Save The Life Of My Child


written by Paul Simon
performed by Simon & Garfunkel
from "Bookends."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.

G 
"Good God! Don't jump!"

        
A boy sat on the ledge

                                 
An old man who had fainted was revived.

    F         G                         
And everyone agreed it would be a miracle indeed

              C      
If the boy survived.


                     Dm     
 Save the life of my child!

                     C          
 Cried the desperate mother.

F             C  G7  
  Ah, ah, ah, ah----

G                              
  A woman from the supermarket


Ran to call the cops.

                    C                  G
"He must be high on something, someone said.

                         C               
Though it never made The New York Times.

G                              C    
In The Daily News, the caption read

                      Dm7     
 "Save the life of my child!"

                     C       
 Cried the desperate mother.

F             C  G7  
  Ah, ah, ah, ah----

G                         
  A patrol car passing by


Halted to a stop

                C            G
Said officer MacDougal in dismay:

                      C         
"The force can't do a decent job

           G           Gsus 
'Cause the kids got no respect

                                        
For the law today (and blah btah blah)"


                      Dm7     
 "Save the life of my child!"

                     C       
 Cried the desperate mother.

                         F          
 "What's becoming of the children?"

                    C      G  
 People asking each other.


                                                
 When darkness fell, excitement kissed the crowd


And made them wild

                    C          G
The atmospheree was freaky holiday.

                    
When the spotlight hit the boy,

        G                     
And the crowd began to cheer,

C               
  He flew away!


Repeat and fade:

F                         C              C7   
Oh, my Grace, I've got no hiding place




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