Song of the Day #1,219: ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ – Paul Simon

In 1975, Paul Simon released his fourth solo album, the sublime Still Crazy After All These Years.

The record won him his second of three Album of the Year Grammys (the first went to Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water). Accepting the award, Simon thanked Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album that year, as Wonder had won the award the previous two years (and would go on to win it again the following year).

Tracking those Album of the Year winners over the decades is a fascinating exercise… perhaps a future theme week is in order.

‘Still Crazy After All These Years,’ the song, which kicks off the album of the same name, is what I consider the quintessential Paul Simon song. I’d rank others higher in terms of pure quality, but this this song captures the essence of how I felt about Paul Simon growing up.

I’ve written about this before, in a blog entry for the great ‘Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy‘… how the music and lyrics of this song embodied for me the mysterious adult world. Just like the ticka-ticka of the clickers from the Jeopardy! home game my parents used to play with their friends, while we kids built haunted houses in our rooms. Grown-up sounds.

I met my old lover
On the street last night
She seemed so glad to see me
I just smiled
And we talked about some old times
And we drank ourselves some beers
Still crazy after all these years
Oh, still crazy after all these years

I’m not the kind of man
Who tends to socialize
I seem to lean on old familiar ways
And I ain’t no fool for love songs
That whisper in my ears
Still crazy after all these years
Oh, still crazy after all these years

Four in the morning
Crapped out
Longing my life away
I’ll never worry
Why should I?
It’s all gonna fade

Now I sit by my window
And I watch the cars
I fear I’ll do some damage
One fine day
But I would not be convicted
By a jury of my peers
Oh, still Crazy
Still Crazy
Still Crazy after all these years

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,219: ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ – Paul Simon

  1. Amy says:

    You write that as though you’re still on the other side 😉

    Hate to break the news to you, but you’re officially a “grown up.”

    What’s funny is that every kid probably has a very warped idea of what it means to be a grown up based on songs, tv shows, movies, and so on. Then, as you gradually become one, you forget that you had any notion at all of what it would be like. I think when I listened to this song as a kid, I probably completely misunderstood the chorus and thought that the singer was really acting crazy after all these years, instead of looking at his life through wistful eyes.

    I’d add the opening bars of the theme songs of The Rockford Files to your list of sounds that represented adulthood. Don’t know if I ever saw a single scene from that show, but boy did I love that music.

  2. Dana says:

    I’ve always associated this song and album with Billy Joel’s albums of the same era. I would later realize that Phil Ramone as producer (and use of some of the same studio musicians) was the common link.

    Such a wonderful song. Great chord changes, great bridge, great sax solo. It’s all good!

  3. pegclifton says:

    Yes, it’s all so good; I love this album and song. Enjoyed your thoughts about the “sounds” too.

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