* AdaptationDisplacement: "Richard Cory" (the song) is much more well-known these days than "Richard Cory" (the poem by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Arlington_Robinson Edwin Arlington Robinson]] that the song is based on).
* CoveredUp: "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" from ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater'', which is just Simon's lyrics sung over the Los Incas version of the Peruvian folk song "El Cóndor Pasa" by Daniel Alomía Robles. Similarly, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" adds new lyrics sung in counterpoint to the original folk ballad.
** Robles' son sued Simon and Garfunkel in 1970 to gain a writer's credit for "El Cóndor Pasa", but noted that the court case itself was friendly since the oversight was the result of Simon being misled to believe it was a traditional folk song, and has stated he bears Simon no ill will. Los Incas similarly did not mind the fact that their instrumental backing had been used without permission, and even became friends with Simon and had him produce their first English-language album.
** Happened in the other direction with "Hazy Shade of Winter" after Music/TheBangles' version became a BreakawayPopHit.
*** Also with Harper's Bizarre and "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)".
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Cecilia", "The Boxer"... Heck, let's just include most of their catalog.
** The epic closing of "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Tons of interpretations of "The Boxer" say that its refrain of "Lie la lie" means something significant (e.g.: that the singer is actually lying about his whole tale). PaulSimon has gone on record as saying that he just couldn't think of [[SingingSimlish any words to sing there]].
* MemeticMutation: "Hello darkness my old friend..." has become a catch-all expression to describe despair after its use in the fourth season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* NightmareFuel: "The Sun is Burning", "Save the Life of My Child" (Also verges on TearJerker).
** "Anji" is a rather unsettling instrumental.
** How about the next three songs after that, where all three titular characters (Richard Cory, the Peculiar Man, and whoever "She" is) [[spoiler: die in very gruesome ways]]? It doesn't make it any less unsettling that the latter two songs-- ''especially'' "April Come She Will"-- [[DissonantSerenity are sung eerily soft.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** To modern audiences, "Save The Life of My Child" might sound like an early example of {{Industrial}} and {{Sampling}}.
** Many people don't realize "Scarborough Fair" is an English ballad a few centuries old, or that it has an even older version of the original called "The Elfin Knight".
* SignatureSong: "The Sound of Silence" has become the duo's only song most people are familiar with today.
* StuckInTheirShadow: Art Garfunkel, former TropeNamer for "LesserStar".
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Particularly on the ''Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme'' and ''Bookends'' albums, S&G could be every bit as inward-looking and melancholy as {{Emo}} (Though usually much less {{Narm}}-y).
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