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Paul Simon — Graceland
Album: Graceland
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Released: 1986
Length: 4:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The Mississippi Delta
Was shining like a National guitar
I am following the river, down the highway
Through the cradle of the Civil War

I'm going to Graceland, Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee
I'm going to Graceland
Poorboys and pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland

And my traveling companion is nine years old
He is the child of my first marriage
But I've reason to believe
We both will be received
In Graceland

She comes back to tell me she's gone
As if I didn't know that
As if I didn't know my own bed
As if I'd never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead

And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

I'm going to Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee
I'm going to Graceland
Poorboys and pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland

And my traveling companions
Are ghosts and empty sockets
I'm looking at ghosts and empties
But I've reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

There is a girl in New York City
Who calls herself the human trampoline
And sometimes when I'm falling, flying
Or tumbling in turmoil I say
Whoa, so this is what she means
She means we're bouncing into Graceland

And I see losing love
Is like a window into your heart
And everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody feels the wind blow

In Graceland, in Graceland
I'm going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There's some part of me wants to see Graceland
And I may be obliged to defend
Every love, every ending
Or maybe there's no obligations now
Maybe I've a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, in Graceland, Graceland, Graceland
I'm going to Graceland
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fuck it
9>10
OK, good song.  Heard it plenty. 
There's something in his voice that I find so annoying. I can't help it.
 Proclivities wrote:

 C'mon, VH1: The 1987 Graceland Tour concert that Simon played in Africa was in Zimbabwe, not South Africa.  Had it been played in South Africa in 1987, the audience certainly would have been segregated, if allowed in at all - South Africa was still under apartheid.  Miriam Makeba did not return to South Africa until 1990 - after Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison.  Hugh Masekela did not return until a year or two after that.
  It's possible that in South Africa, the musicians playing with Simon during the recording of this album (not during live performances) had to go through conditions such as segregated restrooms, transport, and entrances, but I don't know where that other poster got that information - it was probably not from the 45th US President though.

 
Great restrained reply, Proc!  Let the facts talk and the music play, eh?. 
 VH1 wrote:

Don't you just love it when people trumpet their limited knowledge all over the world? Where the hell did you get this? Donald Trump?
What you wrote is BS of the finest category or crap at its best!
I have seen the concert and there was absolutely no segregation between white and black artists nor the audience. Furthermore, I do not believe that Miriam Makeba would have played the concert if this was all so awful, she just would not have stand for it. Neither would have Hugh Masakela or Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Because before they recorded the album they together attented a concert in SA.
Paul Simon made it possible, that Makeba could return to SA for the first time in 27 years, having being refused re-entry into the country after a concert abroad in 1959.
And Masakela was forbidden to play concerts at all. The album is one of the best ever made, but I do not discuss taste, that is a personal matter....
Get your facts straight Bonehead. Don't be an embarresment.

 
 C'mon, VH1: The 1987 Graceland Tour concert that Simon played in Africa was in Zimbabwe, not South Africa.  Had it been played in South Africa in 1987, the audience certainly would have been segregated, if allowed in at all - South Africa was still under apartheid.  Miriam Makeba did not return to South Africa until 1990 - after Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison.  Hugh Masekela did not return until a year or two after that.
  It's possible that in South Africa, the musicians playing with Simon during the recording of this album (not during live performances) had to go through conditions such as segregated restrooms, transport, and entrances, but I don't know where that other poster got that information - it was probably not from the 45th US President though.
A much more deserving candidate for this years nobel price for literature! 
 adpucci wrote:
...he did record with local black artists but, incidentally, those musicians had to be kept segregated from whites as far as transport, entrances, restrooms and toilets were concerned.

despicable individual.

the music is good, but it remains one of the worst albums of all times nonetheless.
 
Don't you just love it when people trumpet their limited knowledge all over the world? Where the hell did you get this? Donald Trump?

What you wrote is BS of the finest category or crap at its best!

I have seen the concert and there was absolutely no segregation between white and black artists nor the audience. Furthermore, I do not believe that Miriam Makeba would have played the concert if this was all so awful, she just would not have stand for it. Neither would have Hugh Masakela or Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Because before they recorded the album they together attented a concert in SA.

Paul Simon made it possible, that Makeba could return to SA for the first time in 27 years, having being refused re-entry into the country after a concert abroad in 1959.

And Masakela was forbidden to play concerts at all. The album is one of the best ever made, but I do not discuss taste, that is a personal matter.

Prejudice breeds Seperation. Seperation breeds more prejudice.
Get your facts straight Bonehead. Don't be an embarresment. {#Iamwithstupid}


That's it. Right there.
Wow, what a set, Bill!  Big Daddy doing an Afro-tinged "Once in a Lifetime", then Talking Heads' "Flowers"...I knew something from Graceland must be coming up!
in 1986, apartheid was still very much legal in South Africa.

the #BDS movement called upon civil society to boycott South Africa, this in fact was so successful that within a relatively very short time from 1986 apartheid was brought to an end, due to the financial pressure.

Paul Simon was offered the studios of Sun City to record for free, or almost, and he justified himself against the internationl outrage and comdemnation, by saying that he thought he'd get a chance to record with some local musicians.

prominent South African artists, both in SA and in exile overseas, were loudly and rightly disgusted - one of the results was the charity single (AIN'T GONNA PLAY) SUN CITY.

he did record with local black artists but, incidentally, those musicians had to be kept segregated from whites as far as transport, entrances, restrooms and toilets were concerned.

despicable individual.

the music is good, but it remains one of the worst albums of all times nonetheless.
Still great
A great song from one of the greatest albums ever made.
Not a stinker in the bunch. 
So many rhythms, so much exuberance, so many depths and colors of sound in this one! And quantum-heartbreak lyrics. Pure genius!
me likey like, very much!
{#Sunny} 
 steeler wrote:
Paul Simon is just a giant among songwriters of his generation.

This song is near his heights, and is representative of the quality and diversity.  

   

 
Paul Simon is a giant among songwriters of any generation.
 msymmes wrote:
Check out the ratings distribution chart on this.  Incredible.

 

There should be more 10s, IMO. I think that this is one of the finest albums of all time.
i am going to aaaaahfreakaaaah! whooooo!
Check out the ratings distribution chart on this.  Incredible.
Paul Simon is just a giant among songwriters of his generation.

This song is near his heights, and is representative of the quality and diversity.  

   
Bill has impeccable taste and knows how to string them together !!!!

ODAD wrote:
OK, after Big Daddy -- Once In A Lifetime, I was thinking "some Paul Simon world music would fit in here sometime after this".
BillG having the same thought as I did -- kinda freaky, huh ?

 


OK, after Big Daddy -- Once In A Lifetime, I was thinking "some Paul Simon world music would fit in here sometime after this".
BillG having the same thought as I did -- kinda freaky, huh ?

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Really, really groovy sounds in this one, which I didn't really appreciate as much then as I do now...nice, hearing it first time in a long while!
 TerryS wrote:
Subtract the walking fretless bass and this is a lesser piece.

 
If I had wings I could fly.
National Guitar



I'd really like to hear "Elvis is Dead" by Living Colour follow this song up.
It's the only way, really...
 

Quite frankly, this album changed my musical life forever. Great tune.


 
Oh dear. Three 1s and a 2 in quick succession. I love RP but occasionally it drops in sequences of lemons, to these uncultured ears anyway. So it goes. TFF PSD.
Still a grest song!
 TerryS wrote:
Subtract the walking fretless bass and this is a lesser piece.

 
...and your point is?
 ncollingridge wrote:
Quite excellent. I had forgotten quite how brilliant this track is, from what is also an almost peerless album.
 

I agree...  this album is in the top ten of all time...  love this song forever...  time flies when we're having fun...  we be dancing...
 
Quite excellent. I had forgotten quite how brilliant this track is, from what is also an almost peerless album.
And what makes this particular track stand out? PHIL AND DON, that's what!


Everybody in my church loves this song, and this whole album...

 
Top 5 album of the 80s hands down. Its interesting that he achieved such brilliance at this point in his career and not earlier. In know Garfunkle fans will disagree, but its hard to argue that S & G's music approached the complexity and sensitivity of Simon's work on Graceland.
How is it that I hadn't rated this yet? 10 on an album of tens.
Not a huge fan of Paul Simon alone, but this never ceases to blow me away....a solid 10!  The lyrics to this and "Boy in the Bubble" are just incredible. {#Good-vibes}
 ThePoose wrote:
Love the growly fretless work on this. Who's the bassist?

Bakithi Kumalo 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAgd9Ijw6WI

Kumalo was one of the main South African inspirations and collaborateurs on the album. Absolutely incredible.
Great song because it is so American, besides the African music influence.
Perfect.


Love this song...  this whole album is incredible...

 
gotta see the Graceland 25 years later TV show on cable last night
 Still one of the greatest songs and albums of the past 50 years.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 

Paul Simon & Willie Nelson - Graceland, Live 

"2 of my 3 favorite songwriter/poets together. Wonderful."     1catlucy



 

Subtract the walking fretless bass and this is a lesser piece.
Absolutely a 10.  Graceland and The Boxer, which he did with his buddy Art, are my all-timers by them.


GRANDIOS  {#Bananajam}




perfect...




9>10

just gets better and better
 romeotuma wrote:


I was born in Graceland...
 

i was born again in this album
 ri_shelton wrote:
Damn! Tears in my eyes again! Is it the chords? Is it the promise of America? Is it the dissolution of important relationships?
 
it's the brown shag carpet on the walls of the jungle room - brought tears to my eyes too

Damn! Tears in my eyes again! Is it the chords? Is it the promise of America? Is it the dissolution of important relationships?

That bassline is nothing other than awsome!
One of Pauls absolute best songs imo. 


I was born in Graceland...


amen.
I remember when Graceland beat out So for best album at the Grammys that year. At the time I was incensed, but as the years passed I have come to agree with the choice.
nice!
 baltimorelovejoy wrote:
Definitely one of my 25 favorite songs, since I was a very young lad.
 
I think it's in my top 47 too.


Paul Simon, an American Treasure!
That human trampoline line sneaks up on me every time. LOL

did I tell you I love all music?? well now I did,,,if I have something bad to say I keep to myself these days
Just checkin' that I gave this a 9.

(I hadn't - I'd given it an 8: what was I thinking of?)

p.s. I agree with you, JWB, - the tempo seems a bit wrong, like.

Love the growly fretless work on this. Who's the bassist?
For some reason this sounds just slightly different from the one on the Graceland CD I have.  The tempo seems just a little bit odd.  Is there more than one take of this floating around?

Edit: Poking through my friend's record collection, I found that the RP version of the song is from the remastered release of the CD.  My version is the original.  The textures of the song are very different between the two.



Graceland— what an awesome semiotic symbol here in Paradise...

smehan55 wrote:
Nope. Not jealous. I just really do not care for Paul Simon. Grates on my nerves. Just too sickening sweet for me. But in a too much artificial sweetner sort of way.
You seem to be in a small minority. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
thewiseking wrote:
Ya know, if I want to listen to great music from around the world I will do that. I don't need Mr Simon, or anyone else, to spit it up predigested.
LOL, good luck finding something that isn't influenced by something else in the world. And of all PS's stuff, I think this is the least evident of an international influence.
Definitely one of my 25 favorite songs, since I was a very young lad.
Like a breath of fresh air after that Rickie Lee Jones trainwreck!
Ya know, if I want to listen to great music from around the world I will do that. I don't need Mr Simon, or anyone else, to spit it up predigested.
horstman wrote:
Oooh, some one sounds a little jealous!
Nope. Not jealous. I just really do not care for Paul Simon. Grates on my nerves. Just too sickening sweet for me. But in a too much artificial sweetner sort of way.
windhorse wrote:
Well put and absolutely agree. How can I change my 9 to a 10...?
Just do it. Click on the rating list to choose 10, then click Rate!.
steeler wrote:
Gentle. Soothing. Understated. Brilliant. I believe that Paul Simon has never really received the credit he is due as probably one of the great American composers of the past 50 years. Perhaps it is because there is not any one song or album that is considered a masterwork. But the man has been consistently excellent, and has taken on a number of musical challenges.
Well put and absolutely agree. How can I change my 9 to a 10...?
smehan55 wrote:
I just don't understand why everyone loves Paul Simon. I think his work is just way too precious, pretentious and cutesy-wootsey. "Listen to my cute little rhymes. I'm just soooo clever with my cute little words ... oooh shining like a National guitar ... I'm soooo clever ... " Blech.
Oooh, some one sounds a little jealous!
:group-hug: :hearteyes: :meditate: :sunny: :notworthy: :group-hug:
Amazing poet... listen to those lines...think he's more connected at times than Dylan...and MUCH easier to listen too... :bananajam:
Probably one of my top 10 favorite songs. Definitely a 10.
You're reading soooooooo much more into this song that what it actually is. Great, great album. smehan55 wrote:
I just don't understand why everyone loves Paul Simon. I think his work is just way too precious, pretentious and cutesy-wootsey. "Listen to my cute little rhymes. I'm just soooo clever with my cute little words ... oooh shining like a National guitar ... I'm soooo clever ... " Blech.
Back in the 70's, I took a songwriting class by Sammie Cahn, and at that time he noted Simon as one of the great American songwriters. Nothing Simon has done before or since that time does any disservice to that notion - especially Graceland.
I just don't understand why everyone loves Paul Simon. I think his work is just way too precious, pretentious and cutesy-wootsey. "Listen to my cute little rhymes. I'm just soooo clever with my cute little words ... oooh shining like a National guitar ... I'm soooo clever ... " Blech.
Rhymin'Simon!!
This song is simply beautiful in all respects. I'm praying for my entry into Graceland also!
I can't believe I haven't rated this song already. A solid "10." :clap:
I think this album was magic or something. It is so thoroughly excellent, beginning to end. Thanks for playing this.
HMS_Beagle wrote:
This one goes straight to my heart. Part of my upbringing, and probably PS's best work.
I saw a show on VH1 where Paul Simon was talking about the making of the Graceland album and he said that the song Graceland was the best song that he ever created. He should know.
His best, and thats a big call. What a rythme section!
govna wrote:
the only one of his african sounding songs that i can stand.
That's kinda funny. Aside from the beautiful guitar work this one barely sounds "African" at all. I guess that's why you like it but you're missing out on some wonderful tunes...African or not.
This one goes straight to my heart. Part of my upbringing, and probably PS's best work.
This puts the "Paradise" in "Radio Paradise". :bounce:
Franz Ferdinand into Modest Mouse into Paul Simon... only on RP. Great transition... I love it!!!
the only one of his african sounding songs that i can stand.
Bill is on a tear! An eclectic, fabulous tear! Keep it rockin'
This set is totally rockin' good! :bananajam:
physicsgenius wrote:
You have neckties older than Graceland ? Time to get some new neckties. You may want to also invest in some underwear.
Good grief! An attempt at the funnies from PG. :eyes:
Ain't it sweet? Someone mentioned it's a good driving track...It also sounds mighty nice while riding the Odakyu and Chiyoda-Sen between Umegaoka and Akasaka and watching the girls look at the girls yeah look at the girls and smiling and talking to them too reveals and can yield the Next New Thing and yes We have reason to believe We all will be received in Graceland, go, Paul! and go, you cool, cool rock-hound, Bill!
Brilliant tune. One of those rare songs where the greatness of the lyric matches the greatness of the music.
I can't believe that this was released on an 8-track! Didn't it come out in the late 80's? They still made 8-tracks then? eeke wrote:
this song just brings me back to my childhood cruisin in my folks pontiac with this on the 8-track! love it!!!
BKardon wrote:
People still buy CD's?
For the better music like this, I'll have a CD anytime over a crappy 128kbps MP3 or iTunes download.
I'm going to... :yawn:
eeke wrote:
this song just brings me back to my childhood cruisin in my folks pontiac with this on the 8-track!
8-track? 8-track? Is this album old enough for 8-tracks? It's from, what, 1990? Were 8-tracks still around in '90?
this song just brings me back to my childhood cruisin in my folks pontiac with this on the 8-track! love it!!!
She comes back To tell me she's gone... Timeless lyric.
musikalia wrote:
86% rated this an 8,9,or 10. ....as it should be. :yes:
I'll give it a 7. My 8, 9 and 10s will be when Simon is with Garfunkel.
86% rated this an 8,9,or 10. ....as it should be. :yes:
Jeez, Bill, that was one hell of a ?segue from the last chord of Modest Mouse into the first chord of this! Tremendous!
Can't believe I hadn't had a chance to rate this yet! 10 by all means! Go Paul.
bigpomp wrote:
Ha HA! Parker's My Little Suede Shoes to Simon's Graceland. THAT is why I listen to RP. THAT is DJ-ing at its best.
And again this morning, along with Manu Dibango. Smooth set.
This song has a way of sparking my wanderlust - a nice little jaunt thru the "cradle of the civil war"
bigpomp wrote:
Ha HA! Parker's My Little Suede Shoes to Simon's Graceland. THAT is why I listen to RP. THAT is DJ-ing at its best.
Couldn't agree more. A little slice of music heaven, this is. :sunny:
steeler wrote:
Gentle. Soothing. Understated. Brilliant. I believe that Paul Simon has never really received the credit he is due as probably one of the great American composers of the past 50 years. Perhaps it is because there is not any one song or album that is considered a masterwork. But the man has been consistently excellent, and has taken on a number of musical challenges.
Couldn't agree more!
lester wrote:
Love it. And I agree it's destined to be a classic someday. But I've got older neckties. Hello all: how old does something have to be to be a "classic"?
You have neckties older than Graceland ? Time to get some new neckties. You may want to also invest in some underwear.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Well in the 70s we watched "Happy Days" about "classic" 50s... It's 20 years since this album came out, so it——ah, nevermind. Sorry to exacerbate your midlife crisis! :wink:
No worries. My midlife crisis was over and done with years ago!
Filofox wrote:
When I listened this album to death during my teens, I missed the complexity and subtlety in many of the tracks -- it's only now I'm hearing them again (thanks to RP) that I'm noticing it. Lord knows where the vinyl has gone, I might just have to invest in a copy on CD...
People still buy CD's?
Ha HA! Parker's My Little Suede Shoes to Simon's Graceland. THAT is why I listen to RP. THAT is DJ-ing at its best.
This song popped in my head a few years back while sitting on the tour bus waiting for the Graceland gates to open up and let us in.....and watching all the 'Elvi' hanging around on the sidewalk outside....that day was a lot of fun!! :wink: :sunny:
lester wrote:
Love it. And I agree it's destined to be a classic someday. But I've got older neckties. Hello all: how old does something have to be to be a "classic"?
Well in the 70s we watched "Happy Days" about "classic" 50s... It's 20 years since this album came out, so it——ah, nevermind. Sorry to exacerbate your midlife crisis! :wink:
This is right up there with On The Road as far as making me want to hope in a car and hit the hi-way.
excellent song choices today.
killahfunkadelic wrote:
this song actually inspired me to roadtrip to Memphis a couple years back. Sun Studio, Graceland, Beale Street, not to mention catching the Violent Femmes on Mud Island...and this CD about a hundred million spins.
Ya'll come back now, ya hear?!!
lunalein wrote:
As everyone seems to agree, a classic.
Love it. And I agree it's destined to be a classic someday. But I've got older neckties. Hello all: how old does something have to be to be a "classic"?