Simon & Garfunkel

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Simon and Garfunkel are an American popular music duo comprising Paul Simon and Arthur "Art" Garfunkel. They are well known for their close harmonies and sometimes unstable relationship. Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and are best known for their songs "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water". They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). They have reunited on several occasions since their 1970 break-up, most famously for 1981's The Concert in Central Park, which attracted 500,000 people.

All lyrics by Paul Simon, except as noted.


  • "Fools", said I, "you do not know"
    Silence like a cancer grows
  • And you read your Emily Dickinson,
    And I, my Robert Frost,
    And we note our place with bookmarkers
    That measure what we've lost.
    • "The Dangling Conversation", Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)
  • Laugh about it, shout about it,
    When you've got to choose,
    Every way you look at it, you lose.
  • And in the naked light I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more.
    People talking without speaking,
    People hearing without listening.
  • And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon God they made.
    And the sign flashed out its warning,
    In the words that it was forming.
    And the signs said, the words of the prophets
    Are written on the subway walls
    And tenement halls.
    And whisperd in the sounds of silence.
    • "The Sound of Silence", Sounds of Silence (1966)
  • I have squandered my resistance
    For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises
    All lies and jest
    Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
  • When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy
    In the company of strangers
    In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared
    Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go
    Looking for the places only they would know.
    • "The Boxer", Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  • And after it rains
    There's a rainbow
    And all of the colors are black
    Its not that the colors aren't there
    It's just imagination they lack.

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