6 of Paul Simon's Most Poetic Lyrics

October 13, 2019

Paul Simon owns 12 Grammy Awards, and he’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. The 78-year-old is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which actually best explains how he achieved the first two honors mentioned.

Simon’s poetic lyrics are the foundation on which his songs that gave become part of the fabric of America are built on. Sometimes you don’t even hear the music because the words are so overpowering.

“Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate” is in the top ten of the American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs. “Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon,” Simon sings alongside Art Garfunkel on the 1968 track. “Going to the candidates' debate. Laugh about it, shout about it. When you've got to choose, every way you look at this you lose.”

That’s just one example of how the Newark, NJ native was coming from a higher intellectual place than many of his contemporaries – no matter what era of his songwriting you’re talking about. Below are six more of Simon’s most poetic lyrics.