Song of the Day #2,175: ‘Bookends Theme’ – Simon & Garfunkel

bookendsIt’s hard to pick a favorite among Simon & Garfunkel’s five albums — each has is own unique charm. But I could make a strong case for 1968’s Bookends, the duo’s fourth record.

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.

Time it was, and what a time it was
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

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,175: ‘Bookends Theme’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Dana says:

    Now THAT’S a song! (Right, Doug?)😄

  2. pegclifton says:

    and Doug says Right! 🙂 I just love this music, and it never grows old even though we do

  3. Amy says:

    So striking in its simplicity. A powerful slip of a song.

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