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Song of the Day #3,311: ‘Tim McGraw’ – Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel

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Closing out the week with the fifth Round Three matchup in Montauk Madness, we have the odd pairing of Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel.

Swift defeated a couple of celebrated veterans to get here, dropping David Byrne with 88% of the vote in Round One and Tom Petty with 72% in Round Two. Simon & Garfunkel defeated Rufus Wainwright with 80% in Round One and Prince with 64% in Round Two. That’s an impressive batch of artists left in the wake of these two contenders.

Both acts have released five studio albums, though 40 years apart. Swift, of course, is just getting started while Simon & Garfunkel broke up in 1970 with Simon moving on to an amazing solo career.

Simon makes two appearances in Round Three, both here and in a solo matchup against Lucinda Williams. Given his likelihood of winning that matchup, it’s tempting to go with Swift here just for the sake of variety.

I can’t bring myself to do that, though. While I like Swift quite a bit, she doesn’t measure up to the best work of S&G. ‘Sounds of Silence,’ ‘The Boxer,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ ‘The Only Living Boy in New York,’ ‘America,’ ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘April Come She Will’ … I can’t relegate those songs to the Montauk Madness dustbin just yet.

Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel: Who Should Advance?

[Verse 1]
He said the way my blue eyes shined
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said “That’s a lie”

Just a boy in a Chevy truck
That had a tendency of gettin’ stuck
On backroads at night

And I was right there beside him all summer long
And then the time we woke up to find that summer gone

But when you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake

[Chorus]
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

[Verse 2]
September saw a month of tears
And thankin’ God that you weren’t here
To see me like that

But in a box beneath my bed
Is a letter that you never read
From three summers back

It’s hard not to find it all a little bitter sweet
And lookin’ back on all of that, it’s nice to believe

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake

[Chorus]
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

[Verse 3]
And I’m back for the first time since then
I’m standin’ on your street
And there’s a letter left on your doorstep
And the first thing that you’ll read is:

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
Someday you’ll turn your radio on
I hope it takes you back to that place

[Chorus]
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

Oh, think of me
Mmmm

[Outro]
He said the way my blue eyes shine
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said: “That’s a lie”

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