Simon & Garfunkel: The Only Living Boy In New York Meaning
Song Released: 1970
The Only Living Boy In New York Lyrics
I know your part’ll go fine.
Fly down to mexico.
Da-n-da-da-n-da-n-da-da and here I am,
The only living boy in new york.
I get the news I need on the weather report.
I can gather all the news I need on the...
It's about the tension at the time between Simon & Garfunkel. Something about Art Garfunkel 'flying down to Mexico' to be in the film "Catch 22" interrupted the recording sessions for the Bridge over Troubled Water album. So Paul is by himself for a while to work on the record, and simply put, he's the "Only Living Boy in New York."
anonymous Dec 31st, 2012 12:13pm report
"Here I am" these lyrics touch my soul
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anonymous May 8th, 2009 5:21pm report
Its about how he feels that the entire city is just going through the motions and he feels that he is the only one to really just stop and smell the flowers so to speak. He is the only one that is truly LIVING.
anonymous May 23rd, 2007 5:24pm report
I think that once the writer's friend has left he feels lonely and is inspired to write this song about everyone going off and doing many things and not enjoying life. "I've got nothin' to do today but smile."
anonymous May 4th, 2007 5:08pm report
I feel that the song portrays a certain magnitude of loneliness in Paul's life where art is gone.
anonymous Feb 21st, 2006 2:42pm report
The song starts with "Tom get you plane..." refering to Art and S&G's early name Tom and Jerry.
anonymous Jan 10th, 2006 1:39am report
I think this song is about disconnection, and bemused innocence in the entire process of disconnection. The main speaker in this song has lost his friend, and now is left only with himself, mired in the truth and purity of an realized human being, that is content in the sad truths of this life "Half the time were gone and we don't know where and we don't know where". A very touching song.
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