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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fancy That

Martin had a 7" single of this Paul Simon song performed by Them, the band fronted by a young Van Morrison. Couldn't find their version online, but here are Simon & Garfunkel:



Until tonight when I was Googling the Dy;an Thomas poem, I hadn't appreciated that the song was an expansion and reinvention from a poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson. I suspect Martin may not have known either.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good Morning!" and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine -- we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,
And went without the meat and cursed the bread,
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

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I have to say I am very impressed with Paul Simon's reworking.

2 Comments:

At 21 February, 2010 23:27, Blogger Persephone said...

I have the Simon and Garfunkel version on my iPod. I've had the CD and the preceding album for way longer. I never knew that Them did a cover; is it much different?

 
At 23 February, 2010 01:05, Blogger Rob said...

Van Morrison sounds a lot angrier and less puzzled than Paul Simon. It's more of a rock number the way Them do it.

If you have a large amount of money you could buy a copy (or simply listen to a brief sample (disc 2 track 18) here.

 

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