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Simon & Garfunkel — Save the Life of My Child
Album: Bookends
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 102









Released: 1968
Length: 2:47
Plays (last 30 days): 0
"Good God! Don't Jump!"
A boy sat on the ledge
And old man who had fainted was revived
(He's all right)
And everyone agreed 'twould be a miracle indeed
If the boy survived
"Save the life of my child!"
Cried the desperate mother

The woman from the supermarket
Ran to call the cops
"He must be high on something, " someone said
Thought it never made the New York Times
In the Daily News the caption read
"Save the life of my child!"
Cried the desperate mother

(Hello, darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again.)

A patrol car passing by
Halted to a stop
Said officer MacDougal in dismay
"The force can't do a decent job
'Cause the kids got no respect
For the law today" (and blah blah blah)
"Save the life of my child!"
Cried the desperate mother
"Oh, what's becoming of the children?"
People asking each other

When darkness fell, excitement kissed the crowd
And it made them wild
In an atmosphere of freaky holiday
When the spotlight hit the boy
The crowd began to cheer
He flew away

"Oh my Grace, I got no hiding place"
"Oh my Grace, I got no hiding place"
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This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

This has never been one of my fave S&G tunes, either. I think it's something to do with the droning synth and wailing background vocals.

 
If I may... 

When I was given this record at the age of 8, it was profound in its diversion from the pop of the time. The whole album was a portrait in words. Poetry of nuance. This song stands out mostly for its layering of vocals and efx, along with its social & period implications. Its place in the album order made sense. I played it over and over just to get that spooky vibe when the female choir chimes in. Sounded heavenly and ominous simultaneously.

Nowadays, we've all heard the sound of a record needle falling and the scratches that follow. For me, this was the record where I first heard that sound, along with the interminable wait for the song to start. It's forever imprinted on me. 
I always thought that Simon on this album cover, looks like a character in "One Flew Over the Cucko's Nest"
 ch83575 wrote:
This remind anybody else of Ren & Stimpy's "Save my baby" episode?

 
 
I'll have to check it out on video and get back to you. One of the most hysterical things I've ever seen was the Ren and Stimpy cartoon with the golden hairball. 
 gshrieves wrote:
Wow, this may be the most unappealing Simon and Garfunkel song I've ever heard. And I like Simon and Garfunkel!
 
This has never been one of my fave S&G tunes, either. I think it's something to do with the droning synth and wailing background vocals.

 ch83575 wrote:
This remind anybody else of Ren & Stimpy's "Save my baby" episode?

 
 
Watch out, man, here come them fire dogs...



It probably sounded fine at the bottom of the well where S&G were.

Up top where the mic was, not so much.

Don't remember this one at all on the LP. Or is it a "bonus track" that someone found on an old tape? 
 ch83575 wrote:
This remind anybody else of Ren & Stimpy's "Save my baby" episode?

 
 
Indeed.
This remind anybody else of Ren & Stimpy's "Save my baby" episode?

 
wtf?
 gshrieves wrote:
Wow, this may be the most unappealing Simon and Garfunkel song I've ever heard. And I like Simon and Garfunkel!
 
Uh-huh. Agreed.
 
This O-Wow-Man production is really turning me off.
Simple: genius...
Fantastic stuff!!{#Music}
I forgot how great these guys were
 diegotz wrote:

everyone sucks

 
Everyone has a belly button. {#Wink}
Love, love, love this song.  It may be somewhat of-its-time, but the arrangement is so creative, and the whimsical yet poignent ending is very compelling.
 Papernapkin wrote:

Too late.
 
everyone sucks

Horrible...


Wow, this may be the most unappealing Simon and Garfunkel song I've ever heard. And I like Simon and Garfunkel!
 diegotz wrote:
yay! highest rated song ever!
let's keep it that way!
 
Too late.
 diegotz wrote:
yay! highest rated song ever!
let's keep it that way!
 
HAHA there's only 5 votes! I have the power to instantly make this a middle of the pack rated song.

 diegotz wrote:
yay! highest rated song ever!
let's keep it that way!
 
Was.

yay! highest rated song ever!
let's keep it that way!
Wow. 
I hit the LRC jackpot here!

I found quite a few Simon and Garfunkel songs that weren't on the Main Channel that should be there.

Another Insta- Add!  {#Jump}