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A landmark compilation of popular music, this collection contains Paul Simon's lyrics from his first album in 1964 to the present, now with 2011’s So Beautiful Or So What?...

Title : Lyrics 1964-2008
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ISBN : 9781416586920
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 408 Pages
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Lyrics 1964-2008 Reviews

  • Susane Colasanti
    2019-04-16 02:21

    1988: Wrote Paul Simon lyrics all over my Keds way before doing that kind of thing was accepted as cool (I was nerd chic like that). Had this thing where I'd trace my hand with a metallic outliner on my binder cover and write Paul Simon lyrics inside. Obsessed with visions of streetlights and city sounds and sunsets sifting through trees and every other picture Paul Simon painted in his songs. Felt the magic of New York City in his songs and knew it would feel like home to live there (here). Wished for a book of Paul Simon lyrics so I could cherish them all together.2008: My wish came true.

  • Iwan
    2019-04-01 21:27

    Ik kocht dit boek ooit bij Fame in de Kalverstraat voor € 15 of zo. Als liefhebber van de muziek én de teksten van Paul Simon heb ik geen spijt van deze uitgave. Dit koffietafelboek is bovendien subtiel geïllustreerd met foto's en afbeeldingen van aantekeningen uit het songtekstschriftje.

  • Sherrie
    2019-04-09 21:23

    Nearly all of Paul Simon's lyrics are gathered in this beautiful book, the few omissions I noted were his early 60's bubblegum songs such as "Hey Schoolgirl", "Dancing Wild" and "The Lone Teen Ranger". Among his folk period songs, the only song that I noticed missing was "Carlos Dominguez". The most interesting features are scans of some of the original handwritten lyrics, showing the evolution of some of Simon's best known songs. It is a joy to read the lyrics free of their musical accompaniment, though on several occasions I was shocked to find that I've been mishearing phrases for over 30 years! Reading this book today has returned a handful of songs to my memory that I hadn't thought about in years, I'll be listening to a lot of Paul Simon music in the near future.

  • Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch
    2019-04-17 22:19

    Without Mr. Simon’s musical virtuosity these lyrics are rather flat on the page. This volume includes 85 pages from the libretto of Simon’s 1990s musical play ‘The Capeman,’ written with the poet and 1992 Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, though Walcott’s involvement is only evident here in the copyright listings of the end material.Tell us all a storyAbout how it used to beMake it up and write it downJust like historyAbout Goldilocks and the three bearsNature in the cross hairsAnd how we all ascendedFrom the deep green seaWhen it’s not too hotNot too coldNot too meekNot too boldWhen it’s just right and you have sunlightThen we’re home,Finally homeHome in the land of the homelessFinally homeOh what are we going to do?I never did a thing to youTime peaceful as a hurricane evePeaceful as a hurricane eyeA history of whispersA shadow of a horseFaces painted black in sorrow and remorseWhite cloud, black crowCrucifix and arrowThe oldest silence speaks the loudestUnder the deep green sea[…]You want to talk, talk, talk about itAll night squawk aboutThe ocean and the atmosphereWell I’ve been away for a long timeAnd it looks like a mess around hereI’ll be away for a long timeSo here’s how the story goesThere was an old womanWho lived in a shoeShe was baking a cinnamon pieShe fell asleep in a washing machineWoke up in a hurricane eyeFrom the song ‘Hurricane Eye’

  • John
    2019-04-04 23:16

    Reading Paul Simon's song lyrics as poetry on the printed page - a fun exercise. Of course, with the refrains that are embedded in every song, there is some repetition in most of the poems. And some poems inevitably lose an intangible "something" - a depth of impact, without the accompaniment of music. (for example, consider "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme". That's not necessarily a criticism - some of the poems were enjoyable and I've never heard the recorded song. In any case, exactly WHICH Paul Simon poems you enjoy the most will likely differ a lot, depending on sound or paper.If you are a fan of Paul Simon, a songwriting enthusiast, or just a fan of urban poetry, you might enjoy this one.

  • Richard Thompson
    2019-03-30 02:12

    I had some reservations about suggesting this book as a read-aloud. I knew I wouldn't be able to sing the lyrics — many of the songs I had no memory of having ever heard — but I knew that I would be tempted to try the ones I was familiar with. I told Maggee: "I am going to work really hard at reading. If you catch me trying to sing, stop me." We both agreed that the lyrics worked just fine as poetry. Maggee commented that she tends not to really hear the lyrics of songs — she gets caught up in the music and misses a lot of the words; hearing the words of familiar pieces read aloud was a revelation to her in a lot of cases. We went to YouTube listened to the musical version of a number of the songs that we were didn't remember.This book was # 15 on our 2016 Read-aloud list.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-23 23:28

    Thanks to Holly C. for recommending this terrific book! I always knew that Paul Simon was poetic and sensitive. Reading his lyrics only confirms that! It is a different experience than hearing the lyrics set to music. But what a tribute to a great talent and thinker. Pick up this book and see how the words touch you. Some of the songs are so memorable from a point in your life! Excellent book!

  • David Ward
    2019-04-02 19:19

    Paul Simon Lyrics 1964 – 2008 by Paul Simon (Simon & Shuster 2008) (782.4216). This compilation consists of all of Paul Simon's lyrics from his first album through his last album prior to the date of publication in 2008. Everybody loves something that Paul Simon has written; he's a genius. My rating: 7/10, finished 2009.

  • Sue
    2019-04-04 00:24

    Mock me if you will, but the man is a poet.

  • Scott
    2019-04-20 23:12

    Paul Simon Lyrics 1964-2008 by Paul Simon (2008)

  • Ashley
    2019-04-08 20:12

    Loved reading this, even though I know most of them by heart already. Another great way to experience Simon's poetry.

  • Dave
    2019-03-29 20:29

    The man can write songs....Thats all I have to say about that...And you can call me AL

  • Renee
    2019-04-19 21:16

    Sing ta na na Ta na na na

  • David Timms
    2019-04-13 21:32

    Paul Simon is sure to be remembered as an important voice of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and on until he's gone. I ove his words. I love his music. And this book allows me to not misquote him.

  • Donald
    2019-04-13 19:31

    I got this book because I wanted a book that I printed. Simple really. And you know? Paul Simon wrote a lot more than I thought he did. This is an interesting book that goes back to his beginnings.