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Paul Simon — Duncan
Album: Paul Simon
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Couple in the next room bound to win a prize
They've been going at it all night long
Well, I'm tryin' to get some sleep
But these motel walls are cheap
Lincoln Duncan is my name
And here's my song, here's my song

My father was a fisherman
My mama was a fisherman's friend
And I was born in the boredom and the chowder
So when I reached my prime
I left my home in the Maritimes
Headed down the turnpike for New England, sweet New England

Holes in my confidence
Holes in the knees of my jeans
I was left without a penny in my pocket
Ooh-oowee, I was about as destituted as a kid could be
And I wished I wore a ring so I could hock it
I'd like to hock it

A young girl in a parkin' lot
Was preaching to a crowd
Singing sacred songs and reading from the Bible
Well, I told her I was lost
And she told all about the Pentecost
And I seen that girl as the road to my survival

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

Just later on the very same night
When I crept to her tent with a flashlight
And my long years of innocence ended
Well, she took me to the woods
Sayin' "Here comes something, and it feels so good!"
And just like a dog I was befriended, I was befriended

Oh, oh, what a night
Oh, what a garden of delight
Even now that sweet memory lingers
I was playing my guitar
Lyin' underneath the stars
Just thankin' the Lord
For my fingers
For my fingers

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
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Brilliant song writer. Not a bad looking wife neither.
A ten for sure.
Was it more than an hour ago since I heard this vinyl?
 Rockit9 wrote:
Flute Player: Paul smoke this.
Flute player: How do you feel?
Paul: I feel great
Flute Player: Can you turn up my part in the mix?
Paul: How much weed do you have left?
Flute Player: Not much with me, I left my main stash in my recorder case, sorry!
Paul: Well then go get your recorder and I'll write some more lyrics while I wait.
......a long pause
Flute Player: Here's the rest of my stash, will you turn up my part in the mix now?
Paul: *coughing* what part? 
Flute Player:  My part!!
Paul:  No, go get your recorder and we'll re-record it
Flute Player:  ARRGGG.....you're the boss, I guess....be back in a bit....

 

If I had to pick my favorite Paul Simon song, this would be it.
There is such genius in what he writes; but even more genius in what he does not say!

"... and just like a dog, I was befriended...

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know...

... playing my guitar,
Lying underneath the stars,
Just thanking the Lord for my fingers,
For my fingers."
 Rockit9 wrote:
Flute Player: Paul smoke this.
Flute player: How do you feel?
Paul: I feel great
Flute Player: Can you turn up my part in the mix?
Paul: How much weed do you have left?

(someone please add on to the story as I have too many directions...& then others can add on)

 I always thought it was a recorder and not a flute.   That's what I get for thinkin'.

Beautiful segue from El Condor Pasa to Duncan.  The more I learn of Paul Simon's amazing history,I realize he was on the cutting edge of of bringing traditional music to the pop music scene.
This isn't quite the version I recall, even thought it's the same artist and arrangement. Something different about his delivery, and the pace seems slower.  Anyone else notice this? 
Beautiful
My favorite Paul Simon song. Although The Boxer is hot on its heels. Anyone see that YouTube shot up in Canada where PS calls an audience member up on stage because she requested the song and said she learned to play guitar with that song? Really nice feels.
Flute Player: Paul smoke this.
Flute player: How do you feel?
Paul: I feel great
Flute Player: Can you turn up my part in the mix?
Paul: How much weed do you have left?

(someone please add on to the story as I have too many directions...& then others can add on)

Just saw him last night for his farewell tour at the Hollywood Bowl.  More surprising than a 58 year old guy seeing Paul Simon is that these were tickets given to my daughter for her 18th birthday because of her love of Simon & Garfunkel songs.  And when she didn't find any classmates interested in Simon, she asked me to go.  Good show. 

Simon is far more talented song writer than vocalist, but the band he had to play the Graceland and Rhythm.. songs as well as everything else from his 50+ year repertoire was simply amazing. 
I'm not always in the mood to hear Paul Simon.  Some days his songs and his voice make me hit the PSD button fast.

Today is a good day with a good mood and this song sounds very much to my liking.

lose the flute though.
I think Paul Simon is Phenomenal  : )   love this
Odd, I don't remember ever listening to this as a single track, only on the entire LP, and so I don't think I've ever really listened to it closely.  I hear shades of Scarborough Fair as well as similarities to Bob Dylan's songwriting (and I know, wouldn't it be nice if BD could sing like PS?) - so overall I've rated it an 8.  Long Live RP!!
One of my favorite Paul songs.