Song of the Day #3,240: ‘Leaves That Are Green’ – Simon & Garfunkel vs. Rufus Wainwright

Earlier in the first round of Montauk Madness, I voted for Paul Simon over Elton John. Now Simon shows up again, paired with Art Garfunkel, to take on Rufus Wainwright.

Simon & Garfunkel were one of my first musical loves. I owned all of their albums on vinyl more than a decade after they broke up and was delighted by every poetic turn of phrase, every gorgeous harmony.

Wainwright is certainly a more recent discovery, but he inspired no less passion in me as a listener and fan. His first several albums burst with passion, attitude and musical ingenuity. If there’s a knock against him, it’s his detours into operettas and Shakespearean sonnets — rewarding for him, no doubt, but not so much for me.

This is a tough one, but given my earlier vote for Simon the solo act, it’s easier for me to set Simon & Garfunkel aside here and go with Wainwright.

[Verse 1]
I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song
I’m twenty-two now but I won’t be for long
Time hurries on

[Refrain]
And the leaves that are green turn to brown
And they wither with the wind
And they crumble in your hand

[Verse 2]
Once my heart was filled with love of a girl
I held her close but she faded in the night
Like a poem I meant to write

[Refrain]
And the leaves that are green turn to brown
And they wither with the wind
And they crumble in your hand

[Verse 3]
I threw a pebble in a brook
And watched the ripples run away
And they never made a sound

[Refrain]
And the leaves that are green turn to brown
And they wither with the wind
And they crumble in your hand

[Verse 4]
Hello, hello, hello, hello
Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye, good-bye
That’s all there is

[Refrain]
And the leaves that are green turn to brown

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,240: ‘Leaves That Are Green’ – Simon & Garfunkel vs. Rufus Wainwright

  1. Amy says:

    Same logic, different outcome…. I voted for Elton over Paul, which was a difficult choice. Today, with ease, I repent. 🙂

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Though I am a fan of some of Rufus Wainwright’s work and one of my greatest joys was discovering the “Careless Whisper” cover Ben Folds does with him, I had to go Simon and Garfunkel on this one. I too voted for Simon over Elton John in their pairing. However I think that Simon and Garfunkel’s folk singer songwriter style differs greatly than Paul Simon’s adventures into World Music which he is pretty much the master of. Both as a group and as a solo artist Paul Simon will continue on.

  3. Dana says:

    Easy call for me….S&G. I like some of what I’ve heard from Rufus and he is undoubtedly talented, but a little of him and his voice goes a long way.

  4. Peg says:

    Easy for me as well. Love their music

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