Kafkaworld's Blog

April 29, 2012

On Simon and Garfunkel

Filed under: music,Uncategorized — kafkaworld @ 5:08 am
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Yesterday afternoon, I watched a wonderful documentary on SBS about Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.  It mainly concerned the making of their final album, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’, and it led me to spend too much time today playing all my old S & G LPs.

What a difference forty odd years makes to the lyrics of these songs.  When I first listened to them in the late sixties, I was an adolescent and, like most adolescents, I knew everything.  How I wish I could go back to those days.  My husband agrees, remarking that the main thing we had in common when we first met was that both of us were omniscient!  But life has a way of beating that out of you, and we no longer share that particular character trait.  Far from it.  Neither of us knows much at all about anything really, apart from how best to run each other’s lives.

So back to Bridge Over Troubled Waters.  “When you’re weary, feeling small, 

                                                                               When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;

I’m on your side.  When times get rough

     And friends just can’t be found …..”         and later

“If you need a friend I’m sailing right behind ….”

When I was 19, I had no idea what that was all about, thought I did but found out the hard way that I knew nothing.  I listened to that song again, remembering the sacrifices important people in my life have made for me over the years, tears pouring down my face.

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me

While I looked around for my possibilities.

I was so hard to please …”

Yes I’m an overly sentimental old woman, but that’s likely to get worse with time so get used to it.  One more before I go and risk boring everybody to teeth-grinding oblivion.

“The words of the prophets are

written on the subway walls,

and tenement halls

And whisper in the sound of silence”

That song never gets old for me.  Must be off now, one more LP to listen too before something mundane happens and reality butts in to spoil my day.

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