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Simon & Garfunkel: America Meaning

Song Released: 1972


America Lyrics

America - 1968

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag”
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And walked off to look for America

“Kathy,” I said, as we boarded a...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 9th, 2012 8:12pm report


    I agree with the people who say the narrator and his girlfriend are not connecting or have a superfical relationship ("Let us be lovers/We'll marry our fortunes together"), but I also think that we have something in common. They are both lost ("Kathy I'm lost and I don't know why"), I think he doesn't understand why he is not satisfied with his life, so he's gone off to look from America, America symbolizing happiness or fulfillness. All the people at the New Jersey turnpike that are "looking for America" are just trying to find what makes them happy in life, looking for everything America has to offer.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 12th, 2011 2:52am report


    Even American hippys[people daring to question] are endoctrinated to pursue the "American Dream", loving relationship,dowrys]pursuing spoils[material posessions] of our domain[where-ever that is].
    Paralleling the "Pursuit" are all the injustices & less fortunate.
    Consequently we live illusioned.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 3rd, 2007 3:55am report


    This song also shows a great deal of how the late 60s generation was paranoid about their surroundings and especially the government.
    'She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
    I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera" '
    That line alone shows the distrust in strangers, and the rest of the song is filled with a pessimistic view of what America really was/is.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2006 8:35pm report


    I agree generally with the above interpretation, but I also think that the reason for the travelling of the young couple is that they want to get out of where they live and see america together, rather than it being a "play act". But the journey turns out not to be as exciting as they thought it would be, and the mundane things from their homelife (such as not having any cigarettes left) still exist even though they're travelling all over the country, and the couple become disillousioned



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    JonahFalcon
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    May 19th, 2006 5:39am report


    Another song by Simon & Garfunkel about lack of communication, this is about the protagonist and his girlfriend Kathy riding on a Greyhound bus travelling through the Midwest. But while they have fun, playing games and relating superficial problems (like running out of cigarettes), they're still not connecting on a deeper level -- the only time the protagonist relates something heartfelt and close to his soul ("Kathy, I'm lost. I'm empty and aching and I don't know why"), he can only do it while she's sleeping and unable to hear him. Even their reason for travelling is superficial, a play act ("Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together") -- there's no depth to their relationship. The song compares the two to the thousands of other couples travelling on the road.




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