Song of the Day #1,205: ‘Mother and Chlid Reunion’ – Paul Simon

Two years after Simon & Garfunkel split up, Paul Simon dipped his toes back into record-making with the release of his second solo record (he had recorded the little-heard, acoustic Paul Simon Songbook during the first S&G hiatus).

This self-titled record signaled a departure from the folk rock Simon had recorded with Garfunkel. He introduced reggae and latin influences to some songs and a more contemporary sheen that places this album squarely on the other side of 1970.

Paul Simon kicks off with ‘Mother and Child Reunion,’ a minor hit and one of the finest examples of a white man taking a stab at reggae that you’re likely to hear.

The song was inspired by the death of Simon’s dog, an incident he says got him thinking about how suddenly and unexpectedly we can lose those we love.

The title, amusingly, comes from a dish Simon saw on a Chinese menu: chicken and eggs… a mother and child reunion.

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine

I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine

I just can’t believe It’s so
Though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

But I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
When the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away

Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a moment away

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,205: ‘Mother and Chlid Reunion’ – Paul Simon

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve never been that crazy about this song. Maybe it’s the backup vocals. Not really sure, but it never worked for me.

    The only other song I really know from this album is the far better “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” If I’m a betting man, I suspect that may be tomorrow’s SOTD:)

  2. Clay says:

    It would have been, but I’ve already featured it on the blog.

  3. pegclifton says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard the song, and it’s ok to listen to. I just love the video though.

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