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Simon's Musical Legacy

“Hello darkness, my old friend”
Your song fills my head again

I can’t escape Paul Simon
Words lift me like a sermon

I travel with him to Graceland
Years are “slip-sliding away”

Years pass, he says we’re crazy
Wasted youth; I was lazy

We rise to “Kodachrome” hues
As Paul sings of joy and blues

Gave me “50 ways to leave”
A false man who tried to deceive 

“Sounds of Silence” fill my day
Till Simon’s songs come my way

To touch my heart, restore hope
Through troubled times, I can cope

“Bridge over Troubled Water”
Help your sister and brother

*Entry for Michael’s “What Songwriters Inspire You” contest
Inspired by songwriter Paul Simon
Written June 21, 2012

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  1. Date: 12/11/2012 12:36:00 AM
    Oh Carolyn; you have handled this one Beautifully..) Such a rich store this guy Has gifted us with..! congratulations on The win achieved also Good friend; Thinking of you, wishing you well..! God bless Joe..)

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Carolyn, congrats on your win. Missing your presence here at the Soup. Healing prayers sent to you. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 7:56:00 AM
    Paul Simon was such an integral part of my life back then, we thought we were invincible! How time changes things; can't help remembering those times Carolyn. How are you, hope you are doing well, love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 8:37:00 AM
    Congratulations for your win in Michael's contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 1:09:00 PM
    Carolyn , congrats on your great win, David

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Very nice... congratulations! Terry

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 9:01:00 AM
    Paul Simon was the best---one of my favorites was Kathy's Song---congrats!

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 8:48:00 AM
    congrats Carolyn on a splendid win for this great tribute to an awesome musician .. great job luv..

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 8:30:00 AM
    What a great tribute.. Paul SImon is lyric master.... Congrats Carolyn... luv health and peace to you.... luv Michael

  1. Date: 7/1/2012 8:29:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn - You've nailed it here. Paul Simon's talented words and music run through my head in good times and bad. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 10:10:00 PM
    Hey Carolyn--I was longing to read one of your latest and boy did I get a treat with this one! You took me down memory land and soothed my soul! Paul Simon entertained me for years too as his catchy tunes rang in my mind...Gotta love "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover!" What a nice entry for Michael's contest! Huge big bear hug for YOU! gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 1:41:00 PM
    Luck in the contest. I'm still having computer problems, so will be tardy with comments. Love, daver

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 9:53:00 AM
    Wonderful source of inspiration. Well done. Best of luck. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 6:28:00 PM
    just got off the phone with your machine. wish it was you. i wrote you a poem i hope you find it. all my love my long time best BFF carolyn.

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 6:21:00 PM
    to me he was over shadowed by the beetles but he held his own. his word became legend and yes i remember the words and melodies. my honor goes out to him for being part of my life. for being a poet like me. for holding his own.

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 1:02:00 PM
    You always "Wow" me, Seafaress! This is a song in itself! Yes, Paul Simon is one of the all time best songwriters, ever. Enjoyed reading this as I recall all those hits, including, "the Boxer". Can't wait to talk! Much love, Annalise

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 1:36:00 PM
    Carolyn, you chose a great songwriter for Michael's contest! I love how you referenced so many of his great songs. I'm having trouble narrowing it down to one songwriter. Although Springsteen is my favorite, I'm inspired by many...lots of love and prayers sent your way. Hugs, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 9:02:00 PM
    wow, CArolyn, amazing how you took your life's situation and your emotions and made an incredible entry like this for Michael's contest. I really like this one, sweetie.

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 9:02:00 PM
    and I just adored that duo.

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 3:17:00 PM
    This write is very well done my friend! I don't know Paul Simon that well so I was unfamiliar with the songs you chose but the poem was very awesomely crafted! You will do very well in the contest I am sure of it! Great Work!!