Song of the Day #2,815: ‘Baby Driver’ – Simon & Garfunkel

bridgeoverMy fourth favorite album from 1970 is the final record by Simon & garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water. I’ve already featured five of this album’s 11 songs on the blog so clearly it hits a nerve.

This record was a smash hit for the duo. In fact, for the decade before the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller in 1982, this was the best-selling album of all time. But Simon and Garfunkel has already decided to part ways. The front cover, with Simon partially obscuring Garfunkel’s face, was perhaps unintentionally symbolic of the dynamic between them.

Bridge Over Troubled Water features some of my favorite songs ever, including the title track, ‘The Boxer,’ and ‘The Only Living Boy in New York.’

My daddy was the family bassman
My mamma was an engineer
And I was born one dark gray morn
With music coming in my ears
In my ears

They call me Baby Driver
And once upon a pair of wheels
Hit the road and I’m gone ah
What’s my number
I wonder how your engine feels
Ba ba ba ba
Scoot down the road
What’s my number
I wonder how your engines feel

My daddy was a prominent frogman
My mama’s in the Naval reserve
When I was young I carried a gun
But I never got the chance to serve
I did not serve

They call me Baby Driver…

My daddy got a big promotion
My mamma got a raise in pay
There’s no-one home, we’re all alone
Oh come into my room and play
Yes we can play

I’m not talking about your pigtails
But I’m talking ’bout your sex appeal
Hit the road and I’m gone ah
What’s my number
I wonder how your engine
Ba ba ba ba
Scoot down the road
What’s my number
I wonder how your engine feels

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,815: ‘Baby Driver’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Dana says:

    Great album. This song sounds a bit influenced by the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Decent enough, but doesn’t hold a candle to the other classics from this record.

  2. Peg says:

    Such a great album, and I agree this is a mediocre song compared to the other greats on the album.

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