Songs written by Paul Simon

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  1. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

    50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

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    "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is a 1975 hit song by Paul Simon, from his album Still Crazy After All These Years. Backing vocals on the single were performed by Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, and Phoebe Snow.


  2. 7 O'clock News/silent Night

    7 O'clock News/silent Night (1966)

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    "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966). The track is sound collage juxtaposing a rendition of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" with a simulated "7 O'Clock News" bulletin of the actual events of August 3, 1966.


  3. A Hazy Shade Of Winter

    A Hazy Shade Of Winter (1966)

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    "A Hazy Shade of Winter" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on October 22, 1966, initially as a stand-alone single, but was subsequently included on the duo's fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.


  4. A Simple Desultory Philippic

    A Simple Desultory Philippic (1966)

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    "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission)" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Originally recorded for Simon's 1965 UK-only debut, The Paul Simon Songbook, it was recorded soon after by Simon and his partner, Art Garfunkel, for the duo's third album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It is generally considered a parody of American musician Bob Dylan's writing style, especially that of "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)", a lengthy piece released on Dylan's 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The original version was subtitled "Or how I was Lyndon Johnson'd into Submission" in a spoken introduction at the beginning, after Simon announced the song's title. The subtitle does not appear on the sleeve or the disc label.


  5. America

    America (1968)

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    "America" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). Produced by the duo themselves and Roy Halee, the song was later issued as a single in 1972 to promote the release of Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits. The song was written by Paul Simon and concerns young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United States, in search of "America," one both literal and physical.


  6. American Tune

    American Tune (1982)

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    "American Tune" is a song written and first performed by Paul Simon. The song first appeared on There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Simon's second solo album following the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel. It was also released as a single, Columbia 45900, which eventually reached #35 on the Billboard charts in the United States.


  7. At the Zoo

    At the Zoo (1966)

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    "At the Zoo" was one of Simon's and Garfunkel's single releases in 1967.


  8. Bookends Theme

    Bookends Theme (1968)

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    "Bookends Theme", also known as "Bookends", is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). It appears twice on the track listing, as the first and last song on side one of the original vinyl LP.


  9. Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971)

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    "Bridge over Troubled Water" is the title song of Simon & Garfunkel's album of the same name. The single was released on January 26, 1970, though it also appears on the live album Live 1969, released in 2008. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 28, 1970, and stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks. "Bridge over Troubled Water" also topped the adult contemporary chart in the U.S. for six weeks. The single has sold 6 million copies worldwide.


  10. Cecilia

    Cecilia (1970)

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    "Cecilia" is a song written by US musician Paul Simon. It was first recorded by Simon and Garfunkel for their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water. When released as a single, it reached #4 in the US charts. The single did not chart in the UK, despite being released as the follow-up to Simon and Garfunkel's number one hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water".


  11. Cloudy

    Cloudy (1966)

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    "Cloudy" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966).


  12. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (1986)

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    Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes is a 1986 single by Paul Simon from his global smash album Graceland. It made #77 on the UK Singles Chart. Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing in Zulu on this track. Their refrain roughly translates to: "It's not usual but in our days we see those things happen. They are women, they can take care of themselves." The song was not originally intended to be on the album but when the release date was pushed back, the song was recorded before an appearance on Saturday Night Live. The performance from that show is considered by some to be one of the most memorable musical performances in SNL's history.


  13. Duncan

    Duncan (1972)

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    "Duncan" is the second song of Paul Simon's February 1972 album Paul Simon, his first solo endeavor after the dissolution of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song was also released as a single in July 1972 as "Duncan" b/w "Run That Body Down".


  14. Fakin' It

    Fakin' It (1966)

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    "Fakin' It" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on July 7, 1967 as the third single from the duo's fourth studio album, Bookends (1968).


  15. Father and Daughter

    Father and Daughter (2006)

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    Father and Daughter is a Paul Simon song, originally released as a single. It is a notable addition to the Simon anthology mainly because the song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. It was written for the animated family film The Wild Thornberrys Movie and released in 2002. The song also appeared on the movie soundtrack album, and a different mix of the same performance was used for Simon's 2006 release, Surprise, and the 2007 best-of compilation, The Essential Paul Simon.


  16. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her

    For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (1966)

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    "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" is a song written by Paul Simon. It is the tenth track on Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 album by Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, where it is sung by Art Garfunkel.


  17. Graceland

    Graceland (1983)

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    "Graceland" is the title song of the album Graceland, released in 1986 by Paul Simon. The song features vocals by The Everly Brothers.


  18. Homeward Bound

    Homeward Bound (1966)

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    "Homeward Bound" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966). Produced by Bob Johnston, the song was released as a single on January 19, 1966 by Columbia Records. Written by Paul Simon, the song was composed in 1964 during his period in London, England. Away from his love interest Kathy Chitty while touring clubs, Simon felt depressed and homesick. He first penned the song on a scrap of paper outside the Widnes railway station in Widnes.


  19. I Am a Rock

    I Am a Rock (1966)

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    "I Am a Rock" is a song written by Paul Simon. It was first performed by Simon alone as the opening track on his album The Paul Simon Songbook which he originally recorded and released in August 1965, only in the United Kingdom. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, as the American pop/folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, re-recorded it on December 14, 1965, and included as the final track on their album Sounds of Silence, which they released on January 17, 1966.


  20. Kodachrome

    Kodachrome (1973)

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    "Kodachrome" is a song written and recorded by Paul Simon. It appeared on his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon.


  21. Loves Me Like a Rock

    Loves Me Like a Rock (1973)

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    "Loves Me Like a Rock" is a 1973 song recorded by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who also wrote the song which appears on his solo album There Goes Rhymin' Simon.


  22. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

    Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (1972)

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    "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon from his 1972 self-titled album.


  23. Mother and Child Reunion

    Mother and Child Reunion (1971)

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    "Mother and Child Reunion" is a song by Paul Simon on his album, Paul Simon (1972), his first solo album after Bridge Over Troubled Water. It was released as a single on February 5, 1972, reaching #1 in South Africa and #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, and was one of the earliest songs by a white musician to feature prominent elements of reggae.


  24. Mrs. Robinson

    Mrs. Robinson (1968)

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    "Mrs. Robinson" is a song written by Paul Simon and first performed by Simon & Garfunkel. When released as a single in 1968, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, for their second chart-topping hit after "The Sound of Silence". An early version of the song appeared in the motion picture The Graduate (1967) and its subsequent soundtrack, while the complete song debuted on their album Bookends (1968). The song earned the duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.


  25. My Little Town

    My Little Town (1975)

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    "My Little Town" is a 1975 song by the American duo Simon & Garfunkel. It was written by Paul Simon, who produced the track along with Art Garfunkel and Phil Ramone. Although the song would not appear on any of the duo's albums until later, it was included on both the solo releases for Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years) and Garfunkel (Breakaway) in 1975.


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