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Paul Simon

Geburtstag: 13. Oktober 1941

Paul Frederic Simon ist ein US-amerikanischer Musiker und Schauspieler.

Zusammen mit seinem Freund Arthur Garfunkel, den er im Frühsommer 1953 bei den Proben zu dem Schauspiel Alice im Wunderland kennenlernte, bildete er zunächst das Musiker-Duo „Tom and Jerry“ . Später nannten sie sich schlicht „Simon & Garfunkel“, wobei Simon praktisch alle Songs komponierte. Der kommerzielle Durchbruch gelang ihnen im Jahre 1965 mit dem Lied The Sound of Silence.

Simon veröffentlichte auch unter den Namen „Jerry Landis“ und als Mitglied der Doo-Wop-Gruppe „Tico & the Triumphs“ Titel wie The Lone Teen Ranger und Motorcycle , das als Motorbiene in Deutschland in der Fassung mit Benny Quick zum Hit wurde. Außerdem verwendete er als Komponist einige Male das Pseudonym „Paul Kane“.

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„But you don't need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace,
Try to help the human race.
Struggling to survive its harshest hour.“

—  Paul Simon

Father and Daughter
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Trust your intuition.
It's just like goin' fishin'.
You cast your line and hope you get a bite.
But you don't need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace,
Try to help the human race.
Struggling to survive its harshest hour.

„And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening“

—  Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Kontext: 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 shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

„I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.“

—  Paul Simon

Everything About It Is a Love Song
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.
If I ever come back as a tree, or a crow, or even the wind-blown dust; find me on the ancient road in the song when the wires are hushed. Hurry on and remember me, as I'll remember you. Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.

„We don't mean to mess things up,
But mess them up we do.“

—  Paul Simon

Everything About It Is a Love Song
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: We don't mean to mess things up,
But mess them up we do.
And then it's "Oh, I'm sorry."
Here's a smiling photograph
Of love when it was new.
At a birthday party.
Make a wish and close your eyes:
Surprise, surprise, surprise.

„But all that is changed now.
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars.Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers
In every language spoken.“

—  Paul Simon

Wartime Prayers
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,
Appeals for love, or love's release, in private invocationsBut all that is changed now.
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars.Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers
In every language spoken.
For every family scattered and broken.

„Instead of thinking in terms of chords, I think of voice-leading“

—  Paul Simon

As quoted in "Paul Simon's Workshop at the Guitar Study Center" by Richard Albero and Fred Styles in Guitar Player (April 1975), p. 20
Kontext: Instead of thinking in terms of chords, I think of voice-leading; that is, melody line and bass line, and where the bass line goes. If you do that, you'll have the right chord. [These voices] will give you some alternatives, and you can play those different alternatives to hear which one suits your ear... Keep the bass line moving so you don't stay in one spot: if you have an interesting bass line and you roll it against the melody, the chords are going to come out right.

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„Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.“

—  Paul Simon

Everything About It Is a Love Song
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.
If I ever come back as a tree, or a crow, or even the wind-blown dust; find me on the ancient road in the song when the wires are hushed. Hurry on and remember me, as I'll remember you. Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.

„I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.“

—  Paul Simon

Wartime Prayers
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Because you cannot walk with the holy,
If you're just a halfway decent man.
But I don't pretend that I'm a mastermind
With a genius marketing plan.I'm trying to tap into some wisdom,
Even a little drop would do.
I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.

„Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,“

—  Paul Simon

Wartime Prayers
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,
Appeals for love, or love's release, in private invocationsBut all that is changed now.
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars.Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers
In every language spoken.
For every family scattered and broken.

„No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away“

—  Paul Simon

Mother and Child Reunion
Song lyrics
Kontext: No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away,
Oh, little darling of mine
I can't for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don't work out that way...

„And the sign said "The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence"“

—  Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Kontext: 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 sound of silence"

„I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.“

—  Paul Simon

You Can Call Me Al
Song lyrics, Graceland (1986)
Kontext: A man walks down the street
He says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.

„I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin',
I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where.“

—  Paul Simon

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Song lyrics
Kontext: I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin',
I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where.
Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard.

„I wanted to sing other types of songs that Simon and Garfunkel wouldn't do.“

—  Paul Simon

On the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel as a musical team. Interview with Jon Landau for Rolling Stone (1972); republished in The Rolling Stone Interviews: 1967-1980 (1989) edited by Peter Herbst, p. 210
Kontext: I wanted to sing other types of songs that Simon and Garfunkel wouldn't do. "Mother and Child Reunion" for example, is not a song that you would have normally thought that Simon and Garfunkel would have done. It's possible that they might have. But it wouldn't have been the same, and I don't know if I would have been so inclined in that direction. So for me it was a chance to break out and gamble a little bit … The breakup had to do with a natural drifting apart as we got older and the separate lives that were more individual. We weren't so consumed with recording and performing. We had other activities … there was no great pressure to stay together other than money, which exerted very little influence upon us. … We didn't need the money.

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