Paul Simon — Late In The Evening
Album: One Trick Pony
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Released: 1980
Length: 3:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
First thing I remember, I was lying in my bed
Couldn't have been no more than one or two
And I remember there was a radio
Coming from the room next door
And my mother laughed the way some ladies do
Well it's late in the evening
And the music's seeping through

The next thing I remember, I am walking down the street
I'm feeling all right, I'm with my boys, I'm with my troops, yeah
And down along the avenue some guys are shootin' pool
And I heard the sound of acapella grooves, yeah
Singin' late in the evening
And all the girls out on the stoops, yeah

Then I learned to play some lead guitar
I was underage in this funky bar
And I stepped outside and smoked myself a J
And when I come back to the room everybody just seemed to move
And I turned my amp up loud and I began to play
And it was late in the evening
And I blew that room away

The first thing I remember when you came into my life
I said, "I'm gonna get that girl no matter what I do"
Well I guess I've been in love before
Once or twice I've been on the floor
But I never loved no one the way that I love you
And it was late in the evening
And all the music seeping through.
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 Skydog wrote:

i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are

 

i'd say it's advanced judging from comments that almost all very well informed. you need some life experience to offer musical knowledge from decades of listening. 

RP listeners also strike me as very well educated.

it's about Quality. just ask robert persig.

RP IS Quality.
this one will be my walking around track for the rest of the day, maybe tomorrow too.{#Cool}
 jmkate wrote:
Not sure if its possible to sit still to this....
 
Excellent suggestion!  Moving quickly to PSD
Not sure if its possible to sit still to this....
A nice tune, especially in the context of the film, about being able to do only one thing - play music. Even as the B-52s and Devo begin to overshadow song craft. In the film he wonders what his place is in the world if he is just a One Trick Pony. Nice idea.
{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
Love love love this song.  I've got some serious chair dancing going on over here.
This song is great!  And so is the movie....while Paul might not be the best actor, I think he did a great job in "One Trick Pony" - in fact it's one of those lost gems from the 80s.  Several great musicians acted in it...including Steve Gadd who is an EXCELLENT drummer.  Lou Reed was in it too!  The song gets a 10 from me!
 Skydog wrote:

i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are

 
I am younger by a 7 years to the 62 stated in the quote above this.  If I were to hazard a guess I would put average in the mid to late 40's.
 PopKombo wrote:
Goofy or not ya got ta love the drumming, percussion and horn sections on this

 
{#Clap}
When Paul Simon writes a song, that song knows it was written by Paul Simon. A fine ass piece of art, that is.
 
 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, 

 
i wonder what the average age of RP listeners are
Really feeling it tonight.  8 >>> 9!
The song may be goofy, but its from the movie One Trick Pony and relates to the context of the movie.
George Harrison called those kinds of Beatles songs "Paul's fruity songs". I can see that. But I don't think of Paul Simon's songs that way at all. They just don't cross that line as that goofy. 50 Ways feels pretty dark to me. The others are fun, but not silly. It's a fine line.

I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 


Goofy or not ya got ta love the drumming, percussion and horn sections on this
Goofy song.

i love this song


 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 
but if music can convey feelings, then why not humour, drama, and comedy?
 dragon1952 wrote:
I'm 62, so I was around in the Simon and Garfunkel days, and I did like them a lot....but I just have never understood the Paul Simon worship since his solo days.....The songs are just goofy and inane.....I guess kind of like some of the Beatles songs....Me and Julio , 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Late in the Evening, bleh, bleh, bleh. I put them in the same class as Octopuses Garden and Rocky Racoon I guess......even though I love the Beatles.....but I just don't understand why anyone would purposely listen to those particular types of songs and dig them.

 
I rarely ever come on here and post anything critical - but boy, you sure summed up the way I feel about this PS song and the others you mentioned. 
 unclehud wrote:
Once upon a time in high school, probably around 1904, my friends and I decided there should be a musical category called "tennis shoe music." 

This song fits squarely in that category.

 
LOL!
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Tennis.  I describe a friend that cannot keep up when it comes to trekking through the bush as someone who spent the formative years playing tennis and drinking Martinis.