PAUL SIMON POLL RESULTS THREAD AND DISCUSSION

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Obvious Child was my number 1

kornrulez6969, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

'the obvious child' is another one of those paul simon songs that - over and above what a total fucking jam it is - just seems to capture the sort of generous humanist spirit that simon at his best. like theres a quality of clear-eyed empathy in both songs that allow them to be both sorta joyous and melancholy and gently self-mocking thats really appealing to me and also seems to genuinely express how id like to see the world, hopefully but resigned to setbacks. idk the way he elongates 'died' in 'obvious child' just fucking slays me

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

My top 3 were Cecilia, Diamonds, and Al - so I'm pretty satisfied with this poll so far!

"Cecilia" is just ridiculously joyous (despite the heartbreak theme) - JUBILAAAAAAAAAATION! This is incredibly fun to sing in huge groups, for a while here it was an end-of-the-night karaoke standard, whoever was still at the bar at 2:20 or whatever piling on stage and feeling the love etc.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

"The Boy In The Bubble" was my #1. Had known it before, but rediscovered it a few years ago over the speakers at used book store. I was in the early stages of a still-happening life change, and man-oh-man that chorus says it all.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Obvious Child was my #2 - it just kept rising and rising, and might've been #1 had I not had a euphoric reaction to something else first.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I listened to "Obvious Child" several times thanks to Alfred's urging, but it still hasn't grabbed me.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for Diamonds, there are other songs on Graceland that I like more - didn't know it was so highly regarded tbh

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

That percussion, WmC - keep listening!

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

at the end of this poll I hope there's an explanation of all Lamp's pic choices cuz a bunch are going right over my head

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

That squawking according (I'm guessing it's an accordion) is such a perfect way to open Graceland.

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

uh accordion I should only type at home on a typewriter

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought "Cecilia" would be what u folx dismiss as a novelty song

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol, "u folx"

Morbs, you are an ilxor, you are ONE OF US. Embrace it or throw yourself off a bridge as you see fit. (I'd prefer the former.)

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Embrace us as we fall into thr troubled water.

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's mighty kind of you

xp

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

We will all fall into Graceland...

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Cecilia' is probably a novelty song, but it's joyful, funny and crackles with life. Which most novelty songs aren't.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol, i TOLD yuz "cecilia" was top 10

it's not just some tossed-off pop tune, either, it's 2:55 of compressed human joy, delivered straight

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is "people who seem to have figured out how to live" in musical form

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink


#05 AMERICA
1968 (album)/1971 (promo b-side)/1972 (single)
459 points/21 votes/2 #1 votes

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

so Only Living Boy is gonna be number 1 then

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea why I left "America" off my ballot. Helluva tune.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

sounds like a museum iirc

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

That was it!

Actually, I bumped it off so I could vote for childhood favorite "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine"

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

kinda figured that was gonna win, seems like the song you'd put in the paul simon time capsule

iatee, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like Bowie's version of "America."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

"America" is so good, the swell of "counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike" is no museum piece.

Euler, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Okay, America - it didn't grab me on my run through the catalogue so I set it aside. I was surprised to see you all putting it down as a lock.

Listened there again and reassessed a little. It's beautiful, but complicated - I feel like I'd need to spend a lot of time with it to appreciate it properly, like there are links and resonances where I'm not making the connections. What it reminds me most of is Surf's Up, which is a good start I'd say.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^ empty & aching

Euler, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Be careful/His bow-tie is really a camera!"

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink


#04 DUNCAN
1972
470 points/18 votes/2 #1 votes

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

his hand gestures/pantomiming in that video totally cracks me up

xp

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Duncan was my no.1

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow! didnt expect duncan this high, but happy abt it

just sayin, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

if i had voted, America and American Tune might've been my 1-2.

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hearing the demo, how it's virtually a different song, is so strange.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Duncan also real good, didn't expect to see it at this point

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

... communists and fags, mm-hm desecrate the flag, just across the Canadian border ...

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

america's great, glad to see it place so high. love it without question from "let us be lovers...", the way an almost angry passion blooms out at "it took me four days to hitchhike from saginaw, i've...", then recedes almost immediately. love so many things, the precision of observation and invention, wide-eyed naivete struggling for world-weary wisdom, "the man in the gabardine suit was a spy", "though i knew she was sleeping", the sense of being lost in youth, an almost impossible vastness of possibility

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:45 (2 years ago) Permalink


#03 ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD
1972
491 points/19 votes/1 #1 vote

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Woah, I thought Julio was the certain winner.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Duncan was my no.1

― Ismael Klata

Mine too. Love it to pieces.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

all the top ten solo simon thus far was also in my top ten, obvious child was num1, graceland and mrs robinson yet to come no

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

This makes a really surprising top two imo

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mrs. Robinson already placed I thought

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

It did

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

my bad

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink


#02 THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
1970
507 points/19 votes/4 #1 votes

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Beautiful song. What's it about?

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink


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