The Cool, Cool River


written and performed by Paul Simon
from "Rhythm Of The Saints."
Transcribed by Erik Strom.


F#m                               
Moves like a fist through traffic

                             
Anger and no one can heal it

      
Shoves a little bump into the momentum

     
It's just a little lump

                          
But you feel it in the...

F#m G#m        A           G#m    F#m G#m A G#m 
        In the creases and the shadows

F#m G#m        A             G#m F#m G#m A G#m 
        With a rattling deep emo-tion

F#m     G#m  A G#m  F#m G#m A G#m 
    The cool,  cool riv-er

F#m G#m        A     G#m    F#m G#m A G#m 
    Sweeps the wild, white ocean


F#m11                              
Yes Boss. The government handshake

                                  
Yes Boss. The crusher of language


Yes Boss. Mr. Stillwater,

                                    
The face at the edge of the banquet

F#m G#m     A    G#m     F#m  G#m A G#m 
        The cool,    the cool riv-er

F#m     G#m  A G#m F#m  G#m A G#m 
    The cool,  the cool riv-er


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        I believe in the  future

D/A   A   D/A    A  Eadd9add11/B 
I may live    in my car

         F#m/A 
My radio tuned to

D/A  A    D/A A      Eadd9add11/B  
The  voice      of a star

                                       
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn

F#m/A                          D/A          A D/A A  
Lightning pushes the edge of a thunderstorm

Eadd9add11/B                               
             And these old hopes and fears

F#m/A             D/A  A D/A A     F#m     
      Still at my side


F#m                          
Anger and no one can heal it

                                  
Slides through the metal detector

                           
Lives like a mole in a motel

                             
A slide in a slide projector


F#m     G#m  A G#m  F#m  G#m A G#m 
    The cool,       cool riv-er

F#m G#m   A     G#m         F#m  G#m A G#m 
    Sweeps  the wild, white ocean

F#m     G#m  A     G#m     F#m  G#m   A     G#m 
    The rage,  the rage of love turns inward

F#m G#m    A       G#m  F#m   G#m A G#m 
        To prayers of devotion

F#m
    And these prayers are

                                        
The constant road across the wilderness

                  
These prayers are

                       F#m G#m A G#m  F#m G#m A    G#m 
 These prayers are the memory                   of God

F#m G#m A G#m     F#m G#m A G#m F#m        
              The memory            of God

        Eadd9add11/B  F#m/A 
And I believe in the  future

D/A      A   D/A        A        
We shall         suffer no more

Eadd9add11/B                 F#m/A 
             Maybe not in my lifetime

D/A        A     D/A A        Eadd9add11/B  
    But in yours       I feel sure


                                       
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn

F#m/A                          D/A          A D/A A  
Lightning pushes the edge of a thunderstorm


Eadd9add11/B           D  
             And these streets

           A 
Quiet as a sleeping army

           E7/G#              A       D/A           
Send their battered dreams to heaven,     to heaven

                  E/B      A
 For the mother's restless son

                              D/A     
Who is a witness to, who is a warrior

                     E/B A  
 Who denies his urge to  break and run


           
Who says: Hard times?

                 
I'm used to them

D/A                       
    The speeding planet burns

                 
I'm used to that

                     E/B     A
 My life's so common it disappears

              D/A            
And sometimes     even music

              E/B      A       
 Cannot substitute for   tears


Repeat and fade:

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