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Paul Simon — Late In The Evening
Album: One Trick Pony
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7.7

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Total ratings: 1845









Released: 1980
Length: 3:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
First thing I remember, I was lying in my bed
Couldn't have been no more than one or two
And I remember there was a radio
Coming from the room next door
And my mother laughed the way some ladies do
Well it's late in the evening
And the music's seeping through

The next thing I remember, I am walking down the street
I'm feeling all right, I'm with my boys, I'm with my troops, yeah
And down along the avenue some guys are shootin' pool
And I heard the sound of acapella grooves, yeah
Singin' late in the evening
And all the girls out on the stoops, yeah

Then I learned to play some lead guitar
I was underage in this funky bar
And I stepped outside and smoked myself a J
And when I come back to the room everybody just seemed to move
And I turned my amp up loud and I began to play
And it was late in the evening
And I blew that room away

The first thing I remember when you came into my life
I said, "I'm gonna get that girl no matter what I do"
Well I guess I've been in love before
Once or twice I've been on the floor
But I never loved no one the way that I love you
And it was late in the evening
And all the music seeping through.
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Rating to me only 7
 jambo wrote:


i'd say it's advanced judging from comments that almost all very well informed. you need some life experience to offer musical knowledge from decades of listening. 

RP listeners also strike me as very well educated.

it's about Quality. just ask robert persig.

RP IS Quality.
 
I'll agree with you, jambo!  And accept the compliment as well ;-) 

For me it's not just the fact RP is a musical oasis in the desert of commercial backed programming, the very fact that this is listener supported means that we're a family of sorts, spread about the world (and yes, folks almost everywhere are logged on to RP which is amazing) and often bopping to the same tunes from one time-zone to another.  I think we all admire BnR's "station" and the thought put into the "playlists" is artistic in itself.  And I say "LONG LIVE RP!!"
 jmkate wrote:
Not sure if its possible to sit still to this....
 
Might be. With some serious restraints! {#Bananajam}
Whenever I hear this song I remember a night I was out with my friends and one of them asked me to pick a song for him for karaoke. I picked this one and he didn't know how it went so he messed up the lyrics and the crowd booed him. Then during the instrumental break he started salsa dancing and they all loved him again.
blech
 PopKombo wrote:
Goofy or not ya got ta love the drumming, percussion and horn sections on this

 
Not sure if I remember well, but somehow I am under the impression that I have heard Adrian Belew saying that he was the guitar player behind the horns and brass section of this song... you might want to check it out...
 Skydog wrote:

i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are

 

i'd say it's advanced judging from comments that almost all very well informed. you need some life experience to offer musical knowledge from decades of listening. 

RP listeners also strike me as very well educated.

it's about Quality. just ask robert persig.

RP IS Quality.
this one will be my walking around track for the rest of the day, maybe tomorrow too.{#Cool}
 jmkate wrote:
Not sure if its possible to sit still to this....
 
Excellent suggestion!  Moving quickly to PSD
Not sure if its possible to sit still to this....
A nice tune, especially in the context of the film, about being able to do only one thing - play music. Even as the B-52s and Devo begin to overshadow song craft. In the film he wonders what his place is in the world if he is just a One Trick Pony. Nice idea.
{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
Love love love this song.  I've got some serious chair dancing going on over here.
This song is great!  And so is the movie....while Paul might not be the best actor, I think he did a great job in "One Trick Pony" - in fact it's one of those lost gems from the 80s.  Several great musicians acted in it...including Steve Gadd who is an EXCELLENT drummer.  Lou Reed was in it too!  The song gets a 10 from me!
 Skydog wrote:

i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are

 
I am younger by a 7 years to the 62 stated in the quote above this.  If I were to hazard a guess I would put average in the mid to late 40's.
 PopKombo wrote:
Goofy or not ya got ta love the drumming, percussion and horn sections on this

 
{#Clap}
When Paul Simon writes a song, that song knows it was written by Paul Simon. A fine ass piece of art, that is.
 
 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, 

 
i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are
Really feeling it tonight.  8 >>> 9!
The song may be goofy, but its from the movie One Trick Pony and relates to the context of the movie.
George Harrison called those kinds of Beatles songs "Paul's fruity songs". I can see that. But I don't think of Paul Simon's songs that way at all. They just don't cross that line as that goofy. 50 Ways feels pretty dark to me. The others are fun, but not silly. It's a fine line.

I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 


Goofy or not ya got ta love the drumming, percussion and horn sections on this
Goofy song.

i love this song


 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 
but if music can convey feelings, then why not humour, drama, and comedy?
 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 
I rarely ever come on here and post anything critical - but boy, you sure summed up the way I feel about this PS song and the others you mentioned. 
 unclehud wrote:
Once upon a time in high school, probably around 1904, my friends and I decided there should be a musical category called "tennis shoe music." 

This song fits squarely in that category.

 
LOL!
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Tennis.  I describe a friend that cannot keep up when it comes to trekking through the bush as someone who spent the formative years playing tennis and drinking Martinis.   
I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.
 CanyonMan wrote:
When I listen to the beginning of this song, I've always wondered: Where did his childhood go?  Based on the lyrics, he didn't remember anything between the age of "one or two" and being a bar-hopping, stoned, horny, guitar player....  What the heck happened in between? {#Stupid}

 
t&j
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this classic song...  we be dancing cross-eyed and buck naked like Willy Shakes...
When I listen to the beginning of this song, I've always wondered: Where did his childhood go?  Based on the lyrics, he didn't remember anything between the age of "one or two" and being a bar-hopping, stoned, horny, guitar player....  What the heck happened in between? {#Stupid}
 rpdevotee wrote:

     great rhythm section


...yes, and really tight brass section!

 

You both said it all.
My all time PS song...have been needing to hear this.  Thanks Bill.
 PopKombo wrote:
great rhythm section

 
...yes, and really tight brass section!
Paul Simon is sheer class, his lyrics are interesting and the backing music top notch, absolutely a high rating. Never smoked a "J" but he makes it sound its the sort of thing you do.
{#Yell} "Outstanding"
great rhythm section
 Hippostar wrote:
OMG!  I love smoking J's too!  This guy totally gets me.  He's so awesome because he talks about getting stoned in song.
 
(chuckle, chuckle.)  Yeah, in 1980.  It was scandalous.  Really, it was.
1980, really?  Wow!  History says those were tough years, but I was having a ball.  And we beat the Russian and won a Gold Medal too.  And the congress never shut down.  And Dems and Repubs actually spoke to one and other.  
 linden wrote:

Yup. It works in reverse, too -- actors generally don't do well as rock stars. Unless your name is Bowie.

 

guess you havn't caught Bruce Willis......{#Fire}
OMG!  I love smoking J's too!  This guy totally gets me.  He's so awesome because he talks about getting stoned in song.
 capandjudy wrote:

I was thinking the same. For the most part when musicians decide that they want to act the outcome is not good. 

 
Yup. It works in reverse, too -- actors generally don't do well as rock stars. Unless your name is Bowie.
Great song, but I like better live versions from the park, especially 1991. So much energy...

Everybody in my church be dancing...  love this song...
 
 sirdroseph wrote:
Horrible movie, great album!{#Clap}
 
I was thinking the same. For the most part when musicians decide that they want to act the outcome is not good. 

I stepped outside and smoked myself a J.


This song brings back some great memories!
 Keef wrote:
makes me want to go outside and smoke myself a J...
 

you gonna go back in and blow that room away?
 Jahgal wrote:

Dance with me Romeotuma! It's snowing in Bonn and I need to keep warm. And this song does it! {#Dancingbanana}

 

Hope it is much warmer there now!  You are welcome here anytime...  love this song...  we be dancing...


 
 NeuroGeek wrote:

{#Bananajumprope} ...and cheers to your room!
 
Thank you!  Hope you are having a great time right this minute...

love this song soooo much...

 
makes me want to go outside and smoke myself a J...
 DoctorHooey wrote:
I wish I could live in this song
 
I got to do just that.  The film of the same name was being filmed here in Cleveland.  I was still driving a catering truck back then and actually went to the factory that was used in the film, Marsh Allen, which made those fold up TV dinner trays we all used to have.  Its still there but nothing more than an empty ivy covered brick building slowly falling into decay. 

I also stopped at a GE facility that was right next door to the old Cleveland Agora parked in the alley between the two.  More than a couple of times, I was able to go in the side door and watch Simon fiddling around on the stage there in the afternoon when they were between things.  The Agora is where the concert footage was filmed.  Wonderful memories.
 romeotuma wrote:


marvelous...  love it...

 
 
{#Bananajumprope} ...and cheers to your room!


marvelous...  love it...

 
I wish I could live in this song
 romeotuma wrote:


This classic is the story of my life...  love it...

 
 
Dance with me Romeotuna! It's snowing in Bonn and I need to keep warm. And this song does it! {#Dancingbanana}



This classic is the story of my life...  love it...

 
      "and I blew that room away"   Great lyric.. and very cool it was done with a Gibson or Martin
     and not a Mac 9, Uzi, or Gtar  (grenade launcher)  S&G were a class act with songs that will be 
     played for centuries to come...{#Cheers} (and here's to you Mrs. Robinson) 

Let's hear the brass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just wanna drink when I hear this tune!

This is some real good shite from Paul.
 
Once upon a time in high school, probably around 1904, my friends and I decided there should be a musical category called "tennis shoe music." 

This song fits squarely in that category.
I wish this song had five more verses. It's such an fantastic groove.
I bet you have one wild party going on. Pretty crowded in there, dancing cheek to cheek... {#Group-hug}{#Bananasplit}{#Wave}

 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 

Everybody in my hotel room be dancing...  love this great classic song...


 


This song is soooo good for the feet...

 
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
This is OK.     4
 
Oh, jeez.


songwriter has  got some range
The recording from the  Concert in the Park is better..  but this will do....  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Businessgypsy wrote:
You might be amused to learn that sex, fast cars and dangerous adventures were enjoyed by people you now view as harmless drones. See the old guy on the bench there sleeping in the sun? Killed fifteen Nazis with his bare hands and ran a brothel in the South Pacific. Done any awesome things with your life so far? There's still time!
 
Awesome!

Every generation pictures itself as bad-asses, when the generation before has already been there and done that, they just don't need to prove their sh*t anymore. 
This is OK.     4
This song's pretty good! I normally overlook Paul Simon because Simon & Garfunkel bores me to tears. Perhaps I gave Simon short shrift.
Now THAT is a tight horn section!
 weez wrote:
My body is uncontrollably going into a David Byrne-esque samba dance.
 
Me too! And I'm at work!

EXCELLENT SONG. AN ALL TIME FAVORITE
 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 
hell yes.
I saw Simon and Garfunkle in Central Park and people were just handing it out. I think the whole lawn was stoned.
That said
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer} 
"... and my mother laughed the way some ladies do ..."
Horrible movie, great album!{#Clap}
Groovy near-perfection.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
You might be amused to learn that sex, fast cars and dangerous adventures were enjoyed by people you now view as harmless drones. See the old guy on the bench there sleeping in the sun? Killed fifteen Nazis with his bare hands and ran a brothel in the South Pacific. Done any awesome things with your life so far? There's still time!

 
Fear and Loathing @ RP! Who'da thunk it?  {#Cowboy}


perfect...




one of my favorites. love the percussion and brass section.
bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"
Was Paul really that cool?
There was a great SNL skit (yeah, they were great at one time) with Simon entering an elevator which closed and would never reopen. Trapped by Satan into listening to Muzak versions of his hits for eternity.

You might be amused to learn that sex, fast cars and dangerous adventures were enjoyed by people you now view as harmless drones. See the old guy on the bench there sleeping in the sun? Killed fifteen Nazis with his bare hands and ran a brothel in the South Pacific. Done any awesome things with your life so far? There's still time!


 PA1749 wrote:
Any music that make ME physically move MY body is GODLIKE!
Yours Truely,
Couch Potato
 
Dear Mr Potato,
Shake and bake you old tuber, you're full of carbohydrates!
Yours sincerely,
Rotten Apple

Any music that makes ME physically move MY body is GODLIKE!
Yours Truely,
Couch Potato

 martinc wrote:
This was a movie that I really enjoyed the concert footage in. Paul Simon moved up the scale for me after watching him play in the movie. No oscar but good tunes
 
I thought it was a good movie. Wonder why it didn't get more coverage? Music was awesome from it. It's one of my favorites from PS.
This was a movie that I really enjoyed the concert footage in. Paul Simon moved up the scale for me after watching him play in the movie. No oscar but good tunes
 fredriley wrote:

Depends. He might have been smoking a J Cloth :o)

I'll get me coat...
 
...say good night Fred.
 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 
Depends. He might have been smoking a J Cloth :o)

I'll get me coat...



What a great beat...  this song made the discos sound soooo good...

 
 splooge wrote:
Steve God
 
Amen to that. I don't think there's anyone, anywhere who can play a ride cymbal quite like him. Amazing senses of touch, timing, rhythm, pacing, musicality. "Aja" is his masterpiece. This one's right up there.
 weez wrote:
My body is uncontrollably going into a David Byrne-esque samba dance.
 


That be good...  love this song...

 
My body is uncontrollably going into a David Byrne-esque samba dance.
IMO, one of his best albums. Fantastic movie also if you get the chance to catch it. And yes, Paul Simon is/was THAT cool! A 10 for sure!
 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 
Years ago, if you bought a guitar in NYC, it came with a bag of pot in the case.

Not really, but it may as well have{#Sunny}

 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 
REALLY??
YOU HAVE TO ASK???
damn I'm getting old 


What memories... what a great song...  love it...




I'm pretty sure the dancing banana was made for this song.
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam} 
Boppin' away here with Rhymin' Simon. Love it.


great song...  love it...




fantastic...


 Smoove_D wrote:
I don't know about Paul Simon. I just don't know.
 
Stay tuned!  {#Biggrin}
 DrLex wrote:

I think expecting Radio Paradise to have a playlist of 8 billion songs, or even 8 million songs, is quite a bit of lack of perspective. Do you ever come out in the real world? Even in my country where FM radio doesn't suck as hard as in the US, you'll hear the same song multiple times a day unless you'd go working, shopping and dining while wearing industrial ear protection. Because you seem to like numbers, here's some mathematics. Suppose a station has a playlist of 10000 songs. I have no idea how many songs the active playlist of RP has, but this seems reasonable, especially in the light of the following assumption. Suppose this station is run by DJ Random, who gives every song a number between 1 to 10000 and uses a perfect random number generator to pick the next song. Suppose you listen to 120 songs this way (at an average of 4 minutes per song, that would take 8 hours). The birthday paradox says that in this case (see simulation below), there's a 50% chance that you'll hear the same song twice in this time span!

For a playlist of 50000 songs, the 50% chance of repetition is already reached at approx. 250 picks, not the expected 600. Of course, while many radio streams work this way, on RP this is not how it's done — luckily. First of all, Bill avoids the horrible transitions that DJ Random would produce, by combining songs that actually belong together. This reduces the amount of randomness, but of course Bill has a memory and will try to avoid repeating the same song often. To minimize repetition, he would need to create an ideal sequence of all songs once, and repeat this eternally. But that would become boring too, so as a compromise and to keep managing RP tractable, Bill recycles 'stretches' of playlist, slowly mutating them and discarding them after a while. And Bill is only human, so he'll play the songs that he likes a little bit more often than others. I wasted some of my time telling this story to show that things can be a whole lot worse, and I believe RP comes damn close to an ideal radio station. You just have to accept the fact that ideality doesn't exist and that some of the songs you don't like will be played, and repeated after a while.
 
I don't think I would like it if it was constantly great—-I'm glad I don't like everything on here.  Gives me time so I can have some breathing space...and not be in damned musical ecstasy all day long.


And I turned my amp up loud and began to play
It was late in the evening, and I blew that room away

yaa id id
It's all about the syllables, he once said. Whatever it is, it frickin' well works brilliantly {#Dancingbanana}
 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 

Yeah, he was...  this song is fantastic...


 bchartier wrote:
"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?
 
I went to see him at Montclair State College in NJ in 1976.  I was 14 at the time.  He kept forgetting lyrics and messing up while playing.  Looking back, I'm pretty sure he was stoned.

Makes me happy!

{#Dance}

...And the percussion stuff STILL has little surprises after all these years.


"smoked myself a J"

Was Paul really that cool?


soooo groooovy...  loooove it...


 DrLex wrote:

I think expecting Radio Paradise to have a playlist of 8 billion songs, or even 8 million songs, is quite a bit of lack of perspective. Do you ever come out in the real world? Even in my country where FM radio doesn't suck as hard as in the US, you'll hear the same song multiple times a day unless you'd go working, shopping and dining while wearing industrial ear protection. Because you seem to like numbers, here's some mathematics. Suppose a station has a playlist of 10000 songs. I have no idea how many songs the active playlist of RP has, but this seems reasonable, especially in the light of the following assumption. Suppose this station is run by DJ Random, who gives every song a number between 1 to 10000 and uses a perfect random number generator to pick the next song. Suppose you listen to 120 songs this way (at an average of 4 minutes per song, that would take 8 hours). The birthday paradox says that in this case (see simulation below), there's a 50% chance that you'll hear the same song twice in this time span!

For a playlist of 50000 songs, the 50% chance of repetition is already reached at approx. 250 picks, not the expected 600. Of course, while many radio streams work this way, on RP this is not how it's done — luckily. First of all, Bill avoids the horrible transitions that DJ Random would produce, by combining songs that actually belong together. This reduces the amount of randomness, but of course Bill has a memory and will try to avoid repeating the same song often. To minimize repetition, he would need to create an ideal sequence of all songs once, and repeat this eternally. But that would become boring too, so as a compromise and to keep managing RP tractable, Bill recycles 'stretches' of playlist, slowly mutating them and discarding them after a while. And Bill is only human, so he'll play the songs that he likes a little bit more often than others. I wasted some of my time telling this story to show that things can be a whole lot worse, and I believe RP comes damn close to an ideal radio station. You just have to accept the fact that ideality doesn't exist and that some of the songs you don't like will be played, and repeated after a while.
 
bump to the top, looks like someone didn't want to work that day...

Mutatis mutandis

 
Gartholamundi wrote:

"living Nostalgiacolor" is now part of my vocabamundo. woot woot! thanks mucho!{#Daisy}
 




love it...


Not the greatest fan of PS personally, but man, the guy is a flippin' genius.
 splooge wrote:
Steve God
 
Yeah. Too freakin' cool. Saw this band in Calgary years ago. Couldn't take my eyes off the kit.


Nice version1
I don't know about Paul Simon. I just don't know.
I LOVE this song and always have! Would love to hear one trick pony..

I even liked the movie! Many moons ago but I remember the music performance bits were great
Dr. Lex!  Fantastic - EVERYONE should be required to read this post when joining RP!