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Paul Simon — American Tune
Album: There Goes Rhymin' Simon
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Released: 1973
Length: 3:42
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Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
But I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
We're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest
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A master poet
So many years since I last heard this....but still fabulous
Beautiful song.  
Marvelous! A great song from a great album and a great artist - thanks Paul!
Bonus points for the clever album name. 
Mandy Patinkin (Broadway star, Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride, and Saul Berenson on Homeland) covered this 10-12 years ago on a record that IIRC, focused on the Jewish immigrant experience. Think he sang part of it in Hebrew.

marvelous...  love this song...
 
Simon was a has-been before his time.
Bach !

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Great song.  There's a sensitivity to it, in music and lyric, that is so special and dear.  I saw jazz vocalist Kurt Elling do a great cover of this in Seattle a few weeks ago.  Bill, get on that.
 romeotuma wrote:

I would say it is a tie between Dylan and Simon...  but I agree with you that this song is incredible, and it is from a great album...

 
 
Having seen both this summer I'd like to point out that there may have once been a contest but Mr Simon is still a legendary and amazing performer who rocked the whole of Hyde Park while Bob Dylan's lamentable performance saw droves of people leaving the Hop Farm Festival early due to the awful state of his voice and his insistence on playing obscure tracks nobody knows and ruining classics so badly it takes 3 minutes to realise he is actually playing How do you feel?
 Antigone wrote:
Simply beautiful. Great lyrics. Sweet tune.
 
For those who don't know, the tune is "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded."
I love this song!!  {#Notworthy}
 Bozo wrote:
Thank you, Bill:  great song from a great album.  More than Dylan, America's poet laureate.
 
I would say it is a tie between Dylan and Simon...  but I agree with you that this song is incredible, and it is from a great album...

 
Thank you, Bill:  great song from a great album.  More than Dylan, America's poet laureate.
Song is OK but that album cover, c'mon! 
gets a 9
Simply beautiful. Great lyrics. Sweet tune.
Fairly boring, Paul.