Bookends is half a concept record, with Side One tracing a life from birth to death. Side Two is made up of odds and ends left over from the Graduate soundtrack, including ‘Mrs. Robinson’ and ‘Hazy Shade of Winter.’
Today’s track closes side one. It is, fittingly, a bookend to an even shorter piece that starts the album.
Such a beautiful message to match the beautiful melody. “Preserve your memories… they’re all that’s left you.” How impressive that Simon wrote with such sensitivity and wisdom at just 25 years old.
It was a time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago, it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you