Paul Simon’s reaction to hearing a cover of one of his & Garfunkel’s famous songs {First Aid Kit}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 16, 2012
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Wait for it.

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag”
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And walked off to look for America

“Kathy,” I said, as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
“Michigan seems like a dream to me now
It took me four days to hitch-hike from Saginaw
I’ve come to look for America”

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said, “Be careful, his bow tie is really a camera”

“Toss me a cigarette, I think there’s one in my raincoat”
“We smoked the last one an hour ago”
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

“Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, thought I knew she was sleeping.
“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why”
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America

We performed our favorite Simon & Garfunkel song, “America”, for Paul Simon at the Polar Music Prize Award Ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Concert Hall in Stockholm on August 28th 2012. This is the full, uninterrupted, performance. Thank you OTW for letting us use this material.

The original:

Real music lives on.

It must be like getting a preview of one’s legacy, of one’s life, from the hereafter. A touching, powerful testament to a great American artist.

More First Aid Kit (lovevvveveve them). More. More. More.

Another great S&G cover—Elvis’ voice, so relaxed yet powerful…a legend.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Paul Simon’s reaction to hearing a cover of one of his & Garfunkel’s famous songs {First Aid Kit}”

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  2. alinamo says:

    First Aid Kit is, literally, the best find in music this year. Love them!