Song of the Day #4,475: ‘Why Don’t You Write Me’ – Simon & Garfunkel

One of the more disposable tracks from Simon & Garfunkel’s classic 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, ‘Why Don’t You Write Me’ falls on Side Two after the excellent trio of ‘The Boxer,’ ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘The Only Living Boy in New York.’

An early Paul Simon experiment with reggae that hinted at his future exploration of world music, this track has mistakenly been lumped in with ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ as a reference to Art Garfunkel leaving for Mexico to film Catch-22 during the beginning stages of the album.

Instead, according to one biography, the song was about a physical separation between Simon and his wife.

Olivia Newton-John recorded a version of this song on her sophomore album, Olivia.

[Verse 1]
Why don’t you write me
I’m out in the jungle
I’m hungry to hear you
Send me a card
I am waiting so hard
To be near you
(La, la, la)
Why don’t you write?

[Verse 2]
Something is wrong
And I know I got to be there
Maybe I’m lost
But I can’t make the cost
Of the airfare
Tell me why
Why
Why
Tell me why
Why
Why

[Verse 3]
Why don’t you write me
A letter would brighten
My loneliest evening
Mail it today
If it’s only to say
That you’re leaving me
(La, la, la)

[Outro]
Monday morning, sitting in the sun
Hoping and wishing for the mail to come
Tuesday, never got a word
Wednesday, Thursday, ain’t no sign
Drank a half a bottle of iodine
Friday, woe is me
I’m gonna hang my body from the highest tree
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?
Why don’t you write me?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,475: ‘Why Don’t You Write Me’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard this song before, but it certainly ain’t no Boxer or Only Living Boy!

  2. Peg says:

    I do remember this a little. Certainly not among their greatest but I do like the beat.

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