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This is my version of this wonderfully gorgeous song since I don?t like the version in 
the guitar book.  I
it?s more accurate to what the artist is really playing, so tell me what YOU think.


Words/Music by Paul Simon
Tablature by John Nimis


[Intro] (and filler between verses)

   G     C/G            G
e|-----H-------P--|----------------|
B|----0-1---1---0-|--0-------0-----|
G|----------------|------0-------0-| Repeat several times...
D|----0-2-----2-0-|----0-------0---|
A|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---+---+---|3---+---3---+---|


[Verses]

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

                        Am                 Gsus         C/F#
e|----------------|----------0-----|----------------|--0-------0-----|
B|--0-------0-----|--1-----------1-|--1-------1-----|------1-------1-|
G|------0-------0-|------2-----2---|------0-------0-|----0-------0---|
D|----0-------0---|----2-----------|----0-------0---|----------------|
A|----------------|0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---3---+---|+---+---+---+---|3---+---3---+---|2---+---2---+---|

        D7/F#                           G               D/F#
e|--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|----------------|----------------|
B|------1-------1-|------1-------1-|--3-------3-----|--3-------3-----|
G|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|------0-------0-|------2-------2-|
D|----------------|----------------|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|2---+---2---+---|2---+---2---+---|3---+---3---+---|2---+---2---+---|

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

        D               G
e|--2-------2-----|-----H-------P--|
B|------3-------3-|----0-1---1---0-|
G|----2-------2---|----------------|
D|0-------0-------|----0-2-----2-0-|
A|----------------|----------------|
E|+---+---+---+---|3---+---+---+---|


After the second and fourth verses he does this Dsus thing:

        G       C       Dsus                            C
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|--0-------1-----|--3-------3-----|--3-------3-----|----1-----1-----|
G|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|--------------0-|
D|----0-------2---|----4-------4---|----4-------4---|----2-------2---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---3---+---|5---+---5---+---|5---+---5---+---|3---+---3---+---|

And then right back to the filler/intro lick.

Words: (the chords are the same as the first verse for all verses except the end of the 
second - D/C/G
of Gsus/D/G)

G               C               G            Am    Gsus   C/F#   D7/F#
I hear the drizzle of the rain,       like a memory it falls
G         D/F#     G     C                Am      Gsus   D          G
Soft and warm, continuing                tapping on my roof and walls

G               C               G           Am  Gsus      C/F#    D7/F#
And from the shelter of my mind,     Through the window of my eyes
G       D/F#            G               C          Am     D                 C      G
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets,    To England where my heart lies

(Here?s where it goes to Dsus)

My mind?s distracted and diffused,     my thoughts are many miles away

They lie with you when you?re asleep,    and kiss you when you start your day


And a song I was writing is left undone     I don?t know why I spend my time

Writing songs I can?t believe     With words that tear and strain to rhyme

(Back to Dsus)

And so you see I have come to doubt       All that I once held as true

I stand alone without beliefs           The only truth I know is you


And as I watch the drops of rain                Weave their weary paths and die

I know that I am like the rain          There but for the grace of you go I

(Really cool guitar solo verse, which I may tab later...)

Note:  At the end of the third line of each verse, there is a walkup from G to C that 
Paul Simon loves to
(Homeward Bound, Boxer, etc...) and he alternates from the single note walk I put in the 
tab at that spot
a more common (and cooler) walkup:

e|----------------|0---------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----0---1---3---|----------1-----|----------------|----------------|
G|----------------|------0-------0-|---etc...-------|----------------|
D|----------------|----2-------2---|----------------|----------------|
A|--------0---2---|3---------------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---3---+---+---|+---+---3---+---|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|

Ah, sweet poetry... Love and beauty to all,

        *********************************************************************




Kathy's Song

Words/Music by Paul Simon
Tablature by Frederik Esser

This tab is developed from the one by John Nimis. I don't claim it to be
better, but it's certainly a lot closer to the recorded version (on sound of
silence).


[Intro]

e|----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-----------|
D|4-------4-------|4-------4-------|4-------4-------|4-------4-\-2---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|

   G     C/G            G           G     C/G           G
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----0h1---1--p0-|----0-----0-----|--0--h1---1--p0-|----0-----0-----|
G|----------------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
D|----0h2-----2p0-|----0-------0---|----0h2-----2p0-|----0-------0---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|


[Verses]

   G               C/G              C/G              G
e|-(3)-----(3)----|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|--0-------0-----|--1-------1-----|--1-------1-----|0---------0-----|
G|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0---------|
D|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|3---+---3---+---|
      I hear the   drizzle          of          the rain,

                    Am               Am/G    G        C       /B  /C
e|3---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------0-----|1---------1-----|0---------0-----|1---------------|
G|------0---------|------2-----2---|------2---------|------0---------|
D|----0-------0---|----2-----------|----2-------0---|----2----(0)----|
A|----------------|0-------0-------|----------------|3-------2---3---|
E|3---+---3---+---|+---+---+---+---|3---+---3---+---|----+-------+---|
                           like a   me-     mo-      ry      it  falls,

   D/F#                              G                Bm/F#
e|----------------|2---------------|----------------|----------------|
B|3---------3-----|----------3-----|--3-------3-----|3---------3-----|
G|------2---------|------2---------|------4---------|------4---------|
D|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----5-------5---|----4-------4---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|2---+---2---+---|2---+---2---+---|3---+---3---+---|2---+---2---+---|
                                            soft and warm,       con-

   G                C                                 Am
e|----------------|----------------|0---------------|----------------|
B|---(0)----------|1---------1-----|----------1-----|1---------1-----|
G|----0-----------|------0---------|------0-------0-|------2-------2-|
D|----0-----------|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|
A|--------0---2---|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|0-------0-------|
E|3---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|+---+---+---+---|
  ti-     nu- ing,                                           tapping

   Am/G             D                G       C/G       G       C/G   ad lib
e|----------------|------2---------|----------------||----------------||
B|0---------0-----|----------3-----|----------1-----||0---------1-----||
G|------2---------|----2-------2---|------0---------||.-----0--------.||
D|----2-------2---|0---------------|----0h2-----2---||.---0h2-----2--.||
A|----------------|----------------|----------------||----------------||
E|3---+---3---+---|+---+---+---+---|3---+---3---+---||3---+---3---+---||
  on      my       roof  and        walls.
(omit this bar in
 the 2nd verse    )


[Bridge]

   G       C/G      Dsus
e|----------------|----------------|5---------------|----------------|
B|0---------1-----|3---------3-----|----------3-----|3---------3-----|
G|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
D|----0h2-----2---|----4-------4---|----4-------4---|----4-------4---|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|3---+---3---+---|5---+---5---+---|5---+---5---+---|5---+---5---+---|

                    G       C/G       G       C/G   ad lib
e|----------------|----------------||----------------||
B|3---------3-----|----------1-----||0---------1-----||
G|------0---------|------0---------||.-----0--------.||
D|----4-------4---|----0h2-----2---||.---0h2-----2--.||
A|----------------|----------------||----------------||
E|5---+---5---+---|3---+---3---+---||3---+---3---+---||


Lyrics:

(intro)

I hear the drizzle of the rain,
like a memory it falls,
soft and warm, continuing,
tapping on my roof and walls.

And from the shelter of my mind,
through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets,
to England where my heart lies.

(bridge)

My mind's distracted and diffused,
my thoughts are many miles away.
They lie with you when you're asleep,
and kiss you when you start your day.

And a song I was writing is left undone.
I don't know why I spend my time
writing songs I can't believe
with words that tear and strain to rhyme.

(bridge)

And so you see I have come to doubt
all that I once held as true.
I stand alone without beliefs.
The only truth I know is you.

And as I watch the drops of rain
weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain.
There but for the grace of you go I.

(solo verse)



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| (n)  Ghost note
| h    Hammer-on
| p    Pull-off
| \    Slide down

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redux 10 Aug 18, 2007 06:56 PM

god bless you for supplying this tab!! it's the better version, you're totally right!

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European Ant 10 Jan 24, 2009 08:00 AM

Just as a side-note: The "secret" to this song (if you wanna play it with the record) is that the guitar is tuned a half-step down. I was getting crazy over this until I (accidentally) found out just now. Great song!!! Cheers, a happy Julian.

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flakeyc 50 Apr 02, 2009 01:00 PM

it deserves 1 star just for the C/f#. what a hideous sound that would make.

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