Song of the Day #3,276: ‘For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her’ – Simon & Garfunkel vs. Prince

This might be the most incongruous matchup of Montauk Madness’ second round — the gentle acoustic folk rock of Simon & Garfunkel against the hyper-sexual experimental funk of Prince.

Simon & Garfunkel made it here by eliminating Rufus Wainwright rather easily, with 80% of the vote. Prince had an even simpler path, picking up 91% against Squeeze. I imagine they’ll both have a harder time in this round, though I don’t have a ready prediction as to who will win.

My own vote goes to Simon & Garfunkel, who released more iconic masterpieces over the course of five albums than Prince did over nearly 40.

[Verse 1]
What a dream I had
Pressed in organdy
Clothed in crinoline
Of smoky burgundy
Softer than the rain

[Verse 2]
I wandered empty streets
Down past the shop displays
I heard cathedral bells
Dripping down the alleyways
As I walked on

[Verse 3]
And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night
We walked on frosted fields
Of juniper and lamplight
I held your hand

[Verse 4]
And when I awoke
And felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair
With my grateful tears
Oh, I love you, girl
Oh, I love you

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,276: ‘For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her’ – Simon & Garfunkel vs. Prince

  1. Dana says:

    This is where your decision to separate Paul Simon from Simon & Garfunkel makes a big difference. Had this matchup been Simon for the entirety of his work including with S&G (where he was clearly the dominant if not exclusive songwriter), I would have voted for Simon over Prince without question. However, excluding Simon’s solo work here leads me to give the nod to Prince rather easily.

  2. Peg says:

    Simon and Garfunkel for me 😊

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I think one of the true testaments to an artist work is if it is nearly impossible to emulate them. Prince had such swagger such style, and an immense amount of talent. He wasn’t just a singer, he was a force. Anybody can do a half decent cover of “April Come She Will” (which is a gorgeous song don’t get me wrong) and still have an audience enjoying, but if you mess up a Prince song there is hell to pay. It’s because it’s impossible to try and copy Prince. Bruno Mars did it best with his “Let’s go Crazy” cover but for the most part Prince has such a spirit and he’s almost a freak of nature.

    He’s able to be traditionally feminine yet extremely virile at the same time. Sing the highest falsetto notes and be sexy to all. Be humble although he is probably the best guitarist there is (and he’s pretty amazing. At every other instrument too). Though I’m not sure yet if he’s the best artist ever there has and never will be another artist like him. Prince all the way.

  4. Doug says:

    Simon and garfunkel, hands down.

  5. Amy says:

    For both the reasons Dana and Daniel eloquently state above, my vote goes to Prince.

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