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The Obvious Child  Paul Simon

 
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The Obvious Child - Paul Simon
 
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard
Paul Simon
The Obvious Child (1989)
(Paul Simon)
From: "The Rhythm of the Saints"
Three chords for 99% of this beauty but HOW he plays them ... The chords
change incredibly quick in some places. As a consequence this tab might
look confusing but it makes sense when one sees him play. This video
of a recent live performance was very helpful when I tabbed and learned
this, so check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmyPkIBLLak
Enjoy!
 
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CHORDS
C* [E-A-D-G-B-E]x-3-2-0-1-3
D* x-x-0-2-3-x
[cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] 3-x-0-2-1-3
 
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capo 1st fret
[percussion / drum intro] 
INTRO
Bo, [G]boh ... bo, [G]boh
Bo, [G]boh ... bo, [G]boh
VERSE
I'm accustomed to a [G]smooth ride
Or [D]maybe [C]I'm a [G]dog who's [D]lost its [G]bite
I don't ex[D]pect [C]to be [G]tr[C]eated like a fool no [F]more[C]
I don't ex[G]pect to [D]sleep through the [G]night
Some [D]people [C]say a [G]lie's a [D]lie's a [G]lie
But [D]I [C]say[G] w[C]hy
Why deny the [F]obvious [C]child?
Why deny the [F]obvious [C]child?[G]
VERSE
And in re[D]membe[C]ring a [G]road sign[D] [C] [G]
I am reme[D]mbe[C]ring a [G]girl when [D]I [C]was [G]you-ou-[C]oung[F] [C]
And we [G]said these [D]songs are [G]true
These [D]days are [G]ours
These [D]tears are [G]free and hey
[C] The cross is in the [F]ball[C]park
[C] The cross is in the [F]ball[C]park[G]
MIDDLE PART 1
We [G]had a lot of fun
G G G D* C
We had a lot of money
G G G D* C
We had a little son and we thought we'd call him Sonny
[C]Sonny gets [D]married and [G]moves away
[C]Sonny has a [D]baby and [G]bills to pay
[C]Sonny gets [D]sunnier [G]day by day by [C]day by [D]day[G]
INTERLUDE
Bo, [G]boh ... bo, [G]boh
Bo, [G]boh ... bo, [G]boh
VERSE
I've been [D]waking [C]up [G]at sunrise
I've been [D]follo[C]wing the [G]light a[D]cross my [G]room
I [D]watch [C]the [G]ni[C]ght receive the [F]room of [C]my [G]day[D] [G]
Some [D]people [C]say the s[G]ky is [D]just the [G]sky
But [D]I [C]say[G] w[C]hy
Why deny the [F]obvious [C]child?
Why deny the [F]obvious [C]child?[G]
INTERLUDE
| G | G [cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] | G | G [cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] |
| G | G [cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] | G | G [cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] |
| G | G [cb]D7sus4/G[/cb] |
MIDDLE PART 2
[C/G] G C/G G D C
Sonny sits by the window and thinks to himself
How it's [G]strange [C/G]that [G]some [D]rooms are like [C]cages
Sonny's [G]year[C/G]book [G]from [D]high school is [C]down from the shelf
[C]And [D]he i[G]d-[C/G]l - [G]y [D]thumbs through the [C]pages
Some have [Am]died
Some have [G]fled from themselves[C] [G]
Or [C]stru[D]ggled [C]from [G]here to [C]get [D]there
[C]Sonny [G]wan[C/G]ders [G]be[D]yond his in[C]terior walls
Runs his [G]hands [C/G]through [G]his [D]thinning brown [C]hair
VERSE
I'm accustomed to a [G]smooth ride
Or [D]maybe [C]I'm a [G]dog who's [D]lost its [G]bite
I don't ex[D]pect [C]to be [G]tr[C]eated like a fool no [F]more[C]
I don't ex[G]pect to [D]sleep through the [G]night
Some [D]people [C]say a [G]lie's a [D]lie's a [G]lie
But [D]I [C]say[G]
[C] The cross is in the [F]ball[C]park
C F C G G G [break]
Why deny the obvious child?
[percussion break] 
OUTRO
G D C G D C G C C C* D C*
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh (ooh, ooh, ooh)
G D C G D C G C C C* D
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh (ooh, ooh, ooh)

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