Song of the Day #1,220: ‘My Little Town’ – Paul Simon

For one of the 70s’ touchstone albums, Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years is a rather low-key affair. It runs for just ten songs and under 40 minutes and every song has a similar laid-back vibe.

Even the album’s #1 hit, ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,’ drifts by on a silky, mellow groove. This is an album made for a lazy Sunday morning.

The next best-performing single was ‘My Little Town,’ notable for being the first Simon & Garfunkel recording since the duo’s break-up. Simon wrote it for Garfunkel and the two of them performed it on Saturday Night Live in advance of this album’s release.

It’s nice to hear the two men pairing up again after their acrimonious break-up. Garfunkel even released the song on his own solo album. It’s an interesting tune, told from Garfunkel’s point of view about a hometown that was restrictive and limiting.

It’s also the last time the men would ever sing lead vocals together on a released studio album. Note all the qualifiers in that sentence. I’ll get to the various ways they circled each other over the years to come.

In my little town
I grew up believing
God keeps His eye on us all
And He used to lean upon me
As I pledged allegiance to the wall
Lord I recall
My little town

Coming home after school
Flying my bike past the gates
Of the factories
My mom doing the laundry
Hanging our shirts
In the dirty breeze

And after it rains
There’s a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It’s not that the colors aren’t there
It’s just imagination they lack
Everything’s the same
Back in my little town

In my little town
I never meant nothin’
I was Just my father’s son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,220: ‘My Little Town’ – Paul Simon

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not familiar with this one, nor did I know of the reunion with Art on this album. Interesting stuff, and looking forward to hearing all the exceptions to the qualified sentence:)

  2. pegclifton says:

    Again, another wonderful song; I too am looking forward to hearing more.

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