Song of the Week: “The Only Living Boy in New York”

Today is Paul Simon’s 70th birthday, so I thought today would be a perfect time to write about one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs – “The Only Living Boy in New York”.  If I’m being totally honest, the first time I ever heard this song was from Garden State.

Simon & Garfunkel known for their harmonies, but this one has always stood out to me with its harmonies throughout the song and eventually close the song.  Apparently both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded these parts in an echo chamber and multi tracked it 8 times to give it the chilling effect. I’ve always thought that these vocals were reminiscent of the Beatles’ “Because”, and I’ve often wondered whether Simon was influence by that track.

The song has always been one I”ll listen to whenever I’m lonely or feeling down. Even though the mood is somber, it’s still uplifting.  Feeling lost occasionally is a universal feeling and Simon sums it up accordingly:

Half of the time we’re gone but we don’t know where,
And we don’t know where.
Here I am……….

 

 

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One thought on “Song of the Week: “The Only Living Boy in New York”

  1. ShenaniTims

    Wow, Paul Simon is 70 years old!?! That’s crazy! I love this song, and pretty much everything else on “Bridge…” except for “Frank Lloyd Wright” (grrr…). Loved it so much I once stole its title for a Hurricane Charlie article I wrote for “Morbid Curiosity.” Sadly the editor didn’t use it (the title, not the article (now known as “Charlie Don’t Surf). [Arg!]

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