And the moon rose over an open field

Here’s one of Paul Simon’s best songs, “America”, from Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 album Bookends; a song that is recently getting play on a certain TV commercial… Has Simon sold out? Well, the TV commercial is about patronizing local, small-town businesses. So I suspect Simon must have licensed the song for that message, which is consistent with the song’s theme of searching for the true America.

“Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping.
“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why”
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America

While we’re at it, here’s the YouTube of what I think of as the Ur-Simon & Garfunkel song — Scarborough Fair, with its gorgeous overlapping counterpoint melodies. (And its fundamental Italian sauce ingredients: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme.)

Wikipedia on the ballad: Scarborough Fair (ballad)

But then we may as well link Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest song.

…All your dreams are on their way…


Paul let Art sing this.


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