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Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

Paul Simon

from the album Paul Simon released in 1972

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Lyrics

Intro

AD6AE (x4, with riff)

Verse

A Mama pajama rolled out of bed D Then she ran to the police station E When papa found out he began to shout A And he started the investigation D A It was against the law, it was against the law D A What the mama saw, it was against the law Oh, mama look down and spit on the ground Every time my name gets mentioned Papa said "Oy, if I get that boy... ...I'm gonna stick him in the house of detention"

Chorus

D Well, I'm on my way A I don't know where I'm going D I'm on my way A B E I'm taking my time but I don't know where D A Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona A G D E AD6AE See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard A G D E AD6AE See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard (instrumental chorus, end with E7 and "whoa!") In a couple of days they come to take me away But the press let the story leak And when the radical preach come to get me released We's all on the cover of Newsweek And I'm on my way I don't know where I'm going I'm on my way I'm taking my time but I don't know where Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard (repeat intro to end)

Notes & Tabs

Intro Chords / Riff

The trick here is to bar the 5th fret with your index finger for the A and D6 chords -- and then slide the bar down to the 4th fret to play the E. Use your middle and ring fingers to play the other notes.

e-|----5--5--5--x-----7--7--x-----5--5--5--5--x-----4--4--4--x-----
B-|----5--5--5--x-----7--7--x-----5--5--5--5--x-----5--5--5--x-----
G-|----6--6--6--x-----7--7--x-----6--6--6--6--x-----4--4--4--x-----
D-|----7--7--7--x-----7--7--x-----7--7--7--7--x-----6--6--6--x-----
A-|----------------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------
       A              D6          A                 E 

Other Chords

Here are some tabs for the various chords used in the song. Open chord tabs are shown on the left, while barred versions of the same chords are shown on the right. Mix it up as you please.

e-|---0----2----0----3----1----|----5----5----7----4----3----2----7-----
B-|---2----3----0----3----0----|----5----7----9----5----3----4----7-----
G-|---2----2----1----0----2----|----6----7----9----4----4----4----8-----
D-|---2----0----2----0----1----|----7----7----9----6----5----4----9-----
A-|---0---------2----2----2----|----7----5----7----7----5----2----9-----
E-|-------------0----3---------|----5-------------------3---------7-----
      A    D    E    G    B         A    D    E    E    G    B    B 

Chord Progressions

Intro

AD6AE (x4, with riff)

Verse

"Mama pajama rolled out of bed..."
| A . . . | . . D . | . . E . | . . . . |
| A . . . |
"It was against the law..."
| D . . . | A . . . | D . . . | A . . . |

Chorus

"Well I'm on my way..."
| D . . . | A . . . | D . . . | A B E . |
| D . . . | A . . . |
"See you, me, and Julio down by the schoolyard..."
| AGDE | AD6AE | (x2)

Song Info

Song: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Artist: Paul Simon
Album: Paul Simon
Year: 1972
Label: Columbia

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