I Am A Rock

by Paul Simon
from "Sounds Of Silence"

intro and outro:

--------2(3)-2(3)(2) play 4 times for intro
3---3-3------------- and repeat and fade for outro

A winter's day-
in a deep and dark December
Dm G7 F C
I am alone-
Dm7 Em7 Dm7 Em7
Gazing from my window to the streets below
Dm F G
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

F C F G C Am
I am a rock, I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mity
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
friendship causes pain
It's laughter and loving I disdain

I am a rock, I am an island

Don't talk of love
but I've heard the word before
It's sleeping in my memory
I won't disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried

I am a rock, I am an island

I have my books
and my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armour
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock, I am an island
Dm7 G C Dm7 G C
And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.

Dm7 = xx0211
Em7 = 020000

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