Paul Simon

Brad's Paul Simon Guitar Tablature Page

All the tablature on this site is privately owned by the webmaster except where stated and is made available to the internet community for personal research and educational purposes only.   Only amateur tablature will be presented here.   I will refrain from displaying any song on this site for which there is accurate professional tablature available for purchase commercially.   I believe the work below will help guitarists better understand and appreciate Paul's music and does not detract from his commercial success in any way.   I have not had, and am not seeking, any financial gain from these tablature.

In 2001, Wise Publications published two new professional tablature books covering some music of Paul Simon.   As a result of the material in these books, I have removed the tablature of Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard from this webpage since it was virtually identical to the tab presented in the Wise Publications books.   The other works in these books are sufficiently different from the tabs of the same songs presented here (which represent the nuances of certain live performances) that it merits keeping these live tabs available here for now.


    America    (Paris, 1970)  
  Anji   (Live From New York City album, 1967)   (Orig. Davy Graham)
  April Come She Will   (Sounds of Silence album, 1966)
  At The Zoo   (Miami University, 1969)
  Bleecker Street   (Demo version from Old Friends Collection)
  Bleecker Street   (BBC promo show, 1965)
  Blues Run the Game   (Old Friends Collection)   (Orig. Jackson C. Frank)
  The Boxer   (Welcome in Holland, Amsterdam, 1970)
  Bridge Over Troubled Water   (Demo version from Paul Simon 1964/1993 Collection)
  Bridge Over Troubled Water   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Hoffman Estates, IL, 1984)
  Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound   (BBC promo show, 1966)   (Orig. Tom Paxton)
  A Church is Burning   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  Cloudy   (Johns Hopkins University, 1966)
  The Dangling Conversation   (Hollywood California, 1968)
  Duncan   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  Fakin' It   (Welcome in Holland, Amsterdam, 1970)
  Feuilles-O   (Demo version from Old Friends Collection)
  Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  Going to the Zoo   (Queen's College, London, 1964)   (Orig. Tom Paxton)
  He Was My Brother   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  Homeward Bound   (Miami University, 1969)
  I Am a Rock   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  Kodachrome   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  Leaves That Are Green   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  A Most Peculiar Man   (Sounds of Silence album, 1966)
  Old Friends   (Concert in Central Park, 1981)
  A Poem on the Underground Wall   (Miami University, 1969)
  Punky's Dilemma   (Monterey Pop Festival, 1967)
  Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  The Rose of Aberdeen   (Demo version from Sony Remasters Collection)
  St. Judy's Comet   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  The Side of a Hill   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  Slip Slidin' Away   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  Soft Parachutes   (One Trick Pony motion picture, 1980)
  Something So Right   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  Song for the Asking   (Paris, 1970)
  The Sound of Silence   (Paul Simon Songbook, 1965)
  The Sound of Silence   (Rome, Italy, 2002)
  Surfer Girl   (An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson, 2001)   (Orig. Brian Wilson)
  Train in the Distance   (12 City Solo Acoustic Tour, Columbia, MD, 1984)
  Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.   (Live From New York City album, 1967)


    A word about Paul's guitar tuning 
  A beginner's guide to Travis picking
  Miscellaneous song notes
  Some information about Paul's acoustic guitars

Paul Simon

Links to Other Sites of Interest

  Accent on Music -- Sells Mark Hanson's superb book Paul Simon Transcribed, with professional tablature of these songs: 

Kathy's Song
American Tune
Scarborough Fair
The Late Great Johnny Ace
The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Peace Like a River
Hearts and Bones
Overs -- Sells two books of accurate professional guitar tablature by Wise Publications, Play Acoustic Guitar with Paul Simon and Play Acoustic Guitar with Simon and Garfunkel.   These books are also available other places on the internet such as  Elderly Instruments.   The following songs are presented in excellent detail and are covered on the performance demo CD included with each book: 

Peace Like a River
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Take Me to the Mardi Gras
Something So Right

The Boxer
A Hazy Shade of Winter
The Only Living Boy in New York
Homeward Bound
Mrs. Robinson

  Rich Kent -- Has a site dedicated to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel and courteously agreed to let me host some of his personal tabs on this page. 

  John McGann -- Will produce extremely accurate tablature from a tape recording of any song you like.  He's talented and honest, and I can recommend his services to anyone who needs music transcribed for guitar. 

  Jean-Marc Orliaguet -- Has a spectacular site devoted to the music of Simon and Garfunkel and others with lots of tablature and sound files. 

 I have no reimbursement from or financial interest whatsoever in any of the websites represented by the preceeding links. 

Brad Priddy
Last Modified:   November 16, 2003
First Posted:   December 14, 1999

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