History Music / SimonAndGarfunkel

20th May '17 11:36:13 AM AnotherGuy
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* NukeEm: "The Sun Is Burning" features two sunsets -- one is not the sun.
23rd Apr '17 12:18:03 PM bt8257
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With the release of "The Sounds of Silence", Simon & Garfunkel became one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s of folk-rock alongside Music/TheByrds. The song was also their first hit on the pop charts, reaching the number one spot on New Year's Day in 1966. Subsequent hits included "I Am a Rock", "Homeward Bound", and "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", which combined the English folk ballad "Scarborough Fair" with an anti-war poem sung in counterpoint, Later, their fame took an ever bigger boost when their music was used in the film ''Film/TheGraduate'', which not only included their older songs (which was rare at that time for film) but also new material like "Mrs. Robinson."

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With the release of "The Sounds of Silence", Simon & Garfunkel became one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s of folk-rock alongside Music/TheByrds. The song was also their first hit on the pop charts, reaching the number one spot on New Year's Day in 1966. Subsequent hits included "I Am a Rock", "Homeward Bound", and "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", which combined the English folk ballad "Scarborough Fair" with an anti-war poem sung in counterpoint, counterpoint. Later, their fame took an ever bigger boost when their music was used in the film ''Film/TheGraduate'', which not only included their older songs (which was rare at that time for film) but also new material like "Mrs. Robinson."
Robinson".
19th Apr '17 11:32:13 AM Divra
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* HaveAGayOldTime:

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* HaveAGayOldTime: The lyrics for "Homeward Bound" use the term "one-night stand" to mean "a one-off performance by a touring act" rather than "a sexual encounter with no expectation of further interaction". Both terms would have been used at the time, and might still be understood, but now the sexual meaning has completely taken over.
19th Apr '17 11:28:10 AM Divra
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* HaveAGayOldTime:
5th Mar '17 12:09:16 PM Trueman001
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** "Blessèd" from ''Sounds of Silence'' is one to those "Christians" who pay lip-service to the dogma without understanding it. It's a reminder that the Second Commandment is "love thy neighbour", not "love thy white neighbour" nor "love thy well-off neighbour". Anyone, no matter how "low", is blessed.
18th Feb '17 11:53:41 PM bt8257
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* '''Art Garfunkel''' - lead vocals, piano (19571965, 19661970, 1975, 19811983, 1993, 20032004, 20092010)
* '''Music/PaulSimon''' - lead vocals, guitar (19571965, 19661970, 1975, 198183, 1993, 20032004, 20092010)

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* '''Art Garfunkel''' - lead vocals, piano (19571965, 19661970, (195770, 1975, 19811983, 1993, 20032004, 20092010)
* '''Music/PaulSimon''' - lead vocals, guitar (19571965, 19661970, (195770, 1975, 198183, 1993, 20032004, 20092010)
2nd Jan '17 10:27:51 PM mlsmithca
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* FolkMusic: More so on their earlier material.
* AFriendInNeed: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

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* FolkMusic: More so on their earlier material.
* AFriendInNeed: The singer of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"Water" tells the object of the song that he'll be there for them whenever they are struggling - as the refrain clarifies, "like a bridge over troubled water".



* HypocriticalHumor: "A Simple Desultory Philippic"

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* HypocriticalHumor: "A Simple Desultory Philippic"Philippic" has the singer snipe about someone being uncultured for not knowing who Music/BobDylan is... and reveal himself to be just as uncultured for not knowing who Creator/DylanThomas was (much less that he inspired the stage name of the man born Robert Zimmerman).
2nd Jan '17 10:20:57 PM mlsmithca
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* AmericanTitle: "America" is about a couple who go on a journey with no fixed destination in search of the essence of the country they call home, and could hardly have any title other than the object of their search: America.

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* AmericanTitle: "America" is about a couple who has the singer go on a journey with his girlfriend, a journey with no fixed destination in search of the essence of the country they call he calls home, and could hardly have any title other than the object of their search: America.



* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "3 AM" is a melancholy reflection from a man taking comfort in his lover's company one last time before the law takes him away. "Somewhere They Can't Find Me" changes the instrumentation to angry rock and adds new lyrics in the form of a chorus (including [[TitleDrop the title line]]) that indicate the singer plans to flee, unrepentant. Note that the same band released both the original ''and'' the cover.

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* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "3 "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" is a melancholy reflection from a man taking comfort in his lover's company one last time before the law takes him away. "Somewhere They Can't Find Me" changes the instrumentation to angry rock and adds new lyrics in the form of a chorus (including [[TitleDrop the title line]]) that indicate the singer plans to flee, unrepentant. Note that the same band released both the original ''and'' the cover.



* InTheStyleOf: Their early recordings as Tom and Jerry were a inspired by Music/TheEverlyBrothers' sound (whose song "Bye Bye Love" was covered on the ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'' album).
* IntercourseWithYou: "Cecilia" (going by a strictly literal interpretation of the song), "Baby Driver"
* LastNoteNightmare: "Richard Cory" features this with a stinger just before the final chorus, sure to startle.
-->He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch\\

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* IntercourseWithYou:
** "Cecilia", going by a strictly literal interpretation of the song; the bridge features the lines "Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia / Up in my bedroom".
** "Baby Driver" has a refrain that features the line "I wonder how your engines feel", and finally makes things more explicit in the last verse when the singer says his parents are away and invites the girl to "come into my room and play", clarifying that "I'm not talking about your pigtails / But I'm talking 'bout your sex appeal".
* InTheStyleOf: Their early recordings as Tom and Jerry were a inspired by Music/TheEverlyBrothers' sound (whose song "Bye Bye Love" was covered on the ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'' album).
* IntercourseWithYou: "Cecilia" (going by a strictly literal interpretation of the song), "Baby Driver"
* LastNoteNightmare:
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"Richard Cory" features this with a stinger just before the final chorus, sure to startle.
-->He --->He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch\\



* NotStayingForBreakfast: "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" is about a singer who has to leave his girlfriend while she sleeps on the day and time in the title, as he is fleeing arrest.

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* NotStayingForBreakfast: In "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" is about a (and its quasi-remake, "Somewhere They Can't Find Me"), the singer who has knows that he will have to leave his girlfriend while before she sleeps on wakes up a few hours from the day and time in the song's title, as he is fleeing arrest.facing arrest for knocking over a liquor store. (In the original, he seems resigned to this fate; in the remake, he has decided to flee.)



* OneWomanSong: "Mrs. Robinson", "Cecilia", "Kathy's Song", "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her".

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* OneWomanSong: OneWomanSong:
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"Mrs. Robinson", "Cecilia", Robinson" and "Cecilia" both pay tribute to the fictional women named in their titles.
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"Kathy's Song", Song" directly names Paul Simon's sometime girlfriend Kathy Chatty (who is also the Kathy in "America" and several other songs).
** The Emily of
"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her".Her" is sometimes said to refer to American poet Emily Dickinson, although other interpretations hold that she is also Kathy Chatty, or even a more abstract source of solace rather than necessarily a lover.



* TheSomethingSong: "The 59th Street Bridge Song" and "Kathy's Song"

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* TheSomethingSong: "The 59th Street Bridge Song" and "Kathy's Song"Song".



* TravelMontage: A musical version in "America".
* TravelingSalesman: "Keep the Customer Satisfied"

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* TravelMontage: A musical version in "America".
"America". In the first verse, Paul and Kathy decide to go on a journey together with the modest funds they have and board a Greyhound bus in Pittsburgh, Paul already having spent four days hitchhiking there from Saginaw, Michigan. In the second verse, the bus heads east across Pennsylvania, and when we last see the duo, Kathy is sleeping and Paul is counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, implying they are heading for New York City.
* TravelingSalesman: "Keep the Customer Satisfied"Satisfied".



* VocalTagTeam

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* VocalTagTeamVocalTagTeam: Though Paul Simon did the vast majority of the songwriting, Art Garfunkel would sometimes take over the lead vocals (most notably on "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which only briefly features vocals from Paul Simon).



* WanderlustSong: "And we walked off/To look for America"

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* WanderlustSong: "And we walked off/To look for America""America" is a fictionalised account of a journey Paul Simon undertook with his then-girlfriend Kathy Chatty to satisfy their desire to travel across America in search of what made the country what it was.
2nd Jan '17 6:46:24 PM mlsmithca
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Almost every song on the first side of ''Bookends'' leads directly into the next one.
** First, the initial, guitar-only appearance of the "Bookends Theme" is just fading away as the first note of "Save the Life of My Child" crashes on top of it.
** Then, just as "Save the Life of My Child" fades out, the humming that precedes the first verse of "America" starts to fade in under it.
** As the organ riff that concludes "America" disappears into silence, the sound of a match being struck appears over it to herald the next song, "Overs".
** Although there is a definite break between "Overs" and the next "song", "Voices of Old People", the conversations therein are just ending as the opening of "Old Friends" appears under them.
** But perhaps the most striking example comes in the last two songs on Side 1, as the string score of "Old Friends" reaches its final notes just as the guitar riff of the "Bookends Theme" begins appearing under it - to the point that [[SiameseTwinSongs it's hard to imagine the two songs played separately]].



* SingleStanzaSong: "Bookends"

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* SingleStanzaSong: "Bookends""Bookends Theme", the last song on Side 1 of ''Bookends'' (and the guitar riff from which opens the album), sounds as though it's a stray verse from a longer song, but it really is just four lines long:
-->Time it was and what a time it was, it was\\
A time of innocence, a time of confidences\\
Long ago it must be, I have a photograph\\
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you.
2nd Jan '17 6:30:41 PM mlsmithca
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* IAmSong: "I Am a Rock" - not literally, just in the sense of the singer cutting himself off from social interaction rather than risk the pain that he believes outweight any pleasures love and friendship might bring.

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* IAmSong: "I Am a Rock" - not literally, just in the sense of the singer cutting himself off from social interaction rather than risk the pain that he believes outweight outweigh any pleasures love and friendship might bring.bring, becoming an unfeeling "rock".
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