#264: There Goes Rhymin' Simon by Paul Simon


There Goes Rhymin' Simon by Paul Simon (1973)

Favorite Track(s): "Kodachrome" and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" and "American Tune" and "St. Judy's Comet" and "Loves Me Like a Rock"

Thoughts: YES! Paul Simon makes his first appearance on the List! I'm relieved, excited, content. Feels good, feels right.

"Kodachrome" is one of the greatest songs ever. So sing-a-long-able, so peppy and full of awesome lyrics, like "When I look back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." Plus the incredible piano towards the end. My only complaint really is that it's about his Nikon camera, and I'm in a Canon family. But I'll let it slide.

As for "Something So Right", I recommend serenading your significant other with it. Or if you're not much of a singer, play it on the stereo at least. Really romantic and sweet.

"American Tune" confused me for ages because it sounded like one of my favorite hymns, "O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded" which apparently is also known as "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" and "O Sacred Head, Surrounded" and it's a chorale from St. Matthew's Passion by Bach. And "American Tune" does borrow heavily but also expands on it.

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
Or driven to its knees
Oh, but it’s all right, it’s all right
For lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
We’re traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
Oh, it’s all right, it’s all right
It’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest

Fantastic. Reminds me of a Bruce Springsteen song.

And finally, "St. Judy's Comet." This song goes on every lullaby CD I ever make for myself for couple friends who have babies. Either Paul's version or Kenny Loggins, from the most amazing lullaby CD of all time, Return to Pooh Corner. The song is about waking up your sleeping boy to see a comet. What more do you need to know? Wonderful. Kenny's version has bird chirping!

Is This Better Than Help!?: Yes!


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