The music (and harmony vocals) of Simon & Garfunkel
is often considered to be so hauntingly beautiful, much of their output can really move one to tears.
- "Seven o'Clock News/Silent Night". There's just something in the juxtaposition of the calm and peaceful melody and all the violence in the news report.
- Just stop and really pay attention the next time you hear "The Sound of Silence".
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" can absolutely kill some people (not literally), as does the beautiful cover version by Eva Cassidy.
- "Scarborough Fair" becomes really depressing when you listen to the lyrics and realize what it actually says. Sarah Brightman's version is particularly haunting.
- "Old Friends/Bookends" can bring a tear to many a person's eye — and, as time goes on and he keeps getting older, it just gets sadder and sadder.
Preserve your memories,
they're all that's left you.
- "He Was My Brother", made worse by the fact that it's based on a true story.
- "The Boxer".
- "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her", especially the version found in their 1972 Greatest Hits album.
- "The Sun Is Burning".
- "Sparrow." My God, "Sparrow."
- "April Come She Will"
- "My Little Town"
- Their version of Daniel Robles "El Condor Pasa".
- "The Only Living Boy in New York," another autobiographical song.
- Their cover of Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game" manages to out-sad the original, which is no mean feat.
- Not to mention Garfunkel's solo tune "Bright Eyes", from the Watership Down soundtrack.
- The last verse of "A Most Peculiar Man":
He died last Saturday
With the windows closed, so he'd never wake up
to a silent world in his tiny room
And Mrs Reardon says he has a brother somewhere, who should be notified soon
And all the people said
"What a shame that he's dead, but
Wasn't he a most peculiar man?
- "I am a Rock"
Don't talk of love
Well, I've heard the word before
It's sleeping in my memory
I won't disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died
If I'd never loved I never would have cried
I am a rock
I am an island.
- "A Most Peculiar Man". Aside from the subject matter (a lonely man who kills himself), this line:
Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere / Who should be notified soon.