Songs written by Paul Simon

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  1. Father and Daughter
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    Father and Daughter (2006)

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    "Father and Daughter" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. The song, written for the animated family film The Wild Thornberrys Movie, was released as a single in 2002. The song is a ballad in which Simon expresses his love for his daughter, Lulu.


  2. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
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    50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

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    "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the second single from his fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), released on Columbia Records. Backing vocals on the single were performed by Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, and Phoebe Snow. The song features a recognizable repeated drum riff performed by drummer Steve Gadd.


  3. Kodachrome
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    Kodachrome (1973)

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    "Kodachrome" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his third studio album, There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), released on Columbia Records.


  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
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    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

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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 using L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.


  5. You Can Call Me Al
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    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
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    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
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    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (1987)

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    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes is a 1986 single by Paul Simon from the album Graceland. It reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 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."


  8. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
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    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
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    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
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    Mother and Child Reunion (1972)

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    "Mother and Child Reunion" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his second self-titled studio album (1972), released on Columbia Records. It was released as a single on February 5, 1972, reaching No. 1 in South Africa and No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. 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
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    Something So Right (1973)

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    "Something So Right" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It is the fourth song on his second studio album, There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973). Although it was not a single, it was released as a B-side of numerous singles, including "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" and "Slip Slidin' Away".


  12. The Sound of Silence
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    The Sound of Silence (1965)

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    "The Sound of Silence" is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. 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 for inclusion on their debut studio album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..


  13. Slip Slidin' Away
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    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
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    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. Under African Skies
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    Under African Skies (1987)

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    "Under African Skies" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the fifth and final single from his seventh studio album, Graceland (1986), released on Warner Bros. Records. The song features guest vocals from singer Linda Ronstadt, who received top billing on the single release.


  16. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
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    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.


  17. Homeward Bound
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    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), although it was recorded during the sessions for their second album Sounds of Silence and included on that album in the UK. 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.


  18. Cecilia
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    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".


  19. Duncan
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    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".


  20. Mrs. Robinson
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    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, it 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.


  21. The Boxer
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    The Boxer (1969)

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    "The Boxer" is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970). Produced by the duo themselves and Roy Halee, it was released as the lead single from the album on March 21, 1969. The song, written by Paul Simon, is a folk rock ballad that variously takes the form of a first-person lament as well as a third-person sketch of a boxer. Simon's lyrics are largely autobiographical, partially inspired by the Bible, and were written during a time when he felt he was being unfairly criticized. The song's lyrics discuss poverty and loneliness. It is particularly known for its plaintive refrain, in which the singer sings 'lie-la-lie', accompanied by a heavily reverb-ed drum.


  22. Still Crazy After All These Years
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    Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)

    127 views

    "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.


  23. I Am a Rock
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    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.


  24. The Boy in the Bubble
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    The Boy in the Bubble (1987)

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    "The Boy in the Bubble" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the third single from his seventh studio album, Graceland (1986), released on Warner Bros. Records. Written by Simon, its lyrics explore starvation and terrorism, juxtaposed with wit and optimism.


  25. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
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    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.


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