Album review- Paul Simon, ‘So beautiful, so what?’

Michaela bought me this for Christmas.

I watched a bit of the Glastonbury footage of Paul Simon and loved it. My brother in law was there and walked away as he was not impressed so I can only assume that it did not come across as well to the live audience.

However the album is full of interesting little twists and turns, along with great hooks and harmonies.

I was also impressed as ever by the songwriting- and the poetry of the lyrics.

When you have written songs that were the soundtrack of a whole generation (Simon wrote all of those old Simon and Garfunkel hits that are so familiar that we forget just how good they were) it must be hard to keep creating something new and interesting.

Yet this album is just that.

Here are the lyrics of my favourite song from the album…

Love And Hard Times

God and His only Son
Paid a courtesy call on Earth
One Sunday morning
Orange blossoms opened their fragrant lips
Songbirds sang from the tips of Cottonwoods
Old folks wept for His love in these hard times

“Well, we got to get going,” said the restless Lord to the Son
“There are galaxies yet to be born
Creation is never done
Anyway, these people are slobs here
If we stay it’s bound to be a mob scene
But, disappear, and it’s love and hard times”

I loved her the first time I saw her
I know that’s an old songwriting cliché
Loved you the first time I saw you
Can’t describe it any other way
Any other way
The light of her beauty was warm as a summer day
Clouds of antelope rolled by
No hint of rain to come
In the prairie sky
Just love, love, love, love, love

When the rains came, the tears burned, windows rattled, locks turned
It’s easy to be generous when you’re on a roll
It’s hard to be grateful when you’re out of control
And love is gone

The light at the edge of the curtain
Is the quiet dawn
The bedroom breathes
In clicks and clacks
Uneasy heartbeat, can’t relax
But then your hand takes mine
Thank God, I found you in time
Thank God, I found you
Thank God, I found you

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