A little while back I posted a songbook for Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. A couple of week’s ago we (Southampton Ukulele Jam) did that as one of our album nights. To my (and, I think, quite a few of the people who came along) surprise, the night went really well. It’s one of those records that people kind of take for granted, and so often overlook, but it is a cracker of an album with a great selection of songs.
But it’s not the longest of albums, and I was a little worried we might finish a bit early. So I decided to add a couple of additional Simon and Garfunkel songs to the evening. But which to do? Well, I put it out to a public vote, and the winners were… …these two songs.
And what great songs they are. And how well they worked. I Am A Rock was a single taken from 1966’s Sounds of Silence, the album that marked the duo’s commercial breakthrough. And America was from 1968’s Bookends, the album that preceded Bridge Over Troubled Water – an album track, but one which has become a well-loved classic.
So two song sheets today. Both are reasonably straightforward, although for both I’ve added in beats-and-bars to help with the timings. I’ve added some little riffs for I Am A Rock, and there are some optional chords in America that you can add or omit as you choose. These are great songs, so sing out loud.