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................... Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall ..................

Copyright  1965 Paul Simon

From The Paul Simon Songbook.

Transcribed by John McGann.

The syncopated high G in the first four bars is sweetly almost impercep-
tible.  The notes in parentheses are not played during the first verse. 
Skip from % to the ending after the third verse and refrain.


No capo  (see tuning info on main page)

      Gsus4                         
e:|-----------3-----|-----------3-----|-----------3-----|-----------3-----|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D:|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|
A:|--------3--------|--------3--------|--------3--------|--------3--------|
E:|---3-------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|


  *  G
e:||-3--------------|--3--------------|
B:||-----------0----|-----------0-----|
G:||------0---------|-------0---------|
D:||----0--------0--|-----0-------0---|
A:||----------------|-----------------|
E:||-3------3-------|--3------3-------|

                           Through the
                               I don't


     G                 Bm                C                 G
e:|--3--------------|-----------------|-----------------|--3--------------|
B:|-----------0-----|--3--------3-----|--1--------1-----|-----------0-----|
G:|-------0---------|-------4---------|-------0---------|-------0---------|
D:|-----0-------0---|-----4-------4---|-----2-------0---|-----0-------0---|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--3------3-------|-----------------|
E:|--3------3-------|--2------2-------|-----------------|--3------3-------|

    corridors  of     sleep   past the  shadows dark and  deep       my
    know what is      real    I can't   touch  what I     feel    and I 


     Bm                C                  Gsus4
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------||
B:|--3--------3-----|--1---------0----|-----------------|-----0----0-----||
G:|-------4---------|-------0---------|-----------------|----------------||
D:|-----4-------4---|-----2--------2--|-------------0---|-------------0--||
A:|-----------------|--3------3-------|--------3--------|--------3-------||
E:|--2------2-------|-----------------|---3-------------|---3------------||

    mind dances and   leaps       in con-fusion            (repeat from *)
    hide behind the   shield  of my ...  [skip these 2 bars second time]


     G                                   D/A
e:|------3----------|--3--------------|-----------------|--5--------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------0-----|--3--------3-----|------------3----|
G:|------------0----|-------0---------|-------0---------|--------0--------|
D:|---------0-------|-----0-------0---|-----4-------4---|-----4-------4---|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--0------0-------|--0-------0------|
E:|--3---3-------3--|--3------3-------|-----------------|-----------------|

 il-lusion                                  So                      I'll


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

    continue  to  con-tinue                     to  pre - tend


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

              that    my life                 will never  end  


     Em                A7                                  C
e:|--0--------------|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|
B:|-----------0-----|--2--------3-----|-----------3-----|--1--------1-----|
G:|-------0---------|-------0---------|-------0---------|-------0---------|
D:|-----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|
A:|-----------------|--0------0-------|--0------0-------|--3------3-------|
E:|--0------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

           and that   flowers                    never    bend


     Cmaj7          %   Gsus4
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|--0--------0-----|-----------------|-----------0-----|
G:|-------0---------|-----------------|-----------------|
D:|-----2-------2---|-------------0---|-------------0---|
A:|--3------3-------|--------3--------|--------3--------|
E:|-----------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|

    with        the  rainfall                     (return to * and repeat)



% Ending:

      Gsus4
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-------------|
B:|-----------------|-----0----0------|-----0-----------|--------3--------|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|
D:|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|-----------------|
A:|--------3--------|--------3--------|--------3--------|-----------------|
E:|---3-------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|-----------------|

   rainfall


      Gsus4
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-------------|
B:|-----3-----------|-----3----3------|-----3----3------|--------3--------|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|
D:|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|-----------------|
A:|--------3--------|--------3--------|--------3--------|-----------------|
E:|---3-------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|-----------------|


      Gsus4
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-------------|
B:|-----3-----------|-----3----3------|-----3----3------|--------3--------|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|
D:|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|-----------------|
A:|--------3--------|--------3--------|--------3--------|-----------------|
E:|---3-------------|---3-------------|---3-------------|-----------------|


e:|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|
G:|-----------------|
D:|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|
E:|---3-------------|


Lyrics:

Through the corridors of sleep,
Past the shadows dark and deep,
My mind dances and leaps in confusion.
I don't know what is real,
I can't touch what I feel,
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion.

So, I'll continue to continue,
To pretend,
That my life will never end,
And that flowers never bend with the rainfall.

The mirror on my wall casts an image dark and small,
But I'm not sure at all it's my reflection.
I am blinded by the light,
Of God and Truth and Right,
And I wander in the night without direction.

(refrain)

It's no matter if you're born to play the king or pawn,
For the line is thinly drawn 'tween joy and sorrow.
And so my fantasy becomes reality, 
And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow.

(refrain)