Songs written by Paul Simon

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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971)

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    "Bridge over Troubled Water" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970). Produced by the duo themselves and Roy Halee, the song was released as the album's lead single on January 26, 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on piano and carries the influence of gospel music. The original studio recording employs elements of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" technique.


  5. You Can Call Me Al

    You Can Call Me Al (1986)

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    "You Can Call Me Al" is a song by Paul Simon, the first single released from his album Graceland. The song originally charted in the U.S. at No. 44 in October 1986 but it was reissued with greater promotion in March 1987 and hit No. 23. In the UK it peaked at No. 4, while in Sweden and the Netherlands reached No. 2.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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. Billboard ranked it as the No. 57 song for 1972. It was one of the earliest songs by a white musician to feature prominent elements of reggae.


  11. Something So Right

    Something So Right (1995)

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    "Something So Right" is a song by Paul Simon. It was originally featured on his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon.


  12. The Sound of Silence

    The Sound of Silence (1965)

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    "The Sound of Silence" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their debut studio album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM (1964). The song was written by Paul Simon over the period of several months between 1963–1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City.


  13. Slip Slidin' Away

    Slip Slidin' Away (1977)

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    "Slip Slidin' Away" is a 1977 song written and recorded by Paul Simon, from his compilation album Greatest Hits, Etc.. It was one of two new songs to appear on the album, the other being "Stranded in a Limousine". Backing vocals on the song are provided by The Oak Ridge Boys. The song was originally recorded and considered for Simon's 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, but Simon decided not to include the song on the finished album. A demo version appears on the 2004 re-issue of the album.


  14. 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. It was inspired by a 1964 road trip with his girlfriend Kathy Chitty.


  15. 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 by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966). The song is sung solely by Art Garfunkel, and consists mainly of his vocals with heavy reverb and a 12-string acoustic guitar. The song's lyrics concern finding a lover, although Simon once characterized the song's subject matter as a "belief," rather than a specific individual.


  16. 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.


  17. 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".


  18. 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".


  19. Mrs. Robinson

    Mrs. Robinson (1968)

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    "Mrs. Robinson" 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 is famous for its inclusion in the 1967 film The Graduate. The song was written by Paul Simon, who pitched it to director Mike Nichols alongside Art Garfunkel after Nichols rejected two other songs intended for the film. The song contains a famous reference to baseball star Joe DiMaggio.


  20. The Boxer

    The Boxer (1970)

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    "The Boxer" is a folk rock ballad written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel. It was released as the follow-up single to their number one hit "Mrs. Robinson", and reached #7 in the US charts. It later appeared on their last studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, along with its B-side "Baby Driver". It is particularly known for its plaintive refrain, in which the singer sings the tune as 'lie-la-lie', accompanied by a heavily-reverbed drum, and the memorable guitar finger-picking by Simon and guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.. Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


  21. Still Crazy After All These Years

    Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)

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    "Still Crazy After All These Years" is a song written by Paul Simon that was the opening song and title track of his 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years. It was also released as a single and barely reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, but it reached #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.


  22. 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.


  23. 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.


  24. 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.


  25. The Dangling Conversation

    The Dangling Conversation (1966)

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    "The Dangling Conversation" is a song written by Paul Simon, first released in September 1966 as a Simon and Garfunkel single "The Dangling Conversation"/"The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine". The song only climbed to 25 on the US charts and never made it onto the UK charts. Simon was surprised that it was not a bigger hit and attributed the song's lack of success to its heaviness. It was released a month later as a recording on the Simon and Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.


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