Song About The Moon


written and performed by Paul Simon
from "Hearts And Bones."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.


F   Bb/F F     Bb/F 
Mmm---------------------

F                                       C    
  If you want to write a song about the moon

Dm       F7                      Bb        Eb9(no 3rd)  
   Walk along the craters of the afternoon

F                      C6/E
  When the shadows are deep

        A7            Dm 
And the light is alien

Bb                          Eb            Edim 
   And gravity leaps like a knife off the pavement

        F                              C   
And you want to write a song about the moon

C#dim     Dm7             F7        Bb  
      You want to write a spiritual tune

Bdim      F                   Am/E     
     Then nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, 

Bbmaj7 F(addG)/A  G7
Yeah,  yeah,      presto

C7sus4                F
       Song about the moon

   Bb/F F     Bb/F 
Mmm---------------------

F                                       C     
  If you want to write a song about the heart

Dm        F7              Bb             Eb9(no 3rd)  
   Think about the moon before you start

F                       C6/E        A7                  Dm 
  'cause the heart will howl Like a dog in the moonlight

Bb                                  Eb          Edim 
   And the heart can explode like a pistol on a June night

          F                              C    C#dim 
So if you want to write a song about the heart

Dm7          F7            Bb  
And its ever longing for a counterpart


Bdim      F                   Am/E     
     Then nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, 

Bbmaj7 F(addG)/A  
Yeah,  yeah,      

G7         C7sus4         F   Bb/F F  Bb/F F 
   Write a song about the moon


Dm7              Fmaj7/C
    The laughing boy

   Abmaj9     D7
He laughed so hard

   Gm        D7       Gm    
He fell down from his place

Dm7              Fmaj7/C
    The laughing girl

    Bbmaj7    A7
She laughed so hard

    Dm          G9          C9         
The tears rolled   down her face, whoa


F             Bb/F
Hey Songwriter

F                Bb/F    F            Bb/F F 
  If you want to write a song about a face

F                    C     
  Think about a photograph

         Dm             F7             Bb          Eb9(no 3rd)  
That you really can't remember But you can't erase

F           C6/E     A7                  Dm 
  Wash your hands in dreams and lightning

Bb                           Eb      Edim 
   Cut off your hair and whatever is frightening

       F                            C   C#dim
If you want to write a song About a face

       Dm7             F7             Bb  
If you want to write a song about the human race


Bdim      F                   Am/E     
     Then nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, 

Bbmaj7 F(addG)/A  
Yeah,  yeah,      

G7         C7sus4         F   C C#dim Dm 
   Write a song about the moon
F7 Bb  Bbm        F                              C
   Oh,     if you want to write a song about the moon

C#dim     Dm7             F7        Bb  Bdim
      You want to write a spirituaI tune

F                   Am/E     
nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, 
Bbmaj7       F(addG)/A 
Yeah,  yeah, yeah,      yeah     

     G7 
Then do it

        C7sus4         F   
Write a song about the moon 

   Bb/F F     Bb/F F 
Mmm-----------------

Repeat and fade:

F   Bb/F F     Bb/F F 
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