Fakin' It
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics


When she goes, she's gone
If she stays, she stays here
The girl does what she wants to do
She knows what she wants to do
And I know I'm fakin' it
I'm not really makin' it

I'm such a dubious soul
And a walk in the garden
Wears me down
Tangled in the fallen vines
Pickin' up the punchlines
I've just been fakin' it
Not really makin' it

Is there any danger?
No, not not really
Just lean on me

Takin' time to treat your friendly neighbors honestly
I've just been fakin' it (fakin' it)
I'm not really makin' it
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it

Prior to this lifetime
I surely was a tailor
Look at me
I own the tailor's face and hands
I am the tailor's face and hands and
I know I'm fakin' it (fakin' it)
I'm not really makin' it
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it (shaken it)
I know I'm fakin' it
I'm not really makin' it

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

shiragazome

When she goes, she's gone.
If she stays, she stays here.
The girl does what she wants to do.
She knows what she wants to do.
And I know I'm fakin' it
I'm not really makin' it.

I'm such a dubious soul,
And a walk in the garden
Wears me down.
Tangled in the fallen vines
Pickin' up the punch lines
I've just been fakin' it
Not really makin' it.

Is there any danger?
No, no, not not really.
Just lean on me.
Takin' time to treat
Your friendly neighbors honestly.
I've just been fakin' it, fakin' it
Not really makin' it.
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it.

Prior to this lifetime
I surely was a tailor
Look at me

( good morning, Mr Leitch. Have you had a busy day? )

I own the tailor's face and hands.
I am the tailor's face and hands
I know I'm fakin' it, fakin' it
I'm not really makin' it.
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it.
I know I'm fakin' it,
I'm not really makin' it.



All comments from YouTube:

Robert Ward

Near the middle of the song is a brief spoken word vignette featuring a British woman entering a tailor shop and greeting the owner: "Good morning, Mr. Leitch. Have you had a busy day?" The woman performing was singer Beverley Martyn, who was friends with singer-songwriter Donovan. Donovan's last name was Leitch, hence the name's use in the song. The line arose from an occasion in which Simon was wondering what his occupation would be had he been born a century earlier; he settled on the idea that he may have been a tailor, and likely from Vienna or Hungary, as that is where his ancestors migrated from. Simon's father revealed to him later that, coincidentally, his grandfather was a tailor named also named Paul from Vienna.

The song finds the protagonist mulling over his insecurities and shortcomings. It has been suggested that "Fakin' It" may be an allegory for Simon's relationship with Art Garfunkel.

v-town1980

Ha, as soon as you said the name Leitch, my mind said Donovan.

Chairman Meow

@Buffalo Springthorpe If you had to pick a year to be sick in bed with just a radio for entertainment, you couldn't do any better than 1967!

snowman

I always thought it was about the public face we wear of confidence and honesty vs. feelings of insecurity and deceiving those around us.

jaw444

​@Mary Smith re: what you said about 1967 in san francisco--it sounds like you weren't there. and it sounds like that is a good thing, since it would have not been your thing.

KissOff

buying this vinyl for my kid sister.. i'm going to print out this comment and stuff it in there (: hope you don't mind

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BloodyBlonde Baby

Tonight I was feeling incredibly lonely... Nothing could fix it. Not talking to someone, not drawing, or writing... but the moment that I put this on I instantly felt comfort. Thank you Simon and Garfunkel.

Tee Gee

BloodyBlonde Baby Safer than drugs😄

Frankincensed

I grew up on Zep, Deep Purple, Floyd, Sabbath, Rush, Stones but there's always been my sister's record collection that I'd sneak over to on occasion when she wasn't home: Simon and Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchel. You just can't ignore great music, no matter the variety or genre.

blipco5

+m3na9 GFR. Yes. The early years. The first band I ever saw live. GFR.

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