3--|--1---3---1---3--|--0---0---0---0--|
G|---0---0---0------|--2---2---2---2--|--0---2---0---2--|--0---0---0---0--|
D|---2---2---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--2---0---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|
A|---3---3---3---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--3---0---3---0--|--2---2---2---2--|
E|---3---3---3---0--|-----------------|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|

     loving  I  dis - dain               I  am   a  rock


     C   D   C   D     D                                   G
e|------------------|--2---2---2---2--|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|
B|---1---3---1---3--|--3---3---3---3--|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|
G|---0---2---0---2--|--2---2---2---2--|--------%--------|--0---0---0---0--|
D|---2---0---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|-----------------|--0---0---0---0--|
A|---3---0---3---0--|--0---0---0---0--|-----------------|--2---2---2---2--|
E|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--3---3---3---3--|

     I  am  an  is-    -       -        -       -       land


     G       C   G     G                         C   G     G
e|---3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|
B|---0---0---1---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--0---0---1---0--|--0---0---0---0--|
G|---0---0---0---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--0---0---0---0--|
D|---0---0---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|--0---0---2---0--|--0---0---0---0--|
A|---2---2----------|--2---2---2---2--|--2---2----------|--2---2---2---2--|
E|---3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|--3---3---3---3--|



     G       C   G
e|---3---3---3---3--|
B|---0---0---1---0--|
G|---0---0---0---0--|
D|---0---0---2---0--|
A|---2---2----------|
E|---3---3---3---3--|


Now return to * and repeat for verses 3 and 4.  Then finish with:

       Am        D       G                                 Am
e|-----0---------2--|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----1---------3--|----0------0-----|--0---0---0---0--|--1------1--1----|
G|-----2---------2--|----0------0-----|--0---0---0---0--|--2------1--1----|
D|-----2---------0--|----0------0-----|--0---0---0---0--|--2------2--2----|
A|-----0------------|-----------------|-----------------|--0------0--0----|
E|------------------|----3------3-----|--3---3---3---3--|-----------------|

 and a rock can feel no pain                     and an  island


     D                G [ repeat these 3 measures 3 times ]
e|---2-----2--------||----------------|-------------------||--------------|
B|---3-----3--------||----------------|-0h1p0-0h1p0-0h1p0-||--------------|
G|---2-----2--------||----------------|-------------------||--------------|
D|---0-----0--------||----------------|-0h2p0-0h2p0-0h2p0-||--------------|
A|------------------||----------------|-------------------||--------------|
E|------------------||-3------3--3----|-------------------||---3----------|

    ne -  ver        cries


Lyrics:

A winter's day,
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below,
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock.
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship.
Friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock.
I am an island.

Don't talk of love.
Well I've heard the word before.
It's sleeping in my memory,
And I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock.
I am an island.

I have my books,
And my poetry to protect me.
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room,
Safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock.
I am an island.

And a rock can feel no pain.
And an island never cries.


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| h  Hammer-on
| p  Pull-off
| %  indicates a repeat of the previous measure.

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joneso21164 10 Aug 21, 2013 07:33 AM

Listening to the song as on 'The Definitive Simon and Garfunkel Collection', the tab sounds a semitone too low - easily remedied by putting capo on 5th fret instead of 4th.

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