America
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics


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's pies
And we walked off to look for America
Cathy, 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 gone 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

Cathy, I'm lost, I said though I knew she was sleeping
And 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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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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“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’s 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 gone 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 bow tie 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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As a European this song reminds me the emotions of my youth back in the late '70s when we used to cross the continent with train, hitch-hiking and sometimes by car.
It reminds me the frontiers, sometimes not easy to cross, and the different people. Different but very curious to meet and know each others.
I remember the ride that the truckers gave us to reach Amsterdam. Since the documents were checked at the borders, we were always dropped off a few kilometers earlier and always had to cross them on foot.
It was late afternoon when we entered a bar near Emmerich Germany, some boys of our age offered us a beer and when it got late a girl took us to sleep in her home's garage.
The next morning her mother made us breakfast and we set off on foot towards the Dutch border which was only a couple of kilometers away.
We wrote a postcard to the girl on our return, which she returned, and from there we lost contact.
I remember the trip with the Citroen Diane to Berlin. From West Germany at a certain point we had to take a highway that crossed East Germany and it was a corridor bordered by high nets, barbed wire and watch towers.
And when we went to Prague and Budapest, we joked saying "let's go find love beyond the Iron Curtain", using a saying dating back perhaps almost two decades earlier. Oh we did :) i must still have somewhere the photo of me and the girl in front of a Trabant that made me laugh for its size.
In all these trips we met different people, with different habits and ways of living and this gave us curiosity and emotion.
In those years young generations were dreaming of a world without frontiers where all peoples are equal, perhaps a little I believed in it too, but only later I did understand that differences, more than equality, are the most precious asset of the human being.



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tome57a

In the 1960s, i discovered Simon and Garfunkel, as a kid who wasn't supposed to be listening to such "hip" stuff. In 1983, i set off on cross-country a road trip to discover America's blue highways with Cathie, my friend and my obsession, only to discover that Simon and Garfunkel had already paved the way. And then, fast forward to January 2019, listening to the Bookends album for the first time in decades on tinny airline earphones, as i touched down in a strange land, only to find the music was as powerful there and then as it had been over half a century earlier. Some things never change, when everything around them does...

tome57a

@Sean Evans Thank you...

Sean Evans

Beautifully put...

dbdeg88

@tome57a Gaaaaaah same.

tome57a

@AnthonyB2351 I wish he’d kept that verse in...

tome57a

@Monk Soup No, but I’d be happy to see her again in this life and compare lifetimes... I did find her on Facebook once and messaged a hello - but received no reply. Simon and Garfunkel would probably say, “Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you.”

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David Mullen

One of the best songs I have ever heard. And I am not American. And I am no longer young. But the truth of this song has screamed at me from the first time I heard it.

E. Paul Wileyto

Love the song, hate the smoking references. Those references turn the song into an anachronism.

keith oudal

You are correct sir.

David Gottfried

Thanks you for expressing your love with this song. When I meet people who love a song that I love, I savor a brief glimpse of hope.

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