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Paul Simon — Born At The Right Time (live)
Album: Concert In The Park
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Released: 1991
Length: 5:03
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Down among the reeds and rushes
A baby boy was found
His eyes as clear as centuries
His silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Me and my buddies we are travelling people
We like to go down to restaurant row
Spend those Euro-dollars
All the way from Washington to Tokyo
I see them in the airport lounge
Upon their mother's breast
They follow me with open eyes
Their uninvited guest

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Too many people on the bus from the airport
Too many holes in the crust of the earth
The planet groans
Every time it registers another birth

But among the reeds and rushes
A baby girl was found
Her eyes as clear as centuries
Her silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time
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Nothing comes from nothing: everything is derivative.
 thewiseking wrote:
more cultural appropriation from the lil fella from Queens. lets stick to Simon and Garfunkel
 
Piss off with the cliche "cultural appropriation" bullshit. Every culture shares something. We borrow, adopt, learn from other cultures. That's the way the planet works. Take your self-righteousness (or perceived) elsewhere.
more cultural appropriation from the lil fella from Queens. lets stick to Simon and Garfunkel
 nutrod42 wrote:

Sure, this song isn't bad, maybe even pleasant, but it's not even in the same league as his S&G material.
 
As always, opinions vary.
 kcar wrote:

I think Paul Simon would be first in line to quash that desire. He's repeatedly said he doesn't want to be stuck in the past (although he's done a lot of S&G reunion tours. Hope it's for more than just the money). Would you want to be chained to stuff you did 40 years ago? And Paul's written some brilliant stuff since '75.  

 
I don't blame him for not wanting to be stuck in the past, and I think the original comment about him revoking the rights to his later material is silly. However, every time I hear his solo material, I can't help but think about how great he used to be, and how bland his music has become. Sure, this song isn't bad, maybe even pleasant, but it's not even in the same league as his S&G material.
World Peace is a wonderful thing
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
This song (and much of Rhythm of the Saints) is always a treat.

What's amazing and unusual about this version is that he's performing in front of several hundred thousand people, but it's actually a gentler and more intimate arrangement than on the album. He's just taking his time and savouring the melody and it works. 

 
I think Rhythm of the Saints gets lost in the shadow of Graceland. It's a somewhat more introspective, mellow record so maybe that's why?
Not sure but I've always preferred it to Graceland.
Thank You RP  : )

(I agree with the sentiment having heard awesome music live, or on dingee little radios and now on my computer because of you folks)
Nice song. Cover looks like Trump's inauguration crowd.... in his fevered fat orange head, LOL! {#Tongue}
This comes along, and then I remember, then I realize: THIS is quality musicianship, THIS is unbridled genius, THIS is a REAL song!
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
This song (and much of Rhythm of the Saints) is always a treat.

What's amazing and unusual about this version is that he's performing in front of several hundred thousand people, but it's actually a gentler and more intimate arrangement than on the album. He's just taking his time and savouring the melody and it works.
 
YES! Agree with your observation about the arrangement and pace. Have always loved this song, and Rhythm of the Saints in general. And maybe I'm biased, but I do feel Mr. Simon was "born at the right time"... and on the right date, too. Because we share a birthday, which was yesterday. {#Cheesygrin}
 flyboy wrote:
PSD ASAP

 
Feel free, of course.  But why post that?  It's meaningless clutter.  No one cares that you hate this song.
PSD ASAP
He should be glad that he wasn't born under a bad sign.  {#Wave}
 NuggetNectar wrote:
So generic...
 
really? wow, you live in cool place.
This reminds me, I have to go and stir the muesli.
LOVELY!
This song (and much of Rhythm of the Saints) is always a treat.

What's amazing and unusual about this version is that he's performing in front of several hundred thousand people, but it's actually a gentler and more intimate arrangement than on the album. He's just taking his time and savouring the melody and it works. 
 moodfood wrote:
love that guitar.. {#Guitarist}
 
yes, this is beautiful!
10 10 X ten
Played at the right time!
A great thing w paul simon you can track his evolution pretty damn clearly and still love his garfunkelest beginnings & that considerable loss to now when he don't need no body but the whole world singing along with him
What a genius and plus would have been a hella bookmaker as well 
 moodfood wrote:
love that guitar.. {#Guitarist}

 
🎞👍😊
love that guitar.. {#Guitarist}
So generic...
 gregormiz wrote:
Oh... please let it stop.
My fondest (musical) desire is that Paul Simon revokes the playing rights to all of his songs after 1975. 
Um, and maybe that Janis Joplin gets to sing another concert, but that's just crazy.
 

 
I think Paul Simon would be first in line to quash that desire. He's repeatedly said he doesn't want to be stuck in the past (although he's done a lot of S&G reunion tours. Hope it's for more than just the money). Would you want to be chained to stuff you did 40 years ago? And Paul's written some brilliant stuff since '75.  

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Beautiful
One of the few live songs where I prefer the audience screaming to the artist's singing. Yeah, I know, you hadda be there, but I wasn't. In gigs like this, I wonder what roadies do with all the knickers that are thrown on the stage?
Let me guess, yesterday was a bit o' hell, today is a bit of heaven theme? The Xavier Rudd song a couple back was incredible.
Love this! Thanks for this lineup (three fabulous tunes —  live versions — in a row)...superb!

{#Sunny}
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
 
mine too

 gregormiz wrote:
Oh... please let it stop.
My fondest (musical) desire is that Paul Simon revokes the playing rights to all of his songs after 1975. 
Um, and maybe that Janis Joplin gets to sing another concert, but that's just crazy.
 
 

I couln't disagree more. That's not to say that his pre-'75 stuff is bad. It's great too, but he's created so much amazing stuff (including this beautiful song) in his career that he should have a galaxy, or at least a solar system, named after him.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 


Great song originally from The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990...  love this live version, too...



Oh... please let it stop.
My fondest (musical) desire is that Paul Simon revokes the playing rights to all of his songs after 1975. 
Um, and maybe that Janis Joplin gets to sing another concert, but that's just crazy.
 
Lucky to have lived in the era of Mr. Simon's genius.
I heard the picking and thought it was Oliver Mtukudzi, then caught myself and realized that if it's not, it must be Paul Simon.

This is pretty good. He has enough songwriting equity that songs like this have more gravity than if it were someone else. I quite like the studio version of this (and that whole album, truly).
{#Frustrated}
wow

Down among the reeds and rushes
A baby boy was found
His eyes as clear as centuries
His silky hair was brown Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time Me and my buddies we are travelling people
We like to go down to restaurant row
Spend those euro-dollars
All the way from washington to tokyo
I see them in the airport lounge
Upon their mother's breast
They follow me with open eyes
Their uninvited guest Never been lonely
Never been lied to
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Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time Too many people on the bus from the airport
Too many holes in the crust of the earth
The planet groans
Every time it registers another birth But among the reeds and rushes
A baby girl was found
Her eyes as clear as centuries
Her silky hair was brown Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time
Pure genius.  The classics are out this morning.  Cure, Paul Simon and now the beuna vista social club.  No complaints from me.
 fastfinger wrote:
I've been to several of his concerts and LIVE at Central Park happenings. This guy has always been ahead of the times. He was the driving force with Simon and Garfunkle - notice who had a longer career! He has had a profound influence on many others.

 
To his credit, Art Garfunkel is still touring.  This is a beautiful song, BTW.


I forgot I knew this song. It's beautiful.
I've been to several of his concerts and LIVE at Central Park happenings. This guy has always been ahead of the times. He was the driving force with Simon and Garfunkle - notice who had a longer career! He has had a profound influence on many others.

 lionirons wrote:
Paul Simon has really lost his "punk edge".
 
Very funny!

His (et. al.) performance of "Cool, Cool River" at this concert is amazing.  Worth the price of admission for that song alone.
Wow! I can understand people have differing music taste... but really? vomit inducing?

Is it because you don't like the Simon without the Garfunkel?  (I'm not really a fan of old Art, but his stock rose when he appeared in Flight of the Conchords)


{#Puke}
Is this song about "overpopulation"? 


Paul Simon's "You're the one" album rocks. If you like Simon and don't have the album, check it out!
so bland it sticks to the loudspeakers
 Papernapkin wrote:
This is not worthy of being called a song.
 
Amen!

This is not worthy of being called a song.
trite & boring.
element1 wrote:
This is actually from the Concert in the Park, August '91. If you're looking to buy this track, don't be looking for the original featured on the boxed set shown... get this show! It's truly one of the greatest performances of all time -- an astoundingly tight performance start to finish.
It's a good album but I find the "live" recording a bit too finessed. Still, it makes for a nice greatest-hits type album. This song is just beautiful in any incarnation.
Amazing sound, depth, and dynamics for a live recording.
This is actually from the Concert in the Park, August '91. If you're looking to buy this track, don't be looking for the original featured on the boxed set shown... get this show! It's only one of the greatest performances of all time. An astoundingly tight performance start to finish.
Paul Simon has really lost his "punk edge". :smile:
That little duds alright with me.
paul is a genious. his solo work is almast as good as with garfunkle. i can still remember driving around listening to graceland! love it
:music: More acoustic! :guitarist:
I like it! Love the guitar....