Simon & Garfunkel — America
Album: Bookends
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Released: 1968-03
Length: 3:21
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Mm
Mm

"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 pies
And walked off to look for America

"Kathy," I said, as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I've come to look for America"

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said, "Be careful, his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the Moon rose over an open field

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
"I'm empty and aching, and I don't know why"
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America
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 Proclivities wrote:

There's probably at least one Springsteen tune which does; maybe one of his lesser-known numbers.

 
Chuck Berry: You Can't Catch Me
 thewiseking wrote:
Quick, name a rock and roll anthem which also references the New Jersey Turnpike
 
There's probably at least one Springsteen tune which does; maybe one of his lesser-known numbers.
Quick, name a rock and roll anthem which also references the New Jersey Turnpike
Agree with Medoras, possibly their greatest album and this song a favourite.
Nice lyrics especially for that time period.  Few of us had the opportunity to Look for America so Simon/Garfunkel did it for us.
One of many brilliant songs from Bookends, which is quite possibly Simon & Garfunkel's best and most underrated album.
Also looking for America, at about the same time:
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02084/easyrider_2084785c.jpg
(It didn't end so well.)
where was he at after the four day hitch hike from Saginaw?
On the road...get on the road. With clear eyes and open mind and heart. 

We should all be so lucky.
Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one my raincoat.
We smoked the last one an hour ago!
So we bought some more cigarettes.
Then we smoked all those cigarettes,
And walked off to look for some cigarettes... 
 below72 wrote:
a song which could be in top ten to define a generation 

 
Agreed, and no doubt one of Paul's best compositions. 

Kind of makes me think....some generations were the 'greatest' and sacrificed to give their descendants a better life...and another generation felt lost & alone and went out to find themselves...and another expects everything to be handed to them for free.

....maybe not quite right but it seems that way sometimes... 
a song which could be in top ten to define a generation 
 mrtuba9 wrote:
'"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping...'  {#Yes}

 
This line and image was my inspiration to later write a song about a woman I sat next to on a bus.  Such inspirational music!
An effing masterpiece.  "And the moon rose over an open field..."  I saw it in my mind the first time I heard it.  That is the sign of a truly great song.
Feel the berning classic. Sweet. Don't write 'em like that anymore. 
My brother left this album at home after he went off to Vietnam and it sort of became my first album.  I can't even objectively rate this song so great was its and every other song on the album's influence on everything I heard after.  I'd like to think much of my musical taste can be traced back to this album, though I'm not sure how that accounts for all the shitty music I bought in the 70s.  
10 out of 10 :)
 
I love the Yes version, too, but I think the opposite case works better: the Yes version makes sense only as an arrangement of S&G's original. Like a jazz master bending a song to the edge of becoming unrecognizable, I think Yes was making a compliment to the original song by doing something other than a slavish cover. Both versions are beautiful, at least to me, but they're very different kinds of beauty. 

 
wpost wrote:
I'm sure I'd be able to appreciate this if I had never heard the superior version by Yes.

 


Good as it gets.