Song of the Day #2,170: ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ – Paul Simon

paul_simon_1My desert island countdown continues (see yesterday’s post for the full explanation).

Desert Island Musical Artists – #4 – Paul Simon

Not only do I get Paul Simon’s stellar solo discography (including the unparalleled one-two punch of Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints), I bring with me a quintet of Simon & Garfunkel albums I adore.

Desert Island TV Series – #4 – Mad Men

Matt Weiner’s Mad Men is one of the greatest accomplishments of the greatest period for television. Documenting the nation’s coming of age during the tumultuous 1960’s through the prism of an ad agency, the show has delivered laughs, tears, shocks and well-earned moments of transcendence.

Besides, if I didn’t name Mad Men as one of my top five, I would miss out on its final eight episodes, and that ain’t happening.

Desert Island Movie Directors – #4 – Alfred Hitchcock

I took a little detour here and went with a director I’d like to explore further. Hitchcock directed more than 50 films and I’ve seen only a handful of them. Among those are such masterpieces as Rear Window, Vertigo and North By Northwest, guaranteed to entertain. But more exciting are the dozens of others that I will have the chance to discover on my island.

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

I know a man
He came from my hometown
He wore his passion for his woman
Like a thorny crown
He said, “Delores, I live in fear
My love for you’s so overpowering
I’m afraid that I will disappear”

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

And, I know a woman
Became a wife
These are the very words she uses to describe her life
She said, “A good day
Ain’t got no rain”
She said, “A bad day’s when I lie in bed
And think of things that might have been”

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

And I know a father
Who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons
For the things he’d done
He came a long way
Just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and headed home again

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

God only knows
God makes his plan
The information’s unavailable
To the mortal man
We’re working our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we’re gliding down the highway
When in fact we’re slip slidin’ away

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,170: ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ – Paul Simon

  1. Dana says:

    No argument regarding Paul Simon. And I suppose if I were stuck on that island with you, I would be willing to give Mad Men a shot along with the Hitchcock films.

    I do think, however, one of the driving factors for the desert island list should be the desire to repeatedly hear or see your selections. With that in mind, is Mad Men really the type of show you would want to re-watch again, let alone multiple times?

    And what if the lesser known Hitchcock films aren’t that great? Sure, you will have the short term experience of seeing everything the man directed, but how many Hitchcock films will you want to watch more than once or even a few times?

    You may regret these tv and movie selections in the lonely years to come on that island.

  2. Clay says:

    I’m confident in the rewatchability of Hitchcock’s films based on the ones I’ve seen. And from a pure filmmaking standpoint, his technique is worth studying even if I don’t love every one of those 50 films.

    And yes, I would definitely want to rewatch Mad Men. It’s not a downer; it has plenty of humor.

  3. pegclifton says:

    Interesting choices; I think Hitchcock’s films would be fascinating to watch, and I’m a huge fan of Mad Men and I’m sure there is always something you may not have caught the first time around; and of course Paul Simon I would never tire of listening to.

  4. Amy says:

    Paul Simon makes my list, as well. I’m intrigued by your premise that with so much free time on your hands it might be a good time to check out a series or director you think you might like. Maybe I’ll finally get around to The Wire 😉 While I appreciate that Hitchcock’s horror is the more subtle variety, I’m still not sure I would want to watch Janet Leigh offed in the shower more than once. It will probably be pretty creepy on the island already without worrying about a “Psycho” around every corner. 🙂 Mad Men, on the other hand, might be the perfect series to discover on the island. There is something wonderful about discovering something for the first time. The one good thing about being sick this week is that I’ve been binge watching Parenthood. Great show. I think those first days on the island would be much easier with such a delightful discovery in store.

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