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.............................. Kodachrome ................................

Copyright  1973 Paul Simon

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

Transcribed by John McGann.

Although this tab is specifically from the Columbia, MD show (8/2/1984),
it should match any of the 1984 shows fairly closely since they were very
similar shows.

% indicates a repeat of the previous measure.


No capo  (see tuning info on main page)

    E
e:|-----------------------------------|
B:|-----------------------------------|  Repeat this pattern of one eighth
G:|-----------------------------------|  and two sixteenth notes for six
D:|-----------------------------------|  total measures of four beats each
A:|-----------------------------------|  for the intro.
E:|-0--0-0---0--0-0---0--0-0---0--0-0-|

                          When I think


  * E                                   A
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|--------%--------|--------%--------|---------2-------|---------2-------|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|---------2-------|---------2-------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0-3-4---0-3-4-|-0-0-3-4---0-----|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------4-3-|

    back on all the crap I learned in high school
    lack   of   education   hasn't   hurt me none


    F#                B               # E                 A       B7
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|-------1-----1---|-2-2-2-0-2-2-2---|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|-------2-----2---|-2-2-2-0-1-1-1---|
A:|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|s9-9-9-9-9-9-9---|-----2-2-2-2-2-0-|-0-0-0---2-2-2---|
E:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|s7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|---------------0-|

       It's a wonder I can think at all                          I know my
       I can read the writing on the wall


Return to * and repeat.  At #, jump to:

    E                 A       C#7       F#                Bm
e:|-----0-------0---|-----------------|---2-------------|---2-----2-------|
B:|-------0-------0-|-2-------2-------|---2-------------|---3-------3---3-|
G:|-------1---1-----|-2---2-2-4-------|-----3-----------|-----4-------4---|
D:|---2-------------|-2---2-2-3---3-3-|-------4---------|-4-----4---------|
A:|---------2-------|-0---0-0-4---4-4-|-4-------4-4-4-4-|-2---------------|
E:|-0---------------|-----------------|-2-------2-2-2-2-|-----------------|

               Koda - chro  -  -  -  -  ome  they give .. nice      bright


    E                 A                 D                 B7
e:|---0-----0-----0-|-----------------|-----2-----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
B:|-----0-----0-----|---2-------------|-3---3-3-3-------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
G:|-----------------|---2-------------|-2---2-2-2-------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
D:|-------2-----2---|---2-----2-2-2-2-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
A:|-----------------|-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------4---|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
E:|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

   colors they .. green  -  - s   of   summers makes ... all         the


    E                 A        C#7      F#  trplt         Bm
e:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|------2----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
B:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2--2--2--2--2--2|-------2---------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
G:|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-2--2--2--4--4--4|--------3--------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
D:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2--2--2--3--3--3|-4--------4-4-4-4|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
A:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0--0--0--4--4--4|-4--------4-4-4-4|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
E:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-2-2-2----2-2-2-2|-----------------|

   world's a sunny    day      oh      yeah        I got a Ni  -  kon cam -


    E                 A                 D                 B7
e:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|---3-------------|-----------0-----|
G:|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-------------|---2-----2-------|
D:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0---0-----0---|---1-----1-------|
A:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----X---4-3-0---|-2---------------|
E:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|-----2-2-2---2-0-|

 - era    I love to . pho  -  - tograph    so Mama don't take       my


    E                 A                 C#m               F#m
e:|-----0-----0-----|---5-------5-----|---------4-------|-----------------|
B:|-------0---0-----|---5-------------|---5-------5-----|---2-----2-------|
G:|-----------------|-------------6---|-----4-------4---|---------2-------|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|-------4---------|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|-------7-7-------|-----------------|-----------4-4-4-|
E:|-0-0-----0---0-0-|-0---5---------0-|-4-------------0-|-2---2-2---2-2-2-|

    Kodachrome  a - way


    B              ** E    [ straight eighths now ]       A
e:|----------------||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|----------------||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|----------------||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D:|----------------||-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-----2---2---|
A:|s9--9-----------||-----------------|---------------0-|-0-0-3-4-0-0-3-4-|
E:|s7--7-----------||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|-----------------|

         If you took  all  the girls I knew when  I  was single
                      never  match  my sweet i - ma - gination


    A                 F#m               B7                E              ##
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----0---------5-|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----0---------5-|
G:|-----------------|--------(2)------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-------1-1-----6-|
D:|-2-2-----2-2-----|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-------2-2-------|
A:|-0-0-3-4-0-0-----|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2---2-2-------|
E:|-------------4-3-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-0-0---0-0-0-0---|

                      and brought . all together for one night
                      everything looks better in black and white   Ko-da -
     

    A       B
e:|-5-------7-7-7-7-||
B:|-5-------7-7-7-7-||
G:|-6-------8-8-8-8-||   Return to ** and repeat one time.  At ##, jump to:
D:|---7-7-7-9-9-9-9-||
A:|---7-7-7-9-9-9-9-||
E:|---5-5-5-7-7-7-7-||

            I know they'd


 ## A       C#7       F#                Bm                E
e:|-5-5-5-5---------|---2-----2-------|---2-------2-----|-----------------|
B:|-5-5-5-5-2-2-2-2-|---2-----2-------|-----3-----3-----|-----------------|
G:|-6-6-6-6-4-4-4-4-|-----3-----------|-------4---4-----|-----0h1-----0-0-|
D:|-7-7-7-7-3-3-3-3-|-----------------|-----------------|-----0-------0-0-|
A:|-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-|-------4---------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|
E:|-5-5-5-5---------|-2---------2-2-2-|--------------0--|-0-0-----0-0-----|

  - chro  -  -  -  -  ome    They ...  nice  bright col - ors   . give us .


    A                 D                 B7                E
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-------------|
B:|-----------------|-----------------|---0---0-0-------|---0-------------|
G:|-2-2---------2---|-2-2-2-2---------|---2---2-2-------|------1----------|
D:|-2-2---2-2-2-2-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-------|---1---1-1-------|------2----------|
A:|-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-------4-3-0-|-2---------------|---------2-2-2-2-|
E:|-----3-----------|-----------------|-----2-----2-2-2-|-0-------0-0-0-0-|

   green  -  -  s of summers makes  .. all     the       world's a sunny


    A       C#7       F#  trplt         Bm                E
e:|-----------------|------2----------|---4-----4-------|---0-----0-------|
B:|-2-------2-------|-------2---------|-----3-----3-----|-----0-----0-----|
G:|-2-------4-------|--------3--------|-------4------(0)|-------------1-1-|
D:|-2-------3-------|-4--------4-4-4-4|-----------------|-------2---------|
A:|-0-------4---0---|-4--------4-4-4-4|-2-----------2---|-----------------|
E:|-----0-----------|-2-2-2----2-2-2-2|-----------------|-0---------------|

   day      oh       yeah    I  got  a  Ni  -  -  kon camera   I love to ..


    A                 D                 B7                E
e:|-----------------|-------2---------|-----------------|-------0---------|
B:|---2-------------|-----3-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:|-----------------|-2-2-------2-----|---2---2-2-------|-----1-----------|
D:|-----2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-----0-------|---1---1-1---1---|---2-------------|
A:|-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------4-0-|-2-----2---------|---------2-2-2-2-|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|-----2-----2--(2)|-0-------0-0-0-0-|

    pho  -  -  -    tograph so Mama .. take        my       Kodachrome a -


Repeat three times:

     A                C#m             & F#m
e:||---5-----5------|---4-------------|---2-----2-------|-----2----------||
B:||----------------|-----5-----------|---2-----2-----2-|-----2----------||
G:||-----6-----6----|-----------------|---2-2-----2---2-|-------2--------||
D:||-------7-----7--|-------6-6-------|-----4-----------|----------------||
A:||----------------|---------4-4-4---|-----------------|----------------||
E:||-5--------------|-4-------4-4-4-0-|-2-----2-----2---|-2-2------2---4-||

   - way                                                         Mama don't
    take        my    Kodachrome    a - way                      Mama don't


To end, jump from & and end on F#m:

     F#m
e:|--2----|
B:|--2----|
G:|--2----|
D:|--4----|
A:|--4----|
E:|--2----|

  - way


Lyrics:

When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school,
It's a wonder I can think at all.
And though my lack of education hasn't hurt me none,
I can read the writing on the wall.

Kodachrome 
They give us those nice bright colors.
They give us the greens of summers.
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera.
I love to take a photograph.
So Mama don't take my Kodachrome away.

If you took all the girls I knew when I was single,
And brought 'em all together for one night,
I know they'd never match my sweet imagination.
Everything looks better in black and white.

(refrain)

Mama don't take my Kodachrome away.
Mama don't take my Kodachrome away.
Mama don't take my Kodachrome away.