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Kathy's Song
Eva Cassidy Lyrics


I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls

My mind's distracted and confused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
Kiss you when you start the day

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There before the grace of you go I

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Paul Simon

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John Cameron

Paul Simon met Kathleen Mary “Kathy” Chitty at the very first English folk club in which he played, the Railway Inn Folk Club in Brentwood, Essex, on 12th April, 1964. Kathy who worked there was then 17, Paul was 22, and it appears to have been love at first sight.

A few weeks later Simon wrote "Homeward Bound" as he sat on Widnes Railway Station waiting for the train that would take him back to her. There's a plaque at the station recalling this event. Later that year he invited her to the US where they toured around mainly by bus.

Kathy returned to England on her own with Simon returning to her some weeks later. During this separation he wrote "America", clearly a love song to Kathy:

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
"I'm empty and aching and I don't know why"

During their separation he also wrote the immortal "Kathy’s Song", one of the most beautiful love songs ever written:

I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies.
My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day.

When he returned to London he recorded the album "The Paul Simon Songbook" that included Kathy’s Song, and had a photo of Simon and Kathy on the cover.

In the meantime, "The Sound of Silence" started to receive major air-play in America eventually becoming No 1 in the US charts in 1965. Simon felt the need to return to the US to continue his career but this meant splitting up with Kathy because she wanted no part of the crazy US music scene.

Kathy later married and brought up three children in a remote mountain village in North Wales where she still lives - she is now a grandmother. Now well into his 70s, Simon recalls their months together with great tenderness and says it was "by far the most peaceful time of my life".

In fact he didn't hear from her for over 20 years but after the success of "Graceland" she wrote to congratulate him. When, in 1991, Simon toured the UK, Kathy and her family attended his show in Sheffield. They met again in July 2004 after his "Old Friends Reunion Tour" stop at Hyde Park in London (where her three children now live).



Laurylie Norman

I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm, continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls

And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies

My mind's distracted and confused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day

And a song I was writing is left undone
I don't know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can't believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme

And so you see I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone without beliefs
The only truth I know is you

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I



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FZ88

Eva is and always will be extraordinarily special, but rarely is she praised for her astonishingly soulful artistry with her guitar.

Bryan Rendleman

@Christopher Conlogue Yes I agree. I just never heard him play smooth jazz styles.

Christopher Conlogue

@Bryan Rendleman Danny could play anything.

Bryan Rendleman

@Vaso Howard Yes it would have been interesting to hear from her and know a little about what it was that gave her the extraordinary ability to hear how a song should be arranged and performed.

Bryan Rendleman

@Christopher Conlogue Very intresting since Danny's style of driving rock n roll and rockabilly is so different from hers.

Christopher Conlogue

@Bryan Rendleman Yeah, Danny used to play for her. Just her on vocals and Danny on guitar. There’s a recording somewhere. Sounds like there were 10 people there.

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John Cameron

Paul Simon met Kathleen Mary “Kathy” Chitty at the very first English folk club in which he played, the Railway Inn Folk Club in Brentwood, Essex, on 12th April, 1964. Kathy who worked there was then 17, Paul was 22, and it appears to have been love at first sight.

A few weeks later Simon wrote "Homeward Bound" as he sat on Widnes Railway Station waiting for the train that would take him back to her. There's a plaque at the station recalling this event. Later that year he invited her to the US where they toured around mainly by bus.

Kathy returned to England on her own with Simon returning to her some weeks later. During this separation he wrote "America", clearly a love song to Kathy:

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
"I'm empty and aching and I don't know why"

During their separation he also wrote the immortal "Kathy’s Song", one of the most beautiful love songs ever written:

I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies.
My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day.

When he returned to London he recorded the album "The Paul Simon Songbook" that included Kathy’s Song, and had a photo of Simon and Kathy on the cover.

In the meantime, "The Sound of Silence" started to receive major air-play in America eventually becoming No 1 in the US charts in 1965. Simon felt the need to return to the US to continue his career but this meant splitting up with Kathy because she wanted no part of the crazy US music scene.

Kathy later married and brought up three children in a remote mountain village in North Wales where she still lives - she is now a grandmother. Now well into his 70s, Simon recalls their months together with great tenderness and says it was "by far the most peaceful time of my life".

In fact he didn't hear from her for over 20 years but after the success of "Graceland" she wrote to congratulate him. When, in 1991, Simon toured the UK, Kathy and her family attended his show in Sheffield. They met again in July 2004 after his "Old Friends Reunion Tour" stop at Hyde Park in London (where her three children now live).

Dan Bujor

Feb. 24, 2003: Chris in the UK writes, ‘Paul Simon is being interviewed right now on WFUV New York. He’s just said , when asked for favourite covers of his songs, that he “really liked Eva Cassidy’s version of Kathy’s Song.” Has he heard Bridge over Troubled Water?’ Chris, I don’t know if he has heard “Bridge,” but from what I was told, it was Paul Simon himself who suggested Eva’s version of “Kathy’s Song” for the soundtrack to the movie “Maid in Manhattan,” instead of his own. Now THAT’S a fan! https://evacassidy.org/celebrity-eva-fans/

Zara B

Thankyou x

c mccarthy

So she didn't die of melanoma in 1996, then?

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