Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Simon & Garfunkel: Mrs Robinson



From a performance in 1968, the year the song was released.
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Written by: Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
Recorded: September 1966, January 1967, June 1967, October 1967–February 1968
Released: April 3, 1968
Album: Bookends
Label: Columbia Records

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An early version of the song appeared in the motion picture The Graduate (1967), a coming of age classic,  starring Dustin Hoffman (Benjamin Braddock) and Anne Bancroft (Mrs Robinson), and directed by Mike Nichols.

The songwriting duo split up in 1970, and Simon and Garfunkel reunited again for a free concert in New York City's Central Park on September 19, 1981, where they played a number of crowd favourites, including Mrs Robinson here.

The song's references to Mrs Robinson (First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt) and Joe DiMaggio, the New York Yankees athlete, look back to a time, in the 1930s and '40s, of unpretentious heroics and national duty. Our culture looks for heroes. In 1999, after baseball player Joe DiMaggio died, Paul Simon wrote about the song's reference to him in a New York Times article:
In these days of Presidential transgressions and apologies and prime-time interviews about private sexual matters, we grieve for Joe DiMaggio and mourn the loss of his grace and dignity, his fierce sense of privacy, his fidelity to the memory of his wife and the power of his silence.
 Such might explain its resonance today.


Bookends: Bookends is the fourth studio album by Simon & Garfunkel, released on April 3, 1968. Mrs Robinson is the third track on side two.
Source: Wikipedia Commons


Mrs Robinson
by Simon & Garfunkel

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files
We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It's a little secret, just the Robinsons' affair
Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids

Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
A nation turns it's lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

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