Song of the Day #236: ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ – Simon & Garfunkel

sandgKeeping things light around here, man.

Paul Simon has always said he hates playing this song and hopes he isn’t remembered for writing it. But I can think of far worse things to be remembered for.

Certainly his contribution to popular music, both lyrically and musically, is far deeper and more meaningful than this little ditty (or bauble, as my father would say). But is there really anything wrong with writing a song that puts an instant smile on people’s faces?

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the moment last
Just kickin’ down the cobblestones
Lookin’ for fun and
Feelin’ groovy

Hello lampost
Whatcha knowin?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’tcha got no rhymes for me?
Doo Bee Doo Doo,
Feelin’ groovy

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

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #236: ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Amy says:

    I never knew that Paul Simon felt that way about this song, and I think less of him now that I do. Not only does this song capable of putting an instant smile on the listener’s face but it also plays so beautifully with figurative language. It’s a ditty/bauble, but one that demonstrates the talent of its writer. And “I’m dappled and drowsy” may be the most effective use of alliteration ever 🙂 What great words. Lighten up, Simon. Don’t be such a jerk — or I’ll choose not to remember you at all ;-P

  2. Dana says:

    Well. look, go easy on Simon. While I like the song well enough, it certainly isn’t a very complex musical composition, and I suspect that, more than anything, he eschews it because of how dated the lyrics are.

    And, of course, he is far from the only artist who dislikes playing certain songs. Billy Joel stopped playing Just the Way You Are for years because he felt the lyrics were hypocritical given hs failed marraige and he just got tired of the song — and THAT song is far more musically interesting than Feeling Groovy. I doubt McCartney would want to be remembered for Love Me Do and I don’t hear him putting that on his concert set list.

    So, take it easy on the brother if he no longer wants to play Feelin Groovy for the Man!

  3. pegclifton says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this song; and one of my favorite Billy Joel songs is Just the Way you are. This is an enjoyable week of music!

  4. Amy says:

    Which is exactly why I wish these artists would keep their mouths shut if they are no longer fond of songs their fans continue to admire. It’s just bad form.

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