Saturday Classics – 29042023

Paul Simon – 50 ways to leave your lover

In a 1975 interview published in Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, Simon told the story of this song: “I woke up one morning in my apartment on Central Park and the opening words just popped into my mind: ‘The problem is all inside your head, she said to me…’ That was the first thing I thought of. So I just started building on that line. It was the last song I wrote for the album, and I wrote it with a Rhythm Ace, one of those electronic drum machines so maybe that’s how it got that sing-song ‘make a new plan Stan, don’t need to be coy Roy’ quality. It’s basically a nonsense song.”

According to Simon’s younger brother Eddie , Paul made this song up while teaching his son how to rhyme. Even though he didn’t take the lyrics too seriously, it’s an interesting song, particularly for those who feel trapped in bad relationships.( songfacts)

Here is the original and Miley Cyrus version. Both work for me…

Paul Simon may have sung that there were 50 ways to leave your lover, but he listed only five, which are:

1) Slip out the back, Jack
2) Make a new plan, Stan
3) You don’t need to be coy, Roy, just set yourself free
4) Hop on the bus, Gus
5) Drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free

Lepis is hosting Saturday Classics, you can add your own link here Saturday Classics

On Her page she writes: This blog is back with hosting the Classics after few years break. This time we’ll be playing on Saturdays and you can link straight here on this own page. Rules: There are no rules, as long as the song you play is a classic in your mind. Linking open 8 am and closes 12 pm.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Classics – 29042023

  1. Tämä on upea biisi ja alkuperäinen on tietenkin alkuperäinen, mutta kyllä mä tuosta Milesin versiostakin tykkään tosi paljon. Hän on taitava laulaja.

  2. En ole koskaan ollut mikään suuri Simon-fani, mutta tämä biisi on todella hyvä. Olen tykännyt siitä aina.
    Miley on kyllä huikea laulaja ja tekee coverista todella hyvän.

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