Song of the Day #2,216: ‘Allergies’ – Paul Simon

hearts_and_bonesToday’s Random Weekend selection is the opening track from Paul Simon’s 1983 album Hearts and Bones. This was Simon’s first record in eight years following the release of Still Crazy After All These Years.

Fans who had been waiting with bated breath for new music from Simon must have been scratching their heads when the first song they heard was this bizarre track. Could a lyrical genius like Simon really be singing lines like “Where do allergies go when it’s after a show and they want to get something to eat?”

Of course, the rest of the album pays off, with beautiful songs like ‘Train in the Distance,’ ‘Think Too Much’ and the title track. The less said about ‘Cars Are Cars,’ the better.

And in another three years, he delivered Graceland, absolving him of all musical sins.

Maladies
Melodies
Allergies to dust and grain
Maladies
Remedies
Still these allergies remain

My hands can’t touch a guitar string
My fingers just burn and ache
My had intercedes with my bodily needs
And my body won’t give it a break
My heart can stand a disaster
My heart can take a disgrace
But my heart is allergic
To the women I love
And it’s changing the shape of my face

Allergies
Allergies
Something’s living on my skin
Doctor, please
Doctor, please
Open up, it’s me again

I go to a famous physician
I sleep in the local hotel
From what I can see of the people like me
We get better
But we never get well
So I ask myself this question
It’s a question I often repeat
Where do allergies go
When it’s after a show
And they want to get something to eat?

Allergies
Allergies
Something’s living on my skin
Doctor, please
Doctor, please
Open up, it’s me again
Maladies
Melodies
Allergies to dust and grain
Maladies
Remedies
Still these allergies remain
(I can’t breathe)

Allergies
Allergies
Something’s living on my skin
Doctor, please
Doctor, please

Open up, it’s me again

Allergies
Allergies
Allergies

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,216: ‘Allergies’ – Paul Simon

  1. Dana says:

    While not nearly as awful as the song on this album that shall not be named (at least by me), this is, in my opinion, the second weakest track on this album.

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