Best Line in "Graceland"

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there's a girl in new york city who calls herself the human trampoline 8
and everybody sees you're blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow 7
the mississippi delta was shining like a national guitar 6
my travelling companion is nine years old, the child of my first marriage 5
as if i didn't know that, as if i didn't know my own bed 5
as if i'd never noticed the way she brushed her hair from her forehead 5
i may be obliged to defend every love every ending, or maybe there's no obligations now 4
i'm going to graceland 3
maybe i've reason to believe we all will be received in graceland 3
my travelling companions are ghosts and empty sockets, looking at ghosts and empties 3
she said losing love is like a window in your heart 2
i am following the river down the highway through the cradle of the civil war 2
for reasons i cannot explain some part of me wants to see graceland 2
i've reason to believe we all will be received in graceland 2
sometimes when i'm falling, flying, tumbling in turmoil. i say oh so this is what she means 2
i've reason to believe we both will be received in graceland 1
and everybody sees you're blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow 1
i'm going to graceland, graceland, memphis tennesee, i'm going to graceland 0
woah-oh-oh, into graceland, into graceland 0
i see losing love is like a window in your heart 0
she means we're bouncing into graceland 0
poor boys, pilgrims with families and we are going to graceland 0
she comes back to tell me she's gone 0
i'm going to graceland, graceland, memphis tennesee, i'm going to graceland 0
poor boys, pilgrims with families and we are going to graceland 0


Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

NYC human trampoline, because it sounds like it's come in out of a Lou Reed song.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Although "shining like a National guitar" is second choice, because a) it's an awesome image, and b) it's followed by a guitar line, which might sound like a cheesy obvious thing to do, but PS makes it work.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

as if i didn't know that, as if i didn't know my own bed

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

i was listening to this minutes ago. minutes! think i'm voting "sometimes when i'm falling, flying, tumbling in turmoil, i say oh so this is what she means" i love the way he delivers "oh" it's more like "whoa" and he speakss it instead of singing it. would like to include "she means we're bouncing into graceland," too. first time the "losing love is like a window in your heart" refrain comes around is beautiful as well.

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

too hard

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

so so hard.

just sayin, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have been listening to so much paul simon in the past year i think it's because i'm old now

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

also that's a great point by hs--simon is such an amazing vocalist

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

i may be obliged to defend every love every ending, or maybe there's no obligations now

tylerw, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Do Call Me Al! I want to vote for the roly poly little bat-faced girl.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

(this really is his best song, isn't it? wow.)

tylerw, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

i may be obliged to defend every love every ending, or maybe there's no obligations now

― tylerw, Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:19 PM (43 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

good one

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

how can you possibly pick a best song there's like eight million of them and so many great ones

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have been listening to so much paul simon in the past year i think it's because i'm old now

― horseshoe, Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:18 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

no its just cause you have good taste

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

For this probably ghosts and empties or tumbling in turmoil

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Sweet 16 brackets of Paul Simon songs might end in Bridge Over Troubled Water versus this one.

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Besides the beautiful, buoyant, rippling arrangement, the lyrics are outstanding, yet even if you were feeling sinister and accusing him of writing what looks on paper like a florid phrase ("my travelling companion is nine years old, the child of my first marriage") his singing is so masterful: he mediates between serenity and a kind of wistfulness.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

has anyone ever covered this song? seems like it would be hard to sing, tho simon makes it sound easy.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

as if i didn't know that, as if i didn't know my own bed

vs

my travelling companions are ghosts and empty sockets, looking at ghosts and empties

vs

i may be obliged to defend every love every ending, or maybe there's no obligations now

i also love the effortlessness of this line:

i am following the river down the highway through the cradle of the civil war

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

ugh, poetry

goole, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

has anyone ever covered this song? seems like it would be hard to sing, tho simon makes it sound easy.

Willie Nelson, who handled the conversational cadences well but the arrangement is meh.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

casiotone for the painfully alone did a cover iirc

just sayin, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah the following the river line is amazing and he has a way with simple declarations like that--see verse 1 of hearts and bones as well

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

as if i didn't know that, as if i didn't know my own bed

is what I picked too. Can't talk about this record enough imo

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Grace Jones needs to make this the title cut of her comeback, Graceland.

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

love this song so much

voted for the first line

iatee, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

you know what is a great line from this album is "Sad as a lonely little wrinkled balloon" from "Crazy Love." also all the other lines in that song

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

She said, "Don't I know you from the cinematographer's party?"

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^
I was going to mention that one.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

love the youtube comments for this - I like Ladysmith Black Mambazo. But whenever I see them I think it takes ten men to take the place on one Art Garfunkel. Art is God.

just sayin, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

you are the burden of my generation / i sure do love you, let's get that straight

^^another great half-spoken delivery

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's like it's written from the POV of his Annie Hall character, doing just fine in the mid eighties, attending a party at Sydney Pollack's.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

"I Know What I Know," that is.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

"lasers in the jungle somewhere" pops into my head all the time

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

a loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires and baaaby

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

sorry i'll stop this is what the inside of my head is like

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

that whole verse:

And I believe these are the days of lasers in the jungle,
Lasers in the jungle somewhere,
Staccato signals of constant information,
A loose affiliation of millionaires
And billionaires and baby,
These are the days of miracle and wonder,

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

xp!!

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

xxxxp ^^^ also "the bomb in the baby carriage was wired to the radio"

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

she said losing love is like a window in your heart
and everybody sees you're blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow

Separating these two seems wrong (also I don't remember that "and" being there)

Ground Zero Mostel (Hurting 2), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

<3

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

i know this album so well its scary, like the back of my hand

max, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

there's no "and"

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

And don't cry baby, don't cry, don't cry, don't cry

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

the bomb in the baby carriage line is great because that whole verse is setting this scene and that line is like boom it's over here's the chorus.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

'everybody sees youre blown apart'

NOT FUNNY NEEDS MORE GUCCI (deej), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

staccato signals a pulse of information

(am i remembering right??)

NOT FUNNY NEEDS MORE GUCCI (deej), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

i thought it was constant

horseshoe, Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

love the sounds of the lines & twists & turns in meaning they make vs your expectations of how a lyric 'should' resolve

NOT FUNNY NEEDS MORE GUCCI (deej), Thursday, 19 August 2010 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, xps, 'Gumboots' is the best

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 22 August 2010 07:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

i voted "for reasons i cannot explain some part of me wants to see graceland" -- b/c that's what I feel about graceland (and any number of other tourist traps).

Voting with My Dollars for More Swill to be Made (Eisbaer), Sunday, 22 August 2010 14:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Some One Trick Pony discussion here:

Paul Simon - One Trick Pony, C or D

and maybe here:

http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=31830

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 22 August 2010 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

(that's "Do you believe Paul Simon when, in "Late in the Evening", he describes how he returns to the club after smoking a "J" and proceeds to turn up his amp and "(blow) that room away"?")

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 22 August 2010 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

classic alex in nyc on that thread:

I believe the bit about smokin' the "j", but not about the room-blowin' (like he suddenly morphed into a diminutive clone of Yngwie Malmsteen).
― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, July 22, 2004 8:59 PM (6 years ago) Bookmark

Voting with My Dollars for More Swill to be Made (Eisbaer), Sunday, 22 August 2010 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

is there anyone right now writing lyrics this good and self-aware about the nyc hip-art-music-whatever scene? vampire weekend is the only band thats even attempting this i think and--i think theyre good lyricists--but theyre not paul simon

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbf they've had two albums, what album was graceland for him.

plax (ico), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

all his albums have v good lyrics post-simon and garfunkel it's kind of his "thing"

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

the 70s solo simon albums are so new york-y

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

like woody allen movies they have had a debilitating effect on my adult life

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

im not saying vampire weekend "should" be the new paul simon of lyrics, im just wondering if there is a 2000s paul simon

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

like if there was ever a 'scene' that could use a self aware lyricist with a good sense of humor about 'the scene'... its brooklyn ca 2010

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

and the thing is vw are UWS brats not brooklyn brats

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think it's clear what you have to do, max

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

zinging is my art

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

not lyrics

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's a fine line!!!!!

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

too true, too true

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

in a lot of ways my tumblr is my graceland

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

i mean you dont really need a graceland when you have the ny times in 2010:

http://celebraterickysargulesh.tumblr.com/post/418545344/brooklyn-2010

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i still think he did take a while to "mature" as a songwriter. the s+gf stuff is only intermittently good lyrically

plax (ico), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Come Anticipate Norah Jones's NYC Zingers.

I do think Craig Finn works at combining stuff that's never been in a song with specific snapshots of times and spaces with stream-of-consciousness, but it's not NYC.

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

the s+gf stuff is only intermittently good lyrically

― plax (ico), Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:25 PM (43 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

it's true; i don't really like simon and garfunkel that much at all

horseshoe, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah finns a good lyricist, but hes not as funny as simon i dont think, or as self aware, and, crucially, from britain or alaska or somewhere

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i still think he did take a while to "mature" as a songwriter. the s+gf stuff is only intermittently good lyrically

^^^ my next point, actually. To be fair to both Koenig and Simon, the latter didn't stumble into his lyrical genius. S&G is often painfully, clumsily erudite.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Neil Tennant and Robert Forster wrote really good songs about scenes, but their time has passed, I guess.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, thats fine. i didnt really mean to rag on VW, im just wondering if there IS a 2000s-paul-simon-of-new-york, besides me and my tumblr

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

btw i have never seen this:

In 1988, Simon released a video for the song to promote his greatest hits compilation, Negotiations and Love Songs. The video features an introduction by rappers Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. The video depicts adults interacting with the youth of an inner city schoolyard where they dealt drugs. It shows Simon playing basketball and baseball with the children, and it also features basketball player Spud Webb, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and football coach/commentator John Madden giving tips to young athletes.[1]

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

(thats re: me and julio)

max, Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

S+G was writing genre songs in the same way that Simon always does, but he was getting Elizabethan and Hymnal Music out of the way early, saving zydeco and (on the great "Adios Hermanos") doo-wop for later.

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's a making the album documentary where simon talks u through writing graceland line by line and it seems like anyone could have written that song, its kindof awesome.

plax (ico), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

idk i think his skill is in managing to be really evocative w/ the smallest parts "the child of my first marriage" is such a banal line but it also paints a massive backstory and dovetails so well w/ the forehead hair brusher l8r

plax (ico), Sunday, 22 August 2010 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

the last line in this song always kills me. i'm not sure why.

we wanted lime (mike a), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 04:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

poor boys, pilgrims with families and we are going to graceland 0

^^ i dont know that this line got "robbed" buts another one where he has perfect delivery

max, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

maybe he should have worked new york city into the line somehow.

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

she comes back to tell me she's gone 0

The declarative sentence loses.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'd just like to point out that there is a tie for first place here

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Reading these lyrics out, they read like Dan Bejar lyrics.

altered boners (rennavate), Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

The declarative sentence loses.

Which is unfortunate, because I love that line.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

This thread has sparked a total renewed interest in this album, appreciating the lyrics like never before. Thinking I might go through some of them with my advanced TELF students next week.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Friday, 27 August 2010 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

I remember my mom asking me to explain the lyrics to the Myth of Fingerprints to her when I was 13

I drink your milksteak (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 27 August 2010 23:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Something I wrote about this song last year.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Saturday, 28 August 2010 16:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

max, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 17:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg

horseshoe, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw i have never seen this:

In 1988, Simon released a video for the song to promote his greatest hits compilation, Negotiations and Love Songs. The video features an introduction by rappers Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. The video depicts adults interacting with the youth of an inner city schoolyard where they dealt drugs. It shows Simon playing basketball and baseball with the children, and it also features basketball player Spud Webb, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and football coach/commentator John Madden giving tips to young athletes.[1]

― max, Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:29 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(thats re: me and julio)

― max, Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:29 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

horseshoe, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

like i said before this was sort of the first "adult" album i started to kind of understand, it made me almost feel older, like some weird vicarious sense of 'mono no aware' when i was 11. and an epic song.

omar little, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me and Julio video is hilarious.

Graceland doc looks a little too polite, but in any case this is my all-time favorite album so I'll watch.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow cool!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:47 (2 years ago) Permalink


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