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Simon & Garfunkel: A Hazy Shade Of Winter Meaning


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Song Released: 1966

Covered By: Bangles, The (1987)

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Time, time, time
See what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside’s


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    Nov 27th, 2016 11:00pm report

    reminds me off a maybe homeless person "cup in hand" that had better times and dreams of better times.


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    Dec 27th, 2015 12:33am report

    This song means nothing. It was merely recorded in order to sell copies and money off of those who purchase it.

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    Jul 31st, 2015 7:23pm report

    Yes it's a view from the writer of observing time marching on around him,(note Sally Ann marching band) how life passes us by, especially when we feel we're on the inside looking out. Simon is ambitious but coupled with artistic side, he feels different than most people. He realizes being a musician/writer is a fringe of society endeavor of life, and thus opportunities are limited. This song reminds me of a couple of other songs of Simons: The Boxer, and The only blue eyed boy in New York. "I come looking for a job but I get no offers-just a come on from the whores on 7th Ave." He confesses "I do declare there was times I was so lonesome I took some comfort there" Lonely and feeling different in the big city. He also describes the cold NY winters. But like a boxer, fighter, has kinda pidgeon holed himself into a difficult career, plus the big cold city still provides any chance of survival or ultimately acclaim and success. Despite hardships and losses and sacrifices, he still feels compelled to stay and carry on. I.e. Boxer, "I am leaving I am leaving but the fighter still remains" Then again this hazy shade of winter song could be a commentary on the fallout from a nuclear war, nuclear winter, when things are really difficult to survive with the detrimental effects on environment and radioactivity leading to cancer etc. Though these nuclear age songs were a more prevalent theme from the 80s(I ran, Flock of Seagulls, and songs by The Fixx) up to more recent Radioactive Imagine Dragons, still the indelible imprint of 1945 Japan, and pictures of mushroom clouds and stories of their effects, would be still fresh to the likes of a young Simon in 1966. You'd think we learned, but look at even current Iran nuclear ambitions, are seemingly being encouraged by the U.S. Perhaps this is all being orchestrated by The Most High God, to renovate and judge the earth. Should we expect to get off Scott free, for killing 56 million babies?(pass their children through the fire,( i.e. Saline solution) And even supporting and funding Planned Parenthood for harvesting and selling body parts! and we still and should cry Lord have mercy on us. 7/31/2015 Duncan R.M. Decapolis(see Mark 5)


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    Jan 7th, 2014 1:37am report

    The song is actually not just one of lament of the passing of time and the lost opportunities. It is a request for realism in that we are asked to look to "pretend" in order to build our hopes again. This is almost a call to look beyond all that is perfect and to accept reality and see how we can build it into our own new dream. The "springtime of my life" can be any time that we accept the chance to start anew and rebuild, on pretense or not.


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    Nov 12th, 2011 11:33pm report

    Seems to be about how Paul Simon is suffering on how he was looking for something or someone perfect, but never found it. And now time is running out.
    Spring, winter "leaves are brown" (fall), seasons are being used as a metaphor for the cycle of life

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