Train In The Distance


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


Eb         Bb9/D         Bb9m/Db        
   She was beautiful as Southern skies

C7                     
  The night he met her

Fm7                        Bb9  
    She was married to someone

Eb        Bb9/D       Bb9m/Db                 C       
   He was doggedly determined that he would get her

Fm7                    Ab/Eb Eb 
    He was old, he was young

                        Db/Eb         
 From time to time he'd tip his heart

Ab/Eb                       Ab   Ebmaj7/G  
      But each time she withdrew

Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Ebm7  
      Everybody thinks it's true

Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Ebm7  Eb  Db/Eb  Ab/Eb  Ebm7  
      Everybody thinks it's true


Eb       Bb9/D          Bb9m/Db      C7               
   Well eventually the boy and the girl get married

Fm7                         Bb9  
    Sure enough they have a son

Eb                 Bb9/D          Bb9m/Db                  C       
   And though they both were occupied with the child she carried

Fm7                     Ab/Eb Eb 
    Disagreements had begun

                     Db/Eb            
 And in a while they       fell apart

Ab/Eb                   Ab  Ebmaj7/G  
      It wasn't hard to do

Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Ebm7  
      Everybody thinks it's true
Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Eb   
      Everybody thinks it's true

Dbmaj9                    Cm7     
       Two disappointed believers

Bdim                        Cm7/Bb  
     Two people playing the game

Ab                  Eb/G
   Negotiations and love songs

    Gb       Db/F      Cb             Bb11     
Are often mistaken for    one and the same

Eb         Bb9/D        Bb9m/Db  C7              
   Now the man and the woman remain in contact
Fm7                         Bb9   
    Let us say it's for the child

Eb          Bb9/D                Bb9m/Db  
   With disagreements about the meaning

              C        
Of a marriage contract

Fm7                        Ab/Eb Eb 
    Conversations hard and wild

                
But from time to time

   Db/Eb           
He makes her laugh

Ab/Eb                     Ab  Ebmaj7/G  
      She cooks a meal or two


Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Ebm7  
      Everybody thinks it's true

Eb                     Db/Eb                            
   Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance

Ab/Eb                       Eb   
      Everybody thinks it's true

Dbmaj9                           Cm7   
       What is the point of this story

Bdim                     Cm7/Bb  
     What information pertains

Ab                                Eb/G
   The thought that life could be better

   Gb      Db/F    
Is woven indelibly

Cb          Bb11               Eb     Db/Eb  
   Into our hearts     and our brains

Ab/Eb         Ebm7                   
      (Like a train in the distance)


Repeat and fade:

Eb  Db/Eb  Ab/Eb  Ebm7  


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