Words & Music by

Paul Simon


Am                               G

Couple in the next room, they're bound to win a prize.

             C     C/B   D   D/F#  G

They've been going at it all night long.

         F                  C                F               C

Well I'm trying to get some sleep, but these motel walls are cheap.

        F            C                  G               Am

Lincoln Duncan is my name and here's my song, here's my song.


My father was a fisherman, my mama was a fisherman's friend.

And I was born in the boredom and the chowder.

So, when I reached my prime, I left my home in the Maritimes

And headed down the turnpike for New England, Sweet New England.


Am / F / | G / C / | F / / / | C / / / |

Am / F / | G / C / | G / / / | Am / / / |


Holes in my confidence, holes in the knees of my jeans.

I was left without a penny in my pocket.

Oooo-wee! I's about as destituted as a kid could be.

And I wish I wore a ring so I could hock it, I'd like to hock it.


A young girl in a parking lot was preaching to a crowd.

Singing sacred songs and reading from the Bible.

Well, I told her I was lost and she told me all about the Pentecost.

And I seen that girl as the road to my survival.


Am / F / | G / C / | F / / / | C / / / |

Am / F / | G / C / | G / / / | Am / / / |


Just later on the very same night when I crept to her tent with a flashlight.

And my long years of innocence ended.

Well, she took me to the woods saying, "Here comes somethin' and it feels so good!"

And just like a dog I was befriended, I was befriended.


Oh, oh, what a night!  Oh, what a garden of delight!

Even now that sweet memory lingers.

I was playing my guitar & lying underneath the stars.

Just thanking the lord for my fingers, for my fingers.


Am / F / | G / C / | F / / / | C / / / |

Am / F / | G / C / | G / / / | Am / / / |


[original key is Em]

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