Song Lyric Sunday — Feelin’ Groovy

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adam has given us the words Cool, Groovy, Hip, Nifty, Radical, and Swell to use as the theme. I decided to go with “groovy” because it reminds me of a girl I was dating way back when. Her name was Rita (and no, she wasn’t a meter maid, but she was lovely). One of Rita’s favorite words was “groovy.” To her, everything was groovy. Even me. She would tell me that I was “the grooviest” guy she ever dated.

My song choice, then, is Simon & Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”

Written by Paul Simon, the song appeared on the duo’s 1966 album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Despite being one of Simon & Garfunkel’s best-known songs, it was never a hit for them. However, Harpers Bizarre covered the song in 1967, and their record rose to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the musical group’s best-selling hit.

The 59th Street bridge (officially the Queensboro Bridge), goes over the East River in New York City, connecting Queens to Manhattan. The Queensboro Bridge is notoriously noisy and mechanical. You walk on metal graters that vibrate as the traffic zooms by, creating a dangerous, and what some have described as an exciting, sensation. This could be the background for “Slow down, you move too fast….” New York has a very hectic pace. In this song, Paul Simon reminds us to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life, like cobblestones and flowers.

This was one of the first uses of the word “Groovy” in a popular song. It gave the songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine inspiration for the first “Groovy” hit: “A Groovy Kind Of Love.”

Here are the lyrics to “Feelin’ Groovy.”

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy

Hello lamppost, what’cha knowing
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy

I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy

Day 30 — Man in the Mirror

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge, the very last one in this series, we are asked for “a song that reminds you of yourself.”

Actually, two songs came to mind. One is Paul Simon’s “I Am a Rock,” and the other is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

In the case of Paul Simon’s song, I have always been a kind of aloof, distant person who protects myself from hurt and pain by building walls around me. Perhaps that explains why I blog anonymously. But as in the Michael Jackson song, I have, over the years, taken a good, hard look at myself in the mirror and discovered that I am capable of changing and have changed. I can tear down that protective wall and take the risk of hurt and disappointed for the sake of being more open to and with the people who are most important to me. But, that said, I’m not going to stop blogging anonymously.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to share both songs.

Song Lyric Sunday — I Will Comfort You

When I saw that today’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday was the word “comfort,” it was a no brainer. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was it.

“Bridge over Troubled Water” is the title track on Simon & Garfunkel’s fifth (and final) studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, which was released in 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on piano and carries the influence of gospel music.

The song became Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest hit single, and it is often considered to be their signature song. It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. It won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Now I’m not really an emotional guy. I’m generally very stoic, somewhat detached, and mostly unflappable. But the first time I heard that song, listening to the lyrics and the way the music built up to an amazing crescendo, something unusual happened. Instead of maintaining my normally cool as a cucumber demeanor, my eyes were starting to tear up and then overflow until the tears streamed down my cheeks.

When the song ended, I was crying like a little girl. Never before had a song had such a strong emotional impact upon me. I was totally blown away. Of course, I was more than a little stoned at the time, and that may have intensified my response to the song.

Here are the lyrics:

When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind