Tenderness chords by Paul Simon


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Tenderness | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| C9b5 |

Verse 1

| F | E7 | Am C | F F#dim7 |
What can I do, what can I do? Much of what you say is true,
| C/G | G G11 | C Eb/Bb Bb | Am C7 |
I know you see through me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty.

Verse 2

| F | E7 | Am C | F F#dim7 |
Right and wrong, right and wrong, never helped us get along.
| C/G | G G11 | C Eb/Bb Bb | Am E7 |
You say you care for me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty.

Bridge

| 5/4 F#m C#7 D7 C#7 | 4/4 A G#m11 E/B | A G#7 C#7 |
You and me, were such good friends, what’s your hurry?
| 5/4 F#m C#7 D7 C#7 | 4/4 A E/G# | Bm7 G7 | C C7 |
You and me, could make amends, I’m not worried, I’m not worried.

Verse 3

| F | E7 | Am C | F F#dim7 |
Honesty, honesty, it’s such a waste of energy.
| C/G | G G11 | C A7 |
I know you see through me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty. No, you don’t have to
| D7 G7 | G7 |
lie to me, just give me some tenderness.

Outro

| C Am | Ab9 G9 | C C7 |
| F F#dim7 | C | G | C Eb/Bb Bb | C |
Tenderness.


Tenderness | Chords + Lyrics (key of G)


Intro

| 12/8 G9b5 |

Verse 1

| C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
What can I do, what can I do? Much of what you say is true,
| G/D | D D11 | G Bb/F F | Em G |
I know you see through me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty.

Verse 2

| C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
Right and wrong, right and wrong, never helped us get along.
| G/D | D D11 | G Bb/F F | Em B7 |
You say you care for me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty.

Bridge

| 15/8 C#m G#7 A7 G#7 | 12/8 E B C# | E D#9 G#7 |
You and me, were such good friends, what’s your hurry?
| 15/8 C#m G#7 A7 G#7 | 12/8 E B/D# | F#m D7 | G G7 |
You and me, could make amends, I’m not worried, I’m not worried.

Verse 3

| C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
Honesty, honesty, it’s such a waste of energy.
| G/D | D D11 | G E |
I know you see through me, but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty. No, you don’t have to
| A7 D7 | D7 |
lie to me, just give me some tenderness.

Outro

| G Em | Eb9 D9 | G |
Mm, hm.
| C C#dim7 | G | D | G Bb/F F | G |
Oh-oh. mm-hm. Tenderness.


Tenderness chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Tenderness chord analysis + TAB T

The first chord, a G9b5 is a trick! It sounds like it’s the V chord going to chord I but it’s not, this is chord I, leading to chord IV.

Straight away we’re in for some seriously clever chord movements. Looks like Paul Simon picked up a thing or two since his days in Simon & Garfunkel.

If the chords seem complicated in Tenderness, check out the time signatures!

First of all, the original version is more straightforward in 4/4. My version has more of a triplet feel which puts it in 12/8. 12/8 is like 4/4 with a triplet over each beat.

When Tenderness eventually gets the extra beat, instead of calling those bars 5/4, they become a 15/8 time signature. This is not actually as complicated as it may sound, you simply add one more “beat of 1 2 3″.

Study the chords and lyrics above to get your head around Tenderness chords, it will take a while!

My version is transposed so it works with a female singer, so let’s focus on the chords you can see me play in the key of G.

The intro is simply a G9b5 chord played as an arpeggio, waiting for the verse to kick in.

The first verses are pretty much identical, only the last bar differs, Em – G, or Em – B7.

|12/8 C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
| G/D | D D11 | G Bb/F F | Em G |

| C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
| G/D | D D11 | G Bb/F F | Em B7 |

The bridge starts off with an odd time signature in 15/8.

| 15/8 C#m G#7 A7 G#7 | 12/8 E B C# | E D#9 G#7 |
| 15/8 C#m G#7 A7 G#7 | 12/8 E B/D# | F#m D7 | G |

The final verse includes more modifications.

| C | B7 | Em G | C C#dim7 |
| G/D | D D11 | G E |
| A7 D7 | D7 |

The outro dwells on the theme and finds even more chords!

| G Em | Eb9 D9 | G |
| C C#dim7 | G | D | G Bb/F F | G |

Tenderness will soon be available as 8 step-by-step guitar lessons. Until then, the TAB for what I play in the video is available for members.

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Paul Simon’s solo career in the ’70s is incredible!

I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating, what Paul Simon released in the ’70s is some of the best music the world has ever been gifted.

Starting out with the self-titled debut in 1970 we had Mother and Child Reunion as well as Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, two world-class tunes proving he could do this without Art’s harmonies.

The follow-up, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973) had Kodachrome, what we look at here (Tenderness), and Take Me to the Mardi Grass as the three opening tunes! Flip it over and you’ll find American Tune which is the only song considered for replacing the American National Anthem and then Love Me Like A Rock.

His last ’70s album, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975) had the title track as well as every drummer’s favourite, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

Could you imagine his headache when trying to put together a set list for a gig after all that as well as trying to include his Simon & Garfunkel highlights?

I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a better 1st world problem to have!


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