Paul Simon Is “Still Crazy After All These Years”

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Still Crazy After All These Years” is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the third and final single from his fifth studio album of the same name (1975), released on Columbia Records. Though the song briefly reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., it was a bigger hit on the magazine’s Easy Listening chart, where it peaked at number four.

In a 1990 interview with SongTalk magazine, Simon said: “In ‘Still Crazy After All These Years,’ that title phrase came to me first. And it didn’t come with melody, either. It just came as a line. And then I had to create a story.”


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This song opens with a Fender Rhodes electric piano played by Richard Tee, who used the phase shifter effect to create the sound. Billy Joel used the same setting on his Rhodes for “Just The Way You Are.”

According to the Paul Simon biography Homeward Bound, Simon got the idea for the title one day when he was standing in the shower, thinking about his station in life. He was in his 30s, a father, divorced, and contemplating his next move.

 

“Still Crazy After All These Years”

I met my old lover
On the street last night
She seemed so glad to see me
I just smiled
And we talked about some old times
And we drank ourselves some beers
Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy after all these yearsI’m not the kind of man
Who tends to socialize
I seem to lean on
Old familiar ways
And I ain’t no fool for love songs
That whisper in my ears
Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy after all these yearsFour in the morning
Crapped out
Yawning
Longing my life away
I’ll never worry
Why should I?
It’s all gonna fade

Now I sit by my window
And I watch the cars
I fear I’ll do some damage
One fine day
But I would not be convicted
By a jury of my peers
Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy
Still crazy
Still crazy after all these years

 

Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years (Source: Rolling Stone)

 

“Still Crazy After All These Years” is a reflective song dwelling on middle age. Many Baby Boomers could relate; Simon (as part of Simon & Garfunkel) grew up with the baby boomers (he was born in 1941) and could basically write about whatever was going on in his head and it would also be about what was on many minds within his generation as well. For another song known for showing Paul Simon’s humorous, even self-deprecatory side, see “You Can Call Me Al.”

 

“You Can Call Me Al”

A man walks down the street
He says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don’t find this stuff amusing anymoreIf you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me AlA man walks down the street
He says why am I short of attention
Got a short little span of attention
And wo my nights are so long
Where’s my wife and family
What if I die here
Who’ll be my role-model
Now that my role-model is
Gone Gone
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World
Maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
The sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! and Hallelujah!

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

 

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