The Late Movies: Paul Simon

Chris Higgins

With Kodachrome going away, I've had Paul Simon on the brain for a few days. I was a big Simon & Garfunkel fan in high school, and my trusty Paul Simon Songbook helped me learn to play guitar. Here are some great live performances to make your evening sing. (Fun fact: my first concert, in seventh grade, was Garfunkel. Solo.)

"You Can Call Me Al," 1987

"Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard."

"Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," 1992

"What the mama saw, it was against the law." See another version live on Sesame Street.

"Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," 1975

"I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free."

WARNING: inappropriate mustache alert! (Perhaps the fifty-first reason to leave your lover is his creepy 'stache.)

"Slip Slidin' Away," 2007

"The nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away."

"The Obvious Child," 1991

"And in remembering a road sign
I am remembering a girl when I was young
And we said,
These songs are true
These days are ours
These tears are free
And hey, now
The cross is in the ballpark
The cross is in the ballpark"

"Kodachrome," 1991

"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all."