Song of the Day #1,184: ‘Homeward Bound’ – Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel’s third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, was recorded and released in 1966, the same year that Sounds of Silence introduced their sound to a large audience.

The new album, their third, was even more successful than its predecessor, achieving triple platinum status and sending three singles up the charts.

One was the duo’s rendition of the classic folk tune ‘Scarborough Fair,’ blended with a counter melody inspired by Simon’s solo track ‘The Side of a Hill.’

Another was today’s track, ‘Homeward Bound,’ written by Simon during his time in London. It was written for the Kathy of ‘Kathy’s Song,’ whom he left behind while touring the English club circuit. The track had a double meaning, alluding as well to his longing to return to America.

I’m sitting in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one-night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one-man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was homeward bound
Home where my thoughts escaping
Home where my music’s playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Every day’s an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see reminds me
That I long to be

Homeward bound
I wish I was homeward bound
Home where my thoughts escaping
Home where my music’s playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Tonight I’ll sing my songs again
I’ll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony
I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound
I wish I was homeward bound
Home where my thoughts escaping
Home where my music’s playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Silently for me

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,184: ‘Homeward Bound’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Dana says:

    I remember singing this song with Mark in college, along with other S&G classics. Such great harmonies. Such a great song.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Just now catching up with the blog from our trip south. I love this song, and it brings back many memories.

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