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Paul Simon

Data de nascimento: 13. Outubro 1941

Paul Frederic Simon é um cantor e compositor norte-americano de música folk rock. Foi considerado o 93º melhor guitarrista de todos os tempos pela revista norte-americana Rolling Stone.

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„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)
Contexto: 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 gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow.“

—  Paul Simon

Father and Daughter
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Contexto: I'm gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow.
Gonna paint a sign so you'll always know.
As long as one and one is two.
There could never be a father who loved
His daughter more than I love you.

„I am walking up the face of the mountain. Counting every step I climb.“

—  Paul Simon

"That's Me"
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Contexto: I am walking up the face of the mountain. Counting every step I climb. Remembering the names of the constellations. Forgotten is a long, long time.

„Maybe the heart is part of the mist.
And that's all that there is or could ever exist.“

—  Paul Simon

I Don't Believe
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Contexto: Maybe the heart is part of the mist.
And that's all that there is or could ever exist.
Maybe and maybe and maybe some more.
Maybe's the exit that I'm looking for.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

„Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away.“

—  Paul Simon

Slip Slidin' Away
Song lyrics
Contexto: Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away.
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away.

„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)
Contexto: 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"

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„Still crazy after all these years.“

—  Paul Simon

Still Crazy After All These Years
Song lyrics, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
Contexto: Now I sit by my window and I watch the cars
I fear I’ll do some damage
One fine day
But I would not be convicted
By a jury of my peers
Still crazy
Still crazy
Still crazy after all these years.

„God only knows
God makes his plan
The information's unavailable
To the mortal man.“

—  Paul Simon

Slip Slidin' Away
Song lyrics
Contexto: God only knows
God makes his plan
The information's unavailable
To the mortal man.
We work our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we're gliding down the highway
When in fact we're slip slidin' away.

„And the war rages on in a land called somewhere“

—  Paul Simon

"The Side of a Hill" (written under the pseudonym "Paul Kane" out of his admiration for the film Citizen Kane) on The Paul Simon Song Book (1965)
Contexto: And the war rages on in a land called somewhere
And Generals order their men to kill
And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten
While a little cloud weeps on the side of a hill.

„Well its great to do a neighborhood concert.“

—  Paul Simon

During the Concert At Central Park (19 September 1981)
Contexto: Well its great to do a neighborhood concert. I hope everyone can hear us. I hope that the sound is good. I hope we are blasting Central Park West and Fifth avenue pretty much away. I just want to thank the police department and the fire department and the parks commissioner, and Ed Koch [Audience boos] — and particularly, you know, people that never get recognized for doing good things for the city, a group of people that have donated half of the proceeds that they're making tonight — the guys who are selling loose joints are giving the city half of their income tonight.

„And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made“

—  Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Contexto: 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 write from instinct, from inexplicable sparkle. I don't know why I'm writing what I'm writing. Usually, I sit and I let my hands wander on my guitar. And I sing anything. I play anything. And I wait till I come across a pleasing accident. Then I start to develop it.“

—  Paul Simon

Interview with Tony Schwartz in Playboy (February 1984) p. 166
Contexto: I write from instinct, from inexplicable sparkle. I don't know why I'm writing what I'm writing. Usually, I sit and I let my hands wander on my guitar. And I sing anything. I play anything. And I wait till I come across a pleasing accident. Then I start to develop it. Once you take a piece of musical information, there are certain implications that it automatically contains — the implication of that phrase elongated, contracted, or inverted or in another time signature. So you start with an impulse and go to what your ear likes.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

„How can you live in the Northeast?
How can you live in the South?“

—  Paul Simon

How Can You Live In The Northeast?
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Contexto: How can you live in the Northeast?
How can you live in the South?
How can you build on the banks of a river
When the flood water pours from the mouth? How can you be a Christian?
How can you be a Jew?
How can you be a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu?
How can you?

„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
Contexto: 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.

„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)
Contexto: 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.

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