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........................ Bridge Over Troubled Water ......................

Copyright  1969 Paul Simon

From Paul's 1984 12-City Solo Acoustic Tour.

Transcribed by John McGann.

Although this tab is specifically from the Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates 
show (8/18/1984), it should match any of the 1984 shows fairly closely 
since they were very similar shows.  This song is played on a 12 string
guitar in concert, but can be played on a six string without losing too
much.


No capo, tuned down 1/2 step  (see tuning info on main page)

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


  * D       C     G                      D       C         G
e:|-2-------0-0-0-3-|-3---------------|--2-------0-0-0--|--3--------------|
B:|-3-------1-1-1-0-|-0--------h1--0--|--3-------1-1-1--|--0--------------|
G:|-2-strum-0-0-0-0-|-0-strum---0--0--|--2-strum-0-0-0--|--0---(strum)----|
D:|-0-------2-2-2-0-|-0--------h2--0--|--0-------2-2-2--|--0--------------|
A:|---------3-3-3-2-|-2---------------|----------3-3-3--|--2--------------|
E:|---------------3-|-3---------------|-----------------|--3--------------|

  (down)                                                        When you're


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

    weary                      feelin' small                 when tears are


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

   in           your  eyes     I will  dry . all


     D     A    D      A                 A7               D       Dmaj7
e:|--2----------2---|-----------------|--3--------------|-2-------2-------|
B:|--3-----2----3---|--2--------------|--2--------------|-3-------2-------|
G:|--2-----2----2---|--2---(strum)----|--2---(strum)----|-2-strum-2-strum-|
D:|--0-----2----0---|--2--------------|--2--------------|-0-------0-------|
A:|--------0--------|--0--------------|--0--------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

       I'm on  your  side                Oh when times get rough


     D7               G       E          A     D    C
e:|--2--------------|-3-------0-------|--------2----0---|
B:|--1--------------|-0-------0-------|--2-----3----1---|
G:|--2---(strum)----|-0-------1-strum-|--2-----2----0---|
D:|--0--------------|-0-------2-------|--2-----0----2---|
A:|-----------------|---------2-------|--0----------3---|
E:|-----------------|-3--2-1--0-------|-----------------|

        and friends . can't   be       found  like  a


Play this line twice, the second time through jump from $ back to * for 
the next verse:
 
     G       Go       D       Bm         G       F#7/A# $ Bm       D   C
e:||-3-------3--(6)-|-2-------2-------|--3--------------|-2--------2---0-||
B:||-0-------2--(5)-|-3-------3-------|--0-------2------|-3--------3---1-||
G:||-0-strum-3--(6)-|-2-strum-4-strum-|--0-------0------|-4--------2---0-||
D:||-0-------2--(5)-|-0-------4-------|--0-------2------|-4--------0---2-||
A:||-2--------------|---------2-------|--2-------1------|-2------------3-||
E:||-3--------------|-----------------|--3--------------|----------------||

   bridge    o - ver troubled water     I will   lay me  down    (like a)


Ending:

     G     D/F#  Em    D
e:|--------------0--|--2--------------|
B:|--0-----3-----0--|--3--------------|
G:|--0-----2-----0--|--2--------------|
D:|--0-----0-----2--|--0--------------|
A:|--2-----0-----2--|--0--------------|
E:|--3-----2-----0--|-----------------|


Lyrics:

When you're weary,
Feelin' small,
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all.
I'm on your side,
When times get rough,
And friends just can't be found.

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down.

When you're down and out,
When you're on the street, 
When evening falls so hard, 
I will comfort you.
I'll take your part, 
When darkness comes,
And pain is all around. 

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down.

Sail on silver girl.
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
When you need a friend, 
I'm sailing right behind. 

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will ease your mind.