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...................... A Poem on the Underground Wall .....................

Copyright  1966,1967 Paul Simon

From the Miami University concert, November 11 1969, as heard on the "Back 
to College" or "A Time of Innocence" recordings.

Transcribed by John McGann.

% indicates a repeat of the previous measure.
(%) indicates a repeat of the previous TWO measures.

For the D/F#, wrap your thumb over the top of the neck to fret the low E
string at the second fret with the thumb.


Capo 8th fret  (see tuning info on main page)

Beginning from the tune-up:

    Em                C                 G
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|---0-------0-----|---1-------1-----|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-------0-------0-|-------0-------0-|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2---|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|


    Em  !             C                 G
e:|-----0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---1-------1-----|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0-----0---|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2---------2-|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|


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


    Em  !             C                 G
e:|-----0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---1-------1-----|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0-----0---|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2---------2-|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|


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

                 The last    train  is nearly due    the under - ground is


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

   closing soon and   in the dark    deserted station   restless  in


    Em                C                
e:|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|---0-------0-----|-------1-------1-|
G:|-----0---------0-|-----0-------0---|
D:|-------2-----0---|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|

 anticipation      a man waits in the


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

   shadows ...   ...   ...   ...


    Em  !             C                 G
e:|-----0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---1-------1-----|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0---------|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2-----------|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|

                 His restless eyes     leap & scratch at all that they can


    Em  !             C                 G
e:|-----0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---1-------1-----|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0---------|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2-----------|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|

  touch or catch and hidden  deep   within his pocket    safe within its


    Em                C                 G                 C
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|---0-------0-----|---1-------1-----|-----0-----0-----|-------1-------1-|
G:|-------0-------0-|-------0-----0---|---------------0-|-----0-------0---|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2---------2-|-------------0---|---2-------2-----|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-3-------2-------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-----------------|

   silent  socket he holds a colored crayon ...   ...


    G
e:|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|----0h1----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|----0h2------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|


    Em  !             C                 G
e:|-----0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---1-----1-------|---0-------0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0-----0---|-------0-------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|-----2---------2-|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|

                 Now from the tunnel's stony   womb  the carriage rides to


    Em                C                 G
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-------0---0-----|---1-------1-----|-----0-----0-----|---0-------0-----|
G:|-----0---------0-|-------0-------0-|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|
D:|---2---------0---|-----2-------0---|-------------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|

   meet the groom and opens  wide and  welcome doors ... hesitates


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

  and then withdraws deeper   in the  shadows ...   ...


    Em
e:|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|-0--strum--strum-|--------%--------|--------%--------|--------%--------|
D:|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A:|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                                                                   And the


    Em
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------------------|
G:|----strum--strum-|--strum----0-0-0-|----------------(%)----------------|
D:|-----------------|-----------2-2-2-|-----------------------------------|
A:|-2---------------|-----------2-2-2-|-----------------------------------|
E:|-0---------------|-----------0-0-0-|-----------------------------------|

     train   is   gone   suddenly                                      on


    D/F#
e:|-----------------|-2---------------|-----------------------------------|
B:|-----------------|-3---------------|-----------------------------------|
G:|-2--strum--strum-|-2--strum--strum-|----------------(%)----------------|
D:|-0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------------------------|
A:|---(mute-string)-|---(mute-string)-|-----------------------------------|
E:|-2---------------|-2---------------|-----------------------------------|

   wheels  clicking  silently ...   ...                             like a


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

    gently       tapping         li-ta-ny ...   ...                 and he


    Esus4             Am                Am7               C
e:|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
B:|-0---------------|-1---------------|-1---------------|-1--------0------|
G:|-2--strum--strum-|-2--strum--strum-|-0--strum--strum-|-0-strum--0------|
D:|-2---------------|-2---------------|-2---------------|-2--------0------|
A:|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-3--------2---0--|
E:|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

   holds his crayon  rosary ...   ...                   tighter   in  his


    G                                   Em
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
B:|-0---------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
G:|-0--strum--strum-|--strum---strum--|-0--strum--strum-|--strum---strum--|
D:|-0---------------|-----------------|-2---------------|-----------------|
A:|-2---------------|-----------------|-2---------------|-----------------|
E:|-3---------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|

   hand ...                                                           Now


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

  from his pocket  quick he flashes the crayon on  the   wall he slashes


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

   Deep    upon  the  advertising    a single  worded    poem comprised of


    C                 G                                   Em  !
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----0-----------|
B:|---1-------------|---0h1-----0-----|---0-------0-----|-----0-----0-----|
G:|-------0-------0-|---------------0-|-------0-------0-|-----0---------0-|
D:|-----2-------0---|---0h2-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----2-------0---|
A:|-3-------2p0-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----2-----------|
E:|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-3-------2-------|-0-------0-------|

   four    letters                                                 And his


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

  heart is laughing screaming pounding . poem across the tracks rebounding


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

  Shadowed  by   the exit   light  his legs take their ascending flight


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

 To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled  by   the  night    mmmmmm


    Tap guitar six times:
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|----x------x-----|----x------x-----|----x------x-----|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


Lyrics:

The last train is nearly due. 
The underground is closing soon.
And in the dark, deserted station, 
Restless in anticipation, 
A man waits in the shadows.

His restless eyes leap and scratch,
At all that they can touch or catch. 
And hidden deep within his pocket, 
Safe within its silent socket, 
He holds a colored crayon. 

Now from the tunnel's stony womb,
The carriage rides to meet the groom. 
And opens wide and welcome doors. 
But he hesitates, and then withdraws, 
Deeper in the shadows.

And the train is gone suddenly,
On wheels clicking silently, 
Like a gently tapping litany. 
And he holds his crayon rosary, 
Tighter in his hand.

Now from his pocket quick he flashes, 
The crayon on the wall he slashes, 
Deep upon the advertising, 
A single worded poem comprised, 
Of four letters.

And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding.
The poem across the tracks rebounding.
Shadowed by the exit light,
His legs take their ascending flight,
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night.