Simon and Garfunkel

I hadn't heard their name till third year, and I hadn't heard more than one song of theirs till Final semester, but thanks to Srinivas, there are some of their best songs on my playlist now and they are good, to say the least!
There aren't many slow songs in English that I really like, but somehow, all their songs seem to have something very different about them. Be it the quite contentment of leaves that are green or the soft, lively tone of the sound of silence or the compassion of Mrs. Robinson, they always seem to touch some hidden chord in the brain too crammed with the tunes of an electric guitar or the drums. Their tunes are different, yet there's something that binds them all together to form an extraordinary collection of soul stirring lyrics and tunes.

Another thing about them is that I find their tunes pretty similiar to another bengali band I liked a lot, Mohiner Ghoraguli. Somewhere they match a lot when it comes to the thoughts they portray.
However the song I liked best was the first I heard, thanks to Ramya, called I am a Rock.
Check it out,

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.


Phil said...

Excellent song. I don't own any Simon and Garfunkel albums, but I downloaded that one song because I heard someone mention it. For the same reason I really like a lot of Linkin Park songs.

Shankey said...

I was brought up on Simon And Garfunkel. I remember sitting in the car, hiding from mum when i was spozed to be studying, and listening to their albums. I liked it then, and I like it still. Their songs have a timeless appeal. My favs is 'Bye Bye Love' and 'The only living boy in New York'.

Ojas said...

There aren't many slow songs in English that I really like
Start listening to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Beatles, Tull, The Eagles and Country music as well. A whole new world you’ll discover :)

My favs would be America, I’m a rock, Bridge over troubled waters, Sound of Silence. SnG rule.