Simon and Garfunkel - “The Only Living Boy in New York”
Simon refers to Garfunkel in the song as Tom, referring to their early days when they were called Tom and Jerry, and encourages him to “let your honesty shine…like it shines on me”. The background vocals feature both Garfunkel and Simon recorded together in an echo chamber, multi-tracked around eight times.
Paul Zollo: You described yourself when working on the Graceland album, sitting in a room and tossing a ball against a wall while working. What effect, if any, does that physical activity have on your mental activity?
Paul Simon: I think it’s very calming. It’s like a Zen exercise, really. It’s a very pleasant feeling if you like playing ball. The act of throwing a ball and catching a ball is so natural…and calming that your mind kind of wanders. And that’s really what you want to happen. You want your mind to wander, and to pick up words and phrases and fool around with them and drop them.
As soon as your mind knows that it’s on and it’s supposed to produce, either it doesn’t or it produces things that are very predictable. And that’s why I say I’m not interested in writing something that I thought about. I’m interested in discovering where my mind wants to go, or what object it wants to pick up.
What the hell, why not post another Elyse Weinberg song.
Although “Deed I Do” is a Bert Jansch cover, she is so incredibly keyed in to the lyrics, it just feels so heavy to close your eyes and listen to the words she is singing. It’s completely captivating and heartbreaking to hear the waiver in her voice from the mixture of joy and pain that is being conveyed here.
This version has pretty different chords and a slower tempo than the Bert Jansch and Donovan versions, and the lyrics she sings are only a pretty small portion of the original, so it’s interesting to see what she picked and chose. The simplicity and focus of Elyse version is pretty much perfect, even better than the original, I’d say. How often does that happen with a cover? Heavy stuff here, even if the song does rhyme “brain” and “insane” (what has now become one of the most trite rhyme pairs of all time).
Also, the similarities to Azita’s voice are pretty striking.
Also, the sitar sounds great here. I know it became a cliche of 70’s music, but damn.