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Simon & Garfunkel — For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her (live)
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:18
Plays (last 30 days): 2
What I dream I had:
Pressed in organdy;
Clothed in crinoline of smoky Burgundy;
Softer than the rain.

I wandered empty streets
Down past the shop displays.
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways,
As I walked on.

And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night.
We walked on frosted fields of juniper and lamplight,
I held your hand.

And when I awoke and felt you warm and near,
I kissed your honey hair with my grateful tears.
Oh I love you, girl.
Oh, I love you.
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Thank you for playing that Bill!
Sometimes when a songs lyrics and musical composition or perhaps a passage I've read are just right they place a direct hit to my heart and mind. Sometimes when I'm alone I'll cue up a few of these personal favorites and pensively listen to them one after the other, tears streaming down my face. For Emily Wherever I May Find Her is one of those songs. A Song For You...In My Life...Guinnevere...Genesis...Harvest Moon...4+20...one time I was at a street fair in Deep Ellum and read Graham Nash's hand scribbled song lyrics to Our House doodled onto a sheet of paper and that crushed me standing there in silence, my eyes watered up and me biting my lip. I find Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa especially beautiful among several others of his.
 
Excuse me, I have to get some tissues...
Should be:

Sort of like watching an episode of Cheers --- evocative of a time when people weren't pissed off all the time and you could actually sing a love song.
Wonderful.
That is still the biggest 'tache in music!!
My choice for the most blissful love song ever recorded.
 chyk5 wrote:
I've always felt S&G had an incredible talent, but am I the only one who finds these lyrics a little precious?! What am I missing?

 

Define precious. Anyway, other than being slightly sappy lyrics that were written by idealistic, romantically yearning slightly wistful 20 somethings with their whole lives before them, there is little wrong with them.  I'm certain that many/most of us have felt similarly, and for those that didn't or don't, it may be more of an issue for them than with the lyricist and/or composer. 
This must be what angels' voice sound like 
 passsion8 wrote:
Thanks for playing the gentle sweet stuff too. Excellent.
 

I lost a friend on RP because I didn't know how to control my bipolar illness, and I think of her every time I hear this song. Sorry Emilia.
jeez, you keep doing it! beautiful songs from the 60's.
 SPACEDOG wrote:
Still a 10...
 
Same...
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
Wow...  what a playlist we have today!!!   Makes work somewhat enjoyable..

{#Dancingbanana}

 
If you are on RP, every day has an incredible playlist
 chyk5 wrote:
I've always felt S&G had an incredible talent, but am I the only one who finds these lyrics a little precious?! What am I missing?

 
Context: there's a line between elegant / sensitive and precious
Timing: there's almost 50 years between then (1969) and now (2018)

They were interesting times.
Thanks for playing the gentle sweet stuff too. Excellent.
Its a shame these two couldn't have played to gether longer......
 Noé wrote:
Love you girl ?? I want to understand {#Lol}

 
{#Whisper}
Love you girl ?? I want to understand {#Lol}
 sfyi2001 wrote:


 

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar.
You're gonna go far, you're gonna fly high,
You're never gonna die, you're gonna make it if you try; they're gonna love you.

But you gotta get a hair cut first. 




is it Valentines' Day?  holy smoke this is bursting with sweet passion
A beautiful song, and I remember a beautiful story I read about Art Garfunkel in the Columbia alumni magazine.  He was friends with a blind student, and one day when they were downtown, Garfunkel told his friend that he had to leave so he would have to find his own way back to campus.  The blind student was in a panic, but managed to find his way back, with Garfunkel following him close by all along.  There's something very touching about that.
 chinaski wrote:
Paul and Arty...a national treasure. 

What I dream I had:
Pressed in organdy;
Clothed in crinoline of smoky Burgundy;
Softer than the rain.
I wandered empty streets
Down past the shop displays.
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways,
As I walked on.
And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night.
We walked on frosted fields of juniper and lamplight,
I held your hand.
And when I awoke and felt you warm and near,
I kissed your honey hair with my grateful tears.
Oh I love you, girl.
Oh, I love you.


I'm ashamed to say I've never read the lyrics to this song, always snarkely thinking about it as overwrought in the same way as Bluto feels about the guitarist in Animal House. Fully expecting to have my preconceived notions confirmed, I was shocked to find myself so moved by the beauty of Simon's lyrics and the ethereal echo of Garfunkel's voice.


Sreamlike
 Cynaera wrote:
To me, this song is more about the mood than the profundity (or lack thereof) of the lyrics. I love the ambiance it creates. Today, we have a riotous thunder and lightning storm raging outside, though the temperature is near 80 degrees. Somehow, the gentleness and quiet beauty of this song underscores the violence of the elements out of our control, and it's just magical. Nope - not gonna close my window - I want that rain and wind to come through and give us all a good dousing. I want that thunder to ripple across the sky and drown out my music.

Dang - for the first time in a couple of weeks, I'm happy to be alive. {#Sunny}

 
bump
that one there leaves me breathless

beautiful 
Paul and Arty...a national treasure. 

What I dream I had:
Pressed in organdy;
Clothed in crinoline of smoky Burgundy;
Softer than the rain.
I wandered empty streets
Down past the shop displays.
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways,
As I walked on.
And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night.
We walked on frosted fields of juniper and lamplight,
I held your hand.
And when I awoke and felt you warm and near,
I kissed your honey hair with my grateful tears.
Oh I love you, girl.
Oh, I love you.

So beautiful, absolutely timeless...
Artie Garfunkel's angelic vocal with Paul Simon's immaculate guitar—heaven.
double bump On_The_Beach : )       joyful and sad
excellent live performance and recording
Career-defining performance.
Timeless.
 Cynaera wrote:
To me, this song is more about the mood than the profundity (or lack thereof) of the lyrics. I love the ambiance it creates. Today, we have a riotous thunder and lightning storm raging outside, though the temperature is near 80 degrees. Somehow, the gentleness and quiet beauty of this song underscores the violence of the elements out of our control, and it's just magical. Nope - not gonna close my window - I want that rain and wind to come through and give us all a good dousing. I want that thunder to ripple across the sky and drown out my music.
Dang - for the first time in a couple of weeks, I'm happy to be alive. {#Sunny}
 
bump
Beautiful
 jhorton wrote:
This guy could really sing. If he wasn't such an a**hole, he'd probably be famous.

 
Art was an a**hole?  I'd always heard it was his former partner (boss) who better-filled that description.
This song always brings back the exquisite ache of youth for me. Sigh.
Mr G sure has an awesome voice!      steady rain this morning    . . .
Wow...  what a playlist we have today!!!   Makes work somewhat enjoyable..

{#Dancingbanana}

solid bump to you too On_the_Beach, next time you're on Cooper's Neck I'll join you in a single malt toast to Cy!  Cheers
 haljordan wrote:
I'm always a little disappointed when the first notes of "The Boxer" don't follow after the applause. 

 
Heh, I see someone else has been listening to The Greatest Hits CD pretty extensively too. Good to know I have company {#Roflol}
Unbelieveably beautiful.  Even after all the years that have passed, this song still hits the spot.

And for all of us that are thinking, "Man, I'm getting old!", Art is 71 years old as of today — I looked it up.
 impediguy wrote:
What's so amazing about this song is that it is performed, and consequently performed exquisitely in front of a silent and mesmerized audience. Thier tempo is hardly pulsing or steady, but their rhytm is unmistakeable, and I especially like Garfunkel's satin vocal as it falls slightly behind the accompanyment of the guitar. I wish their were words for exactly how this made me feel, but it certainly left me with melancholy jo:. "I liked it" would have bee an understatement.
 
Nicely said. Love this exquisite song.

absolutely beautiful classic...
 
Wow. The best male vocal I've ever heard.

One of the greatest vocalists that I have heard in my lifetime, and likely other's lifetimes as well
What a dream I had
dressed in organdy
clothed in crinoline
of smoky burgundy
softer than the rain

I wandered empty streets down
past the shop displays
I heard cathedral bells
dripping down the alley ways
as I walked on

and when you ran to me
your cheeks flushed with the night
we walked on frosted fields
of juniper and lamplight
I held your hand

and when I awoke
and felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair
with my grateful tears
oh, I love you
oh, I love you



Sweet!

This guy could really sing. If he wasn't such an a**hole, he'd probably be famous.
I am so going to Garfunklepalooza this year!
 misterimpatient wrote:
I have loved this song for at least 40 years. I'm not stopping now. 

 
Ditto!
...and then Blutto smashes the guitar in the stairwell?
wow. i forgot all about this. beautiful.

imagining someone singing this about me...brings tears. 
Still on a great roll this Sunday's playlist RP! Simon & Garfunkel always welcome.
 haljordan wrote:
I'm always a little disappointed when the first notes of "The Boxer" don't follow after the applause. 
 
^^ This ^^
I have loved this song for at least 40 years. I'm not stopping now. 

 impediguy wrote:
What's so amazing about this song is that it is performed, and consequently performed exquisitely in front of a silent and mesmerized audience. Thier tempo is hardly pulsing or steady, but their rhytm is unmistakeable, and I especially like Garfunkel's satin vocal as it falls slightly behind the accompanyment of the guitar. I wish their were words for exactly how this made me feel, but it certainly left me with melancholy jo:. "I liked it" would have bee an understatement.
 
Very good analysis.  An absolutely gorgeous song.
A beautiful song that brings beautiful memories.
Nice!
Can't believe I never rated this until now...

What's so amazing about this song is that it is performed, and consequently performed exquisitely in front of a silent and mesmerized audience. Thier tempo is hardly pulsing or steady, but their rhytm is unmistakeable, and I especially like Garfunkel's satin vocal as it falls slightly behind the accompanyment of the guitar. I wish their were words for exactly how this made me feel, but it certainly left me with melancholy jo:. "I liked it" would have bee an understatement.
awe... didn't know this was in the playlist, so sweet, innocent and different from the more known songs  {#Good-vibes}
 kcar wrote:


I was absolutely smitten with a girl named Emily when in high school and used to dream about her to this song. Sigh. She finished high school in three years and went on to bigger and better things but I held onto that image of her as the ideal love for years...
 

yep.  this song is all about ideal love.  although the name "emily" really fits, doesn't it?  wouldn't quite be as romantic, if he had called it, say, "Gertrude" or "Margie", ya know?  {#Rolleyes}
I'm always a little disappointed when the first notes of "The Boxer" don't follow after the applause. 
 frink_1 wrote:
I saw a video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers covering this song between a raucous "Californication" and "Give It Away".  One of the most surprising live numbers I've ever seen.
 
I saw that concert..  it was in italy some years ago.  John Frusciante was giving the peppers a break and he broke into this song.  He did a great job w/ it but seemed a bit self conscious at one point and started yelling the words into the mike.  mebbe he just needed to rock...
 Rooney wrote:
I had quite a full-on adoring relationship going when this song came out...and used to fantasize to it.  the object of my affection met me in my dreams, in the rain, in front of a cathedral somewhere ...except it was a pee coat and a scarf of smoking burgundy, not krenolin and organdy.  you get my drift...
 

I was absolutely smitten with a girl named Emily when in high school and used to dream about her to this song. Sigh. She finished high school in three years and went on to bigger and better things but I held onto that image of her as the ideal love for years...
Extra-syrupy, I'm afraid.  I've never enjoyed this song, though I really like most of what S&G have done.
 RabbitEars wrote:

 


Great picture!  I still have this original vinyl, albeit somewhat faded, scuffed and scratched...  love this song...



 ubuntourist wrote:
Paul and Art were able to make me happy to be sad. Or something.
 
Strangely, I know what you mean! {#Yes}
Good song but I rated Games w/o Frontiers higher.
Exquisite.
Art Garfunkel has the voice of an angel.
Paul and Art were able to make me happy to be sad. Or something.
Sublime......................
I had quite a full-on adoring relationship going when this song came out...and used to fantasize to it.  the object of my affection met me in my dreams, in the rain, in front of a cathedral somewhere ...except it was a pee coat and a scarf of smoking burgundy, not krenolin and organdy.  you get my drift...
I saw a video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers covering this song between a raucous "Californication" and "Give It Away".  One of the most surprising live numbers I've ever seen.
 Cynaera wrote:
To me, this song is more about the mood than the profundity (or lack thereof) of the lyrics. I love the ambiance it creates. Today, we have a riotous thunder and lightning storm raging outside, though the temperature is near 80 degrees. Somehow, the gentleness and quiet beauty of this song underscores the violence of the elements out of our control, and it's just magical. Nope - not gonna close my window - I want that rain and wind to come through and give us all a good dousing. I want that thunder to ripple across the sky and drown out my music.
Dang - for the first time in a couple of weeks, I'm happy to be alive. {#Sunny}
 
Enjoyed your post. {#Cheers}
To me, this song is more about the mood than the profundity (or lack thereof) of the lyrics. I love the ambiance it creates. Today, we have a riotous thunder and lightning storm raging outside, though the temperature is near 80 degrees. Somehow, the gentleness and quiet beauty of this song underscores the violence of the elements out of our control, and it's just magical. Nope - not gonna close my window - I want that rain and wind to come through and give us all a good dousing. I want that thunder to ripple across the sky and drown out my music.

Dang - for the first time in a couple of weeks, I'm happy to be alive. {#Sunny}

They certainly set a great mood for youngsters intent on love.

 
chyk5 wrote:
I've always felt S&G had an incredible talent, but am I the only one who finds these lyrics a little precious?! What am I missing?

 


Very nice!
 chyk5 wrote:
I've always felt S&G had an incredible talent, but am I the only one who finds these lyrics a little precious?! What am I missing?

 
I think it depends on how love-sick you are when you write/listen to it. {#Smile}

I've always felt S&G had an incredible talent, but am I the only one who finds these lyrics a little precious?! What am I missing?

Art's voice is pretty awesome for a live performance.  The guitar is beautiful, too.
I haven't heard this in so many years—thanks for the nostalgia!

{#Sunny}

 paraclete wrote:
This is great, but the original studio version is bettah!
 
{#Yes}

 romeotuma wrote:
This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
It's so good for insomnia. Perhaps I ought to rip a copy and play it at bedtime {#Sleep}
Great set again!! Thanks RP!


This song is soooo good for the ears...


Angelic pipes.
manbirdexperiment - with some of the CRAP you've added, YOU hate this song?

Unbelievable.

s


 paraclete wrote:
This is great, but the original studio version is bettah!
 
Absolutely right!!

Hearing this song makes me want to believe that there is still a shred of hope to cling to in this lifetime...the sound is incomparable...the feeling, sublime.

Absolutely stunning, this song sends chills through me ...
I think that there are few better incantations of those three words.
WOW   very nicely done
This is great, but the original studio version is bettah!
One of the most romantic songs ever, always makes me think of a long-ago love!


AWESOME...


to the times i ask if history or this century them will bring others two extraordinary musicians and so amazing singers as Paul Frederic Simon & Arthur Ira Garfunkel, that had filled the imaginary one of some generations in the whole world. - ** 9 **


It's just a damn beautiful song.
rtrudeau wrote:
They are the reason for the expression "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
Artie had (has) a beautific voice. Paul is a genius level songwriter with a volume and variety, and ability to be both widely accessible (read popular) and critically aclaimed in the American pop/rock tradion that is third...make that fourth only to Dylan, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Nahh .. He comes before Joni in the balance of popular...she being more influential. Artie could sing.
sorry to nitpick, but i believe the title of the song is "For Emily, WHENever I May Find Her," not "For Emily, WHEREever I May Find Her."
It may be generational.....heck no... its not. As opposed to the sweet syrupy sentimal song that preceded it today by Ellis Paul, this sweet syrupy sentimental song is truly imaginative, original and creative, and not formulaic and pedestrian.
This is such a beautiful song. Honestly - the don't make 'em like that anymore. s
They were the masters at merging rock and elegance.
ktnsb wrote:
Were you one of the other three people in the world who saw that awful movie he was in? I think it was called Sensual Obsession? Big mistake. Don't watch it if you like Artie G. You will definitely regret it, 'cause then he will give you the creeps, too. He was an amazing singer, though, and this song is one of his best performances ever.
Artie was also famously part of Carnal Knowledge with Jack Nicholson and Ann Margaret.
DoctorHooey wrote:
This song is rich with an idealism and romanticism that is all to scarce in songs nowadays. I wish we could get it back. I'm sure I'll be called a hippie for saying so.
And some profoundly beautiful imagery too! :clap:
Alpine wrote:
Garfunkel gives me the creeps. But nice music.
Were you one of the other three people in the world who saw that awful movie he was in? I think it was called Sensual Obsession? Big mistake. Don't watch it if you like Artie G. You will definitely regret it, 'cause then he will give you the creeps, too. He was an amazing singer, though, and this song is one of his best performances ever.
DoctorHooey wrote:
This song is rich with an idealism and romanticism that is all to scarce in songs nowadays. I wish we could get it back. I'm sure I'll be called a hippie for saying so.
you're a hippy. and a damned fine one at that.
Alpine wrote:
Garfunkel gives me the creeps. But nice music.
Me too. Great, great song - but if a pillow could sing, it would have Art Garfunkel's voice. And hairdo, probably.
I am, for the most part, a practical man. But this song reminds me happily of the times I wasn't so practical. It's good to be reminded of that now and then.
This song is rich with an idealism and romanticism that is all to scarce in songs nowadays. I wish we could get it back. I'm sure I'll be called a hippie for saying so.
OK, you win. I still like the 60's. :hug:
slowhand wrote:
Unabashley one of the greatest songs ever…sorry it's so short.
:yes: I prefer the studio version off of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It's 5 seconds longer. :lol:
Beautiful.
steeler wrote:
Man, I miss these guys, together. Was there ever a greater duo?
They are the reason for the expression "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
haljordan wrote:
Even after all these years I still anticipate the first notes of "The Boxer" to rise as the applause fades.
Yes, me too. :clap:
Even after all these years I still anticipate the first notes of "The Boxer" to rise as the applause fades.
superflyLD wrote:
this is such a beautiful song. Too bad it isn't longer.
I feel the same. This song let's me dive into my youth, when my parents used to put this on the turntable... Lovely! :pray: