Welcome to my songs of Paul Simon page where you'll find free Paul Simon guitar chords and lyrics in a free pdf download, as well as some free acoustic guitar demos on several classic songs.
I've also added some of the Paul Simon album covers to this page so you know where the songs originated. And if you need full tutorials, they are available below for a small fee.
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50 Ways To Leave Your Lover came out at the end of 1975 as a second single release from the album "Still Crazy After All These Years".
It was a #1 hit across several charts in the US and hit #2 in France.
Drummer Steve Gadd played that famous drum bit heard across the song. The melody comes from an old Danish song from 1917.
Diamonds On The Souls Of Her Shoes ... info soon.
Duncan was a single released back in 1972 from his album entitled "Paul Simon" and was the last single following Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard and Mother And Child Reunion.
The song peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the lowest of the three singles.
Download the Paul Simon Duncan lyrics below.
Father And Daughter was written by Paul Simon for the movie "The Wild Thornberry's" movie in 2002 and was released as a single in 2003 and again in 2006 on his album "Surprise".
The song reached #20 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Graceland was released from the album of the same name back in 1986 which also featured the Everly Brothers on the album.
The song peached at #38 across several charts. The song helped the album win Grammy Of The Year in 1988 for best album.
Download the Paul Simon Graceland lyrics below.
Kodachrome was released by Paul Simon in 1973 from his third album entitled "There Goes Rhymin Simon". From that album came two popular songs both reaching #2 on the charts, and Kodachrome was one of those songs.
The song was originally called "Goin Home" and Simon wil often change the line "everything looks better (or worse) in black and white" as he stated he's not sure which way he originally wrote that line.
Download the Paul Simon Kodachrome lyrics below.
Late In The Evening hails from the 1980 "One Trick Pony" album as the lead single. The song reached #6 in the US and was a top 20 in several other countries.
Drummer Steve Gadd played with 2 drum sticks in each hand on this track.
Love Me Like A Rock was released as a single back in 1973 and peaked at #2 on the charts. The other #2 was Kodachrome.
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard hails from the Paul Simon album from 1972 and peaked at #6 in Canada and #7 in the US.
The 1988 video which was shot to promote a greatest hits album was in the neighbourhood where Simon met Garfunkel while attending high school. Spud Webb, Mickey Mantle and John Madden are also featured in the video.
Mother And Child Reunion is featured on Paul Simon's self-titled debut solo album, released in 1972. The album is often referred to as "Paul Simon" or "The Paul Simon Songbook."
The song was written by Paul Simon himself. The inspiration for the song's title came from a chicken and egg dish called "Mother and Child Reunion" that he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu. The lyrics of the song, however, explore deeper themes.
"Mother And Child Reunion" charted and achieved significant success. It was released as a single in early 1972 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It also performed well in other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada.
The song's lyrics touch upon themes of loss, separation, and mortality. It reflects Simon's personal experiences and emotions following the death of his family dog, which made him contemplate the idea of mortality and the deep bond between a mother and child. The song's lyrics combine these emotions with a reggae-inspired musical arrangement.
A music video was created for "Mother And Child Reunion." It was one of the earliest music videos produced during the early days of the medium. The video features Paul Simon performing the song while surrounded by various images and footage, including scenes of animals and landscapes. The video's visuals complement the song's themes and help convey its emotional tone.
One Trick Pony is a song released by Paul Simon from the album of the same name back in 1980. There was also a film by the same name starring Paul Simon.
The song did reach #17 on the charts in the US.
Slip Sliding Away ended up on Paul Simons first Greatest Hits album in 1977 and released as a single.
How does a song end up on a greatest hits album if has never been released prior to a greatest hits album? Not sure but the song did well and The Oak Ridge Boys sang backup on this song.
This song hails from Paul Simon's "Hearts And Bones" album from 1983. Train In The Distance was released as a single as the B side to Mother And Child Reunion, which was originally released in 1972.
In 1983, neither song made the charts.
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