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............................ Something So Right ...........................

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.  Because Paul employs a free approach to changing time
signatures on this song in these performances, and it is difficult to
notate rhythm on this type of tab, listening to a recording of this song
from one of the 1984 tour performances will make playing from the tab
much easier.  This is such a great song.  It is well worth the effort to
learn to play it.


No capo  (see tuning info on main page)

     Esus     Emaj7    E7                A
e:|-----------------|-----9-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|------10-----9---|--7--------------|------5-------5--|----------5------|
G:|----9------8-----|--7--------7s9---|--6-------6------|------6----------|
D:|-----------------|--6-------6------|--7-------7------|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|---------7-------|--0--------------|--0--------------|
E:|--0--------------|--0-----0--------|-----------------|--------------0--|


     Am      E/G#      F#m               G#m               C#m
e:|-----------------|------2----------|----------4------|-----------------|
B:|--5-------5------|----2-----2------|------4----------|--5------7s9-----|
G:|--5-------4------|--2----------2---|--4-----------4--|--4--------------|
D:|--7-------2------|-----------------|-----------------|--6--------------|
A:|--0--0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|--4--------------|
E:|----------4---0--|--2--------------|--4--------------|-----------------|


                       B                 Esus    Emaj7     E7
e:|-----------------|--------7--------|-----------------|-----9-----------|
B:|----9-s-10-------|------7----------|----10------9----|--7--------------|
G:|----9------------|----8------------|--9-------8------|--7--------------|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--6--------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|--7--------------|-----------------|--0--------------|

                               You've .. cool   water             when the


                       A6                A                 Am     E/G#
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|--7-------7------|--5--------0-----|--5------5-------|
G:|-----------------|--6-----6--------|--6------6-------|--5------4-------|
D:|-----------------|--7-----7--------|--7--------------|--7------2-------|
A:|-----------------|--0--------------|----0------------|--0--0-----------|
E:|----0------4-----|-----------------|-----------------|---------4--0----|

      fever  runs     high  


     F#m               G#7+   G#         C#m7              A/D
e:|-----2-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|--2-----2--------|--5------4-------|----------5------|----------7------|
G:|--2--------------|--5------5-------|------4-------4--|------6-------6--|
D:|-----------------|--4--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--4--------------|--5--------------|
E:|--2--------2s4---|--4--4------4----|-----------------|--5--------------|

             You've .. look of lovelight in your eyes          And I was in


    Esus       Emaj7   E7                Em7    A          Am
e:|-----------------|------9----------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|------10------9--|-----------------|--8--------------|--5---------0----|
G:|---9-----9--8----|--7-------7------|--7------6-------|--5----5---------|
D:|-----------------|--6--------------|---------7-------|--7--------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--7------0-------|--0---0--------0-|
E:|-0---------------|--0-----------0--|-----------------|-----------------|

      crazy motion                'til  you calmed me down


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

               It ... time             but you calmed me down


     E              *                    B                 A
e:|--5p4----5p4-----|--------------4--|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----5------5----|----------5------|----------4------|----------2------|
G:|------4------4---|------4----------|-----------------|-----------------|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|------4-------4--|------2-------2--|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--6--------------|--0--------------|
E:|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                         When something .. wrong           I'm the first to


     E       E7        A7                E                 F#m
e:|----------2------|--0--------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
B:|----------3------|--2--------2-----|---------0-------|--2-------2------|
G:|----------1------|--0--------------|--1--------------|--2-------2------|
D:|-----2------2----|--2--------------|-----2-----------|------2-------2--|
A:|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|--0--------------|-----------------|--0---------0----|--2--------------|

    admit it            I'm the first to admit it               and the ...


     B    A            E                 B                 A
e:|-----------------|--------------4--|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|--4----2h4p2-----|------5---5------|--4-------4h5-4--|--2--------------|
G:|--4--------------|--------------4--|-----4-----------|------4----------|
D:|-------2h4p2-----|------6---6------|--4-------4h6-4--|--2-------2------|
A:|--2--------------|-----------------|-----------------|--0--------------|
E:|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|--------------0--|

 to know                 When something goes right    it's likely to lose


     E       G#        A                 E                 F#m     G#m
e:|----------4------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
B:|----------4------|--2--------------|---------0-------|--2-------4------|
G:|-----1----5------|--2-------2------|--1--------------|--2-------4------|
D:|----------4------|--2---2-------2--|-----2------2----|-----2-----------|
A:|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|--0-------4------|-----------------|--0--------------|--2-------4------|

    me                    It's apt to confuse me      It's such an unusual


     A      G#         A/D               F#                F#m            $
e:|-----------------|-------5-----0---|----------2------|-----2-----------|
B:|--5--------------|----5------------|------2-------2--|--2--------2-----|
G:|--6------5-------|--6--------------|--3--------------|--2--------------|
D:|------------4----|--7------2---2---|-----------------|-----------------|
A:|--0--------------|--5--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|---------4-------|-----------------|--2--------------|--2--------------|

   sight       Oh I swear   I can't ... something so right      something


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

 so right


     F#m               G#m               C#m7              B
e:|----------2------|----------4------|-----------------|--------7--------|
B:|------2-------2--|------4----------|--5---7s9----10--|------7----------|
G:|--2--------------|--4-----------4--|--4-----9--------|----8------------|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|--6-----9--------|-----------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--4--------------|-----------------|
E:|--2--------------|--4--------------|--------9--------|--7--------------|

                                                                   They've


     Esus    Emaj7     E7                                  A6                           
e:|-----------------|-----9-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|----10------9----|--7--------------|--7-------7------|--7--------------|
G:|--9-------8------|--7--------------|--7-------7------|--6-----6--------|
D:|-----------------|--6--------------|--6-------6------|--7--------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--0--------0-----|
E:|-----------------|--0--------------|--0-------0------|-----------------|

 .. wall in China               It's a thousand miles     long


     A                 Am     E/G#       F#m               G#7+   G#7      
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----2-----------|-----------------|
B:|--5--------0-----|--5------5-------|--2-----2--------|--5------4-------|
G:|--6------6-------|--5------4-------|--2--------------|--5------5-------|
D:|--7--------------|--7------2-------|-----------------|--4--------------|
A:|----0------------|--0--0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|---------4--0----|--2--------2s4---|--4--4------4----|

                                               To keep .. foreigners they


     C#m7              A/D              Esus       Emaj7   E7              
e:|------4----------|------5----------|-----------------|------9----------|
B:|------5----------|-----------------|------10------9--|-----------------|
G:|------4----------|--6-------6------|---9-----9--8----|--7-------7------|
D:|-----------------|--------------7--|-----------------|--6--------------|
A:|--4--------------|--5--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|--0-----------0--|

 made it strong                 I got a  wall around me           that you


     Em7    A          Am                F/G#  E/G#        A     
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|--8--------------|--5---------0----|----5---------5--|------5----------|
G:|--7------6-------|--5--5---5-------|--------4--------|----------6------|
D:|---------7-------|--7--------------|----------2------|--------------4--|
A:|--7------0-------|--0-----0------0-|-----------------|--0--------------|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|--4---------4----|-----------------|

    can't even       see                         It took .. time


     B                 E
e:|-----------------|--------------4--|--5p4----5p4-----|-----------------|
B:|-----------------|----------5------|-----5------5----|-------5-----5---|
G:|-----4-----------|------4----------|------4------4---|-----4-----4-----|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A:|--2--------0-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|--0--------------|
 
    to get next to     me                                     When someth..


     B/A               A                 E       E7        A7            
e:|-----------------|-----------------|----------2------|--0--------------|
B:|----4---4h5-4----|----------2------|----------3------|--2--------2-----|
G:|-----------------|-----------------|----------1------|--0--------------|
D:|--------4h6-4----|------2-------2--|-----2------2----|--2--------------|
A:|--0--------------|--0--------------|-----------------|--0--------------|
E:|-----------------|-----------------|--0--------------|-----------------|

  .. wrong        I'm the first to    admit it                 I'm the ...


     E                 F#m               B                 E       
e:|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|--0------0-------|--2-------2------|--4---------2----|----------5---5--|
G:|--1---------(0)--|--2-------2------|--4---------2----|-----------------|
D:|-----2-----------|------2-------2--|-------2h4-------|------6-------6--|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--2--------------|-----------------|
E:|--0--------------|--2--------------|-----------------|--0--------------|

    first to admit it       and the last one to know          When someth..


     B                 A                 E       G#        F#m             
e:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--2--------------|
B:|--4------4h5-4---|--2---3---2------|----------6------|--2--------------|
G:|-----4-----------|-----------------|-----1----5------|--2-------2------|
D:|--4------4h6-4---|--2---4---2------|--2-------4------|------2-------2--|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|-----------------|--------------0--|----------4---4--|--2--------------|

  goes right     it's likely . lose me                         It's apt to


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

 confuse me      It's such an unusual  site          I swear can't get used


     F#                F#m               E                 A6        
e:|----------2------|-----------------|--0--------------|--2--------------|
B:|------2----------|-----------------|--0--------------|--2--------------|
G:|--3-----------3--|--2--------------|--1----(strum)---|--2----(strum)---|
D:|-----------------|-----------------|--2--------------|--2--------------|
A:|-----------------|-----------------|--2--------------|--0--------------|
E:|--2--------------|--2--2-----------|--0--------------|-----------------|

 .. right                  Someth so right


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

                                       Some people never  say the words


     G#7                                 E7                 
e:|-------------4---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:|-----4------4----|-----4-----------|------7-------7--|------7---7------|
G:|-----5-----5-----|-----5-----------|------7-------7--|------7----------|
D:|-----------------|-----4-----------|------6-------6--|------6----------|
A:|----------6------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E:|--4--------------|--4-------4---5s-|--7-------7------|--0-----------0--|

 "I love you"                It's not .. style       Oh     to be so ...


     A6                G#7+              C#m
e:|-----------------|-----------------|----------4------|-----------------|
B:|------7-------7--|----5------4-----|------5-------5--|------5-------5--|
G:|------6-------6--|---5------5------|------4----------|------4-------4--|
D:|------7-------7--|-----------------|------6----------|------6-------6--|
A:|--0-------0------|-----------------|--4--------------|--4-------4------|
E:|-----------------|--4---4------4---|-----------------|-----------------|

   bold                                 Some people never say those words


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

 "I love you"                but like a child    they're longing to be told


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

                            Mmmmmm ...                            Someth ..


Return to * and repeat the chorus to $.  At $, jump to:

$:
     F#m                     A             E
e:|--5------4-------|--2-----0--------|---------|
B:|--2--------------|--------2--------|---------|
G:|---------4-------|--2-----2--------|---------|   (Ending blends into
D:|-----------------|-----------------|---------|        "Hearts and Bones")
A:|-----------------|--------0--------|---------|
E:|--2--------------|-----------------|----0----|

    Oh     Oh          Oh   something so right


Lyrics:

You've got the cool water,
When the fever runs high.
You've got the look of love-light in your eyes.
And I was in crazy motion,
'Til you calmed me down.
It took a little time,
But you calmed me down.

When something goes wrong,
I'm the first to admit it.
The first to admit it,
But the last one to know.
When something goes right,
Well it's likely to lose me.
It's apt to confuse me.
It's such an unusual sight.
I can't get used to something so right,
Something so right.

They've got a wall in China,
It's a thousand miles long.
To keep out the foreigners they made it strong.
Oh, I've got a wall around me that you can't even see.
It took a little time,
To get next to me.

(refrain)

Some people never say the words, "I Love You."
It's not their style to be so bold.
Some people never say those words, "I Love You."
But like a child,
They're longing to be told.

(refrain)