Literary Lyrics: The Dangling Conversation

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I think "The Dangling Conversation," written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon and Garfunkel, is one of the most poetic songs I've ever head. I almost cried the first time I heard it, and every time it comes on my iPod now I have to stop whatever I'm doing and just listen.

It's a still life water color,
Of a now late afternoon,
As the sun shines through the curtained lace
And shadows wash the room.
And we sit and drink our coffee
Couched in our indifference,
Like shells upon the shore
You can hear the ocean roar
In the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
The borders of our lives.
And you read your Emily Dickinson,
And I my Robert Frost,
And we note our place with bookmarkers
That measure what we've lost.
Like a poem poorly written
We are verses out of rhythm,
Couplets out of rhyme,
In syncopated time
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
Are the borders of our lives.

Yes, we speak of things that matter,
With words that must be said,
"Can analysis be worthwhile?"
"Is the theater really dead?"
And how the room is softly faded
And I only kiss your shadow,
I cannot feel your hand,
You're a stranger now unto me
Lost in the dangling conversation.
And the superficial sighs,
In the borders of our lives.
- Paul Simon


  1. I love Simon & Garfunkel and this is one of my favourite of their songs (Homeless Bound and My Little Town also resonate strongly). Thanks for sharing!


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