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Paul Simon — Slip Slidin' Away
Album: Still Crazy After All These Years
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Released: 1975
Length: 4:41
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Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

I know a man
He came from my home town
He wore his passion for his woman
Like a thorny crown
He said Dolores
I live in fear
My love for you's so overpowering
I'm afraid that I will disappear

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

I know a woman
Became a wife
These are the very words she uses
To describe her life
She said a good day
Ain't got no rain
She said a bad day's when I lie in bed
And think of things that might have been

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

And I know a fa-ther
Who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons
For the things he'd done
He came a long way
Just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and headed home again

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

God only knows
God makes his plan
The information's unavailable
To the mortal man
We work our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we're gliding down the highway
When in fact we're slip slidin' away

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away
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Built up a negative view of his towering ego  and told myself I'm tired of hearing his songs here, there and everywhere.

but that hat rocks!
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Paul Simon is an American treasure. And no Canada, you can't have him. 
 1wolfy wrote:
JJ Cale  Crazy Moma   quite similar to me

 
It may sound similar, but "Crazy Mama" is essentially a blues progression: one chord throughout all the verses with a transition between them that sounds vaguely similar to the chorus of this song.  This song has many more chords than does Mr. Cale's.
Blow-away lyrics expressed without a second thought, a melody that sounds so simple like an 8 year old could write it in an afternoon ... that man is good.
She said a good day
Ain't got no rain 
She said a bad day's when I lie in bed
And think of things that might have been
Love it :)
JJ Cale  Crazy Moma   quite similar to me
I like this.
 Zarba wrote:
Paul must cringe every time he sees this picture...
 
actually it looks like he is the first "hipster"
on an inner city fire escape with tight jeans, bad facial hair and a hat that he (or anyone else) doesn't wear in real life 
I never really listened to this when it came out. My loss. Paul Simon's ability to distill complex concepts into succinct phrases is remarkable when paired with music.
 aekl wrote:

Yes! Anyone who says all of an artist's songs sound the same doesn't really know the artist, and certainly has never owned an album of theirs. Their comments should be stricken from the record!
 
There are plenty of recording artists who have songs which songs sound similar or alike - I don't think Paul Simon fits into that category so much, though.
Arguably, the most emotionally wrenching song ever written; one of the few that can bring tears to my eyes.
jadewahoo wrote:
I could not count how many times I have sung this song to my childrens over the last 31 years. A father wished to tell his son the reason for all the things he'd done. He came a long way Just to explain, Kissed his child while he lay sleeping then turned around and headed for home again....
Just how many do you have in 31 years? I thought I was doing okay to have four in six. Now I have five grandies. You must have about 546.
I could not count how many times I have sung this song to my childrens over the last 31 years. A father wished to tell his son the reason for all the things he'd done, Kissed his child while he lay sleeping then turned around and headed for home again....
She said a good day Ain't got no rain She said a bad day's when I lie in bed And think of things that might have been I've always loved that line.
Daniel_Pittenger wrote:
How could you rate any of Paul Simon's stuff less than godlike?
Well since you asked -- Quite easily, thank you.
Wow
This is one of those songs that makes me shiver.
How could you rate any of Paul Simon's stuff less than godlike? Well maybe that new album...
aekl wrote:
Yes! Anyone who says all of an artist's songs sound the same doesn't really know the artist, and certainly has never owned an album of theirs. Their comments should be stricken from the record!
Excellent point, aekl. Especially the part where you agreed with ME! :clap:
RobK wrote:
That's what everyone thinks when they simply don't like someone, which makes your comment totally unoriginal.
Yes! Anyone who says all of an artist's songs sound the same doesn't really know the artist, and certainly has never owned an album of theirs. Their comments should be stricken from the record!
It's rainin' outside, it ain't supposed to stop for days - and I forgot my lunch at home. But this song just hit the sweet spot, man. TJ
capandjudy wrote:
"Slip Sliding Away" is not from "Still Crazy After All Of These Years" as referenced above. It is a fantastic song none the less.
Funny, it's on my vinyl copy. And you're right, it's a fantastic song. Sad and uplifting at the same time, very human.
How can I both like and hate this song at the same time?!? :think:
toddschmutz wrote:
All Paul Simon songs sound the same! But they sound best when they are over.
That's what everyone thinks when they simply don't like someone, which makes your comment totally unoriginal.
toddschmutz wrote:
All Paul Simon songs sound the same! But they sound best when they are over.
:high-five:
All Paul Simon songs sound the same! But they sound best when they are over.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Play ANY Paul Simon or Simon & Garfunkel ANYTIME on RP! :clap:
Sign me up!
What a songwriter. These lyrics are amazing... "He wore his passion for his woman like a thorny crown."
Not a huge fan of the man, but this is nice. I like the lyrics in particular. "We work our jobs, collect our pay, but we're slip slidin' away." Not sure if those are the exact words, but that line stands out for me.
Lyrics, arrangement, rhythm...speaks volumes...
Just saw Paul in concert last week. absolutely amazing!!! :notworthy: and his opening act rocked some killer slide guitar :guitarist:
I've heard this song so many times, almost everytime I tear up. :cry:
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
I like this song and I can't stand myself for it. :stupid:
Yeah, it's depressing as hell but still melodic (vs melancholic).
I like this song and I can't stand myself for it. :stupid:
Man... some things never change. Love is old, love is new.
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
This song is so melancholy...it underlines Paul Simon's ability to remind us of some universal truths; 1 Love + doubt = despair 2 Hat + moustache = balding man 3 Sandals + socks = beard
:lol: Bump it!
Zarba wrote:
Paul must cringe every time he sees this picture...
I know I do. -mt- (Great song, though.)
Zarba wrote:
Paul must cringe every time he sees this picture...
Ohh, I think that picture was the one that started my Paul Simon crush! Guilty pleasure indeed!
Paul must cringe every time he sees this picture...
"The sound you make is muzac to my ears" - John Lennon
capandjudy wrote:
"Slip Sliding Away" is not from "Still Crazy After All Of These Years" as referenced above. It is a fantastic song none the less.
Well, it was written with this bunch (Still Crazy.. - 1975), just not released until his next album Greatest Hits, Etc. Also, released as a single with Something So Right (b side) in 1977 (2 years after it's release on the Still Crazy... album)
capandjudy wrote:
"Slip Sliding Away" is not from "Still Crazy After All Of These Years" as referenced above. It is a fantastic song none the less.
Well, it was written with this bunch, just not release until his next album Greatest Hits, Etc.
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
This song is so melancholy...it underlines Paul Simon's ability to remind us of some universal truths; 1 Love + doubt = despair 2 Hat + moustache = balding man 3 Sandals + socks = beard
I like this one. Lez bring it to the top. :)
"Slip Sliding Away" is not from "Still Crazy After All Of These Years" as referenced above. It is a fantastic song none the less.
Death_to_Clear_Channel wrote:
Someone actually possesses "good memories" from the 70's? Well hat's off to you, brother. That was one of the darkest decades of the century.
Yes. The other dark decades of the century were the 10's, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 80's and 90's. Memories are as good as you can make them, I suppose.
There's a sound in this song that truly had me thinking my pop-up blocker was going crazy. The song's pretty good, but I could do without that little sound.
Perfection.
One of the few individuals I would label as a musical genius. He did borrow a lot from other cultures and musicians, but in the process he definetly added his own flavor, and not only elevated his music, but the popularity of the original musicians. Paul Simon is probably the greatest all around musician in the last 50 years. and this is an excellent example of one of his best songs. Dealing with human emotion and making even pain beautiful.
Yes, play more solo Simon, or more Simon & Garfunkel, more often here on RP! Mark my words: 50 or 100 years from now, Paul Simon will be universally acknowledged as one of THE greatest songwriting talents of our era. The thing is, he's so easy to listen to, it's easy to severely underrate his work. He is just phenomenal. And by the way, this particular song also brings back good 70s memories for me too!
Death_to_Clear_Channel wrote:
Someone actually possesses "good memories" from the 70's? Well hat's off to you, brother. That was one of the darkest decades of the century.
Aw Man, we had so much FUN! Very fond memories were made in the 70's for me anyway...
dolfan wrote:
Takes me back to the '70's and some of the good memories from that time. Good choice for a return to 30 years ago. Paul Simon was/is a rare talent.
Someone actually possesses "good memories" from the 70's? Well hat's off to you, brother. That was one of the darkest decades of the century.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Play ANY Paul Simon or Simon & Garfunkel ANYTIME on RP! :clap:
I couldn't agree more. One of the best songwriters ever, with a wistful singing voice on top of it all.
Play ANY Paul Simon or Simon & Garfunkel ANYTIME on RP! :clap:
This song is so melancholy...it underlines Paul Simon's ability to remind us of some universal truths; 1 Love + doubt = despair 2 Hat + moustache = balding man 3 Sandals + socks = beard
Takes me back to the '70's and some of the good memories from that time. Good choice for a return to 30 years ago. Paul Simon was/is a rare talent.