Simon and Garfunkel Lyrics
The lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel's songs were the voice of a generation disillusioned by war, legal inequality, poverty, riots in the streets and other social unrest during the 1960s. Yet these lyrics have stood the test of time and reveal a strong sense of craftsmanship and intelligence beyond the baby-I-love-you platitudes that popular music has regurgitated for over a century.
"The Sound of Silence"
Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping, And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence. In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone. 'Neath the halo of a street lamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp. When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light, That split the night And touched the sound of silence. And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share, And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence. "Fools", said I, "You do not know, Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you." But my words, like silent raindrops, fell And echoed In the wells of silence. And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made. And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming. And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls" And whispered in the sounds of silence.
CHORUS And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. Jesus loves you more than you will know, Whoa whoa whoa. God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson. Heaven holds a place for those who pray, Hey hey hey, hey hey hey. We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files. We'd like to help you learn to help yourself. Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes; Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home. CHORUS Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes; Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes. It's a little secret, just the Robinsons' affair. Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids. SECOND CHORUS Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs Robinson Jesus loves you more than you will know, Whoa whoa whoa. God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson. Heaven holds a place for those who pray, Hey hey hey, hey hey hey. Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon, Going to the candidates debate. Laugh about it, shout about it, When you've got to choose, Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose. THIRD CHORUS Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Woo woo woo. What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin' Joe has left and gone away? Hey hey hey, hey hey hey.
"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin' groovy. Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da...Feelin' Groovy. Hello lamp-post, What cha knowin'? I've come to watch your flowers growin'. Ain't cha got no rhymes for me? Doot-in' doo-doo, Feelin' groovy. I've got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you, All is groovy.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
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. CHORUS And friends just can't be found, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. When you're down and out, When you're on the street, When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you. I'll take your part. When darkness comes SECOND CHORUS And pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Sail on Silver Girl, Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. If you need a friend, THIRD CHORUS I'm sailing right behind, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.
These are some of the many lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel's songs; these songs represent the most successful and acclaimed examples of their work.