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Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Dec 01, 2017 10:10
 

 thewiseking wrote:
Quick, name a rock and roll anthem which also references the New Jersey Turnpike
 
There's probably at least one Springsteen tune which does; maybe one of his lesser-known numbers.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Nov 01, 2017 6:37
 

Quick, name a rock and roll anthem which also references the New Jersey Turnpike
Mandurang
(Bendigo Australia)
Posted: Sep 01, 2017 4:20
 

Agree with Medoras, possibly their greatest album and this song a favourite.
boxofrain
Posted: Jun 01, 2017 8:15
 

Nice lyrics especially for that time period.  Few of us had the opportunity to Look for America so Simon/Garfunkel did it for us.
medoras
(Anastasia Island)
Posted: Nov 29, 2016 13:04
 

One of many brilliant songs from Bookends, which is quite possibly Simon & Garfunkel's best and most underrated album.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 29, 2016 13:02
 

Also looking for America, at about the same time:
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02084/easyrider_2084785c.jpg
(It didn't end so well.)
Skydog
Posted: Oct 29, 2016 17:49
 

where was he at after the four day hitch hike from Saginaw?
idiot_wind
Posted: Oct 29, 2016 17:49
 

On the road...get on the road. With clear eyes and open mind and heart. 

We should all be so lucky.
themusicroob
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 10:51
 

Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one my raincoat.
We smoked the last one an hour ago!
So we bought some more cigarettes.
Then we smoked all those cigarettes,
And walked off to look for some cigarettes... 
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jul 27, 2016 10:34
 

Everybody in my elevator loves this classic song...  we be dancing like happy hippies...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
buddy
Posted: Jun 25, 2016 14:25
 

 below72 wrote:
a song which could be in top ten to define a generation 

 
Agreed, and no doubt one of Paul's best compositions. 

Kind of makes me think....some generations were the 'greatest' and sacrificed to give their descendants a better life...and another generation felt lost & alone and went out to find themselves...and another expects everything to be handed to them for free.

....maybe not quite right but it seems that way sometimes... 
below72
Posted: May 24, 2016 14:23
 

a song which could be in top ten to define a generation 
willthompson2012
(Merrillville, Indiana)
Posted: May 24, 2016 14:23
 

 mrtuba9 wrote:
'"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping...'  {#Yes}

 
This line and image was my inspiration to later write a song about a woman I sat next to on a bus.  Such inspirational music!
big_gare
(Langley, Bee Cee, Canada)
Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:51
 

An effing masterpiece.  "And the moon rose over an open field..."  I saw it in my mind the first time I heard it.  That is the sign of a truly great song.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Mar 08, 2016 16:23
 

Feel the berning classic. Sweet. Don't write 'em like that anymore. 
Typesbad
(El Segundo - Hey, whose wallet is this?)
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 16:30
 

My brother left this album at home after he went off to Vietnam and it sort of became my first album.  I can't even objectively rate this song so great was its and every other song on the album's influence on everything I heard after.  I'd like to think much of my musical taste can be traced back to this album, though I'm not sure how that accounts for all the shitty music I bought in the 70s.  
garrettb
(Vancouver, Canada / Dublin, Ireland)
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 16:21
 

10 out of 10 :)
 
Vicey
(Orlando, FL)
Posted: Oct 16, 2015 9:57
 

I love the Yes version, too, but I think the opposite case works better: the Yes version makes sense only as an arrangement of S&G's original. Like a jazz master bending a song to the edge of becoming unrecognizable, I think Yes was making a compliment to the original song by doing something other than a slavish cover. Both versions are beautiful, at least to me, but they're very different kinds of beauty. 

 
wpost wrote:
I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.

 


nutrod42
Posted: Aug 15, 2015 17:31
 

Good as it gets.
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Aug 14, 2015 15:32
 

 wpost wrote:
I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.

 
<— big Yes fan. But "America" by them is a giant pile of noise compared to this delicate exploration of existentialism.
 
wgsu_1978
Posted: Jul 14, 2015 7:46
 

 wpost wrote:
I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.

 
Few people here can exceed my love for Yes (or my indifference to solo Paul Simon) but the original blows the noisy Yes version completely out of the water. They're riding a bus, not a semi truck.

"Every Little Thing", however, is a pretty good Yes cover of the Beatles tune. 
Rick_V
(New Orleans)
Posted: Apr 10, 2015 19:58
 

Songs simply don't get much better than this.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Apr 10, 2015 16:43
 

 The_Walrus wrote:
Staggeringly beautiful.
 
{#Yes}
mrtuba9
(most likely near Normal)
Posted: Feb 06, 2015 12:43
 

'"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping...'  {#Yes}
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Feb 06, 2015 12:42
 

 wpost wrote:
I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.

 
Yes?  No, thank you.
jules44
(Sunny North Carolina)
Posted: Feb 06, 2015 12:41
 

Anyone see First Aid Kit do this song?....phenomenal!!
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Nov 04, 2014 15:22
 

I loved that Bowie opened the Concert for Heroes after 911 with this with just a click track.
RichW
Posted: Oct 04, 2014 10:38
 

 I'm so glad to see people think this about the Yes version. Not just a cover but a tribute to S&G.
jmsmy wrote:
A GREAT Song.

One of the greatest cover songs in all of rock is Yes' version - check it out.

 


hencini
Posted: Oct 04, 2014 10:34
 

So hard to listen to. In a good way. 
wpost
(Honduras)
Posted: Oct 04, 2014 10:34
 

I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.
Typesbad
(Not quite Orange County CA)
Posted: Jul 02, 2014 17:21
 

 LowPhreak wrote:

+1. I also like Yes' version.

 
There is a Yes version of this?!!!  My imagination presently fails me
jnhashmi
(Los Angeles)
Posted: Jul 02, 2014 17:20
 

Brilliant. 10 all the way. Nice to see this song has received more 10 ratings than any other rating.
jmsmy
(Music Town, Klein, Texas)
Posted: Jul 02, 2014 17:20
 

A GREAT Song.

One of the greatest cover songs in all of rock is Yes' version - check it out.
The_Walrus
(England)
Posted: May 01, 2014 1:36
 

Staggeringly beautiful.
Peter_Bradshaw
(UK)
Posted: Mar 30, 2014 13:29
 

{#Cheers} ... come on, this is as Godlike as you can get

 {#Notworthy} 

 {#Notworthy} 
Pedro1874
(Newton-le-Willows, England)
Posted: Dec 25, 2013 5:03
 

Unique songwriting and harmonising - wonderful and still sounds so fresh and innocent.  {#Notworthy}
stephw
(From The Great White North)
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:47
 

Easily one of my favorite S&G songs
eswiley2
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:18
 

"I wept for my youth, sweet passionate young thought,
And cozy women dead that by my side   
Once lay: I wept with bitter longing, not   
Remembering how in my youth I cried."

Stanley Kunitz -- I Dreamed that I Was Old

marty88210
(Artesia, New Mexico)
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:17
 

Exit 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike


steeler
(Perched on the precipice of the cauldron of truth)
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:16
 

Brilliant wordsmithing and storytelling.


LowPhreak
(United Corporate States of Neo-Feudal Amurika, Inc.)
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:16
 

 MassivRuss wrote:
Their best.

Discuss.

 
+1. I also like Yes' version.
MassivRuss
(The Commonwealth of Massachusetts - God Save It!)
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:15
 

Their best.

Discuss.
bb_matt
(Hampshire, England)
Posted: Jun 19, 2013 5:24
 

Such an awesome song. Nothing Paul Simon has done since can match it - inspired.
Grammarcop
(A mitten surrounded by water)
Posted: May 18, 2013 9:59
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Does it say something about us as a culture that a song about lost youth has become a touchstone of sorts? I mean, you don't have Leonard Cohen crooning, "We're off in search of Canada..."

 
Leonard Cohen may not have done the "off in search of Canada" thing, but lots of other Canadian performers have, including Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Sam Roberts, Stompin' Tom Connors and Ian Tyson. (Mostly without the wistfulness of S&G's song, of course. "Helpless" being a major exception.) I'm sure those songs have not been heard in the States because FM radio programers don't want to play songs about the prairie and how damn cold it is. 

For what it's worth, I do not know whether Stompin' Tom ever mentioned Lightfoot or Young by name, but he was disdainful of those Canadian performers who went south of the border to seek larger fame and dollars. He felt they should have been truer to their Canadian heritage. To my knowledge, Stompin' Tom performed on American television only once. 

Take care.  
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: May 18, 2013 9:26
 


Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
medoras
(Anastasia Island)
Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:08
 

"Gabardine suits and bow ties" notwithstanding, America is one of Paul Simon's finest songs and places him among the very best of American music poets.

Featured on Bookends, which is my favorite and possibly Simon & Garfunkel's most underrated effort, I find myself revisiting this album every few years to appreciate just how good it really is.  

BazH
(www)
Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:02
 

 eswiley2 wrote:
Average rating 9.. . I think that's the highest average rating I've seen on RP.

A timeless classic.  Written by a kid.  A kid who also gave us Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Is Justin Bieber going to hold up after 40 years like this?   I'm thinking no.
 
I think Jimi had a 9.2 yesterday, Little Wing.
eswiley2
Posted: Feb 13, 2013 5:57
 

Average rating 9.. . I think that's the highest average rating I've seen on RP.

A timeless classic.  Written by a kid.  A kid who also gave us Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Is Justin Bieber going to hold up after 40 years like this?   I'm thinking no.
jim1964
(1379 miles to Wall Drug)
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 22:05
 

 Art_Carnage wrote:
It was groovy, back in the day. But it comes off as way too twee and precious now. Definitely lesser S&G.
 
I think tthis song holds up really well even taking into account that it was written in a very different era, I think the story works today...young people trying to find out who they are and trying to find America while they're at it.
philbertr
(Roch New York)
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 21:49
 

 Art_Carnage wrote:
It was groovy, back in the day. But it comes off as way too twee and precious now. Definitely lesser S&G.
 
I disagree.  But that doesn't mean that I think you are a bad person or anything.