Paul Simon Songs
Paul Simon

There are musical storytellers—and then there’s the low-key but wildly ambitious Paul Simon, who copyrighted his first song with partner Art Garfunkel when they were in their early teens. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1941, Simon mixed the mass appeal of ’50s rock ’n’ roll with the intros ...

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There are musical storytellers—and then there’s the low-key but wildly ambitious Paul Simon, who copyrighted his first song with partner Art Garfunkel when they were in their early teens. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1941, Simon mixed the mass appeal of ’50s rock ’n’ roll with the introspection of the singer/songwriter era, opening up a universe of emotional terrain previously unexplored in popular music. (Just listen to the playful poetry of 1968’s “Mrs. Robinson” or the existential ache of “The Sound of Silence”—songs you could whistle along to, or subject to rigorous literary analysis.) Though he was originally associated with folk, Simon is a remarkably eclectic artist, drawing variously on gospel and jazz, Brazilian batucada, and, perhaps most famously, South African township music. His landmark 1986 album, Graceland, helped build a bridge for his collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba during the height of apartheid. For as uplifting as his music can be (think: the chorus chant of “Cecilia,” the rocksteady of “Mother and Child Reunion,” and the bright horns of “You Can Call Me Al”), at its heart is a profound bittersweetness. Embarking on his farewell tour in 2018, Simon celebrates an inimitable career spent mining themes of aging, separation, and loss with a muted reserve, suggesting that all things—good and bad—do pass.

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Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

You Can Call Me Al

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Kodachrome

Kodachrome

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Slip Slidin' Away

Slip Slidin' Away

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Late In the Evening

Late In the Evening

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

You Can Call Me Al

  Graceland

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Paul Simon - Loves Me Like a Rock

Loves Me Like a Rock

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion

Mother and Child Reunion

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons & Paul Simon)

The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons & Paul Simon)

  Traveler

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Paul Simon - Graceland

Graceland

  Graceland

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Paul Simon - Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes

Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years

Still Crazy After All These Years

  The Essential Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes

Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes

  Graceland

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Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

  Paul Simon

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Paul Simon - Can't Run But

Can't Run But

  The Rhythm of the Saints

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Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

  Still Crazy After All These Years

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Paul Simon - Kodachrome

Kodachrome

  There Goes Rhymin' Simon

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Paul Simon - My Little Town

My Little Town

  The Best of Simon & Garfunkel

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Paul Simon - The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons & Paul Simon)

The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons & Paul Simon)

  Babel (Deluxe Version)

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Paul Simon - Kodachrome (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

Kodachrome (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

  Live In New York City

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Paul Simon - Gumboots (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

Gumboots (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

  Live In New York City

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Paul Simon - The Only Living Boy in New York (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

The Only Living Boy in New York (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

  Live In New York City

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Paul Simon - The Boy In the Bubble (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

The Boy In the Bubble (Live at Webster Hall, New York City - June 2011)

  Live In New York City

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