erik lundegaard

Tuesday February 12, 2013

My State of the Union

Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the ageís most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
Oh, itís all right, itís all right
Itís all right, itís all right
You canít be forever blessed
Still, tomorrowís going to be another working day
And Iím trying to get some rest
Thatís all Iím trying to get some rest

-- Paul Simon, “American Tune,” 1973

I was dicking around YouTube last night and came across this clip of Paul Simon singing “American Tune” on the old “Dick Cavett Show” in September 1974--a month after Richard Nixon resigned, which was a few months after my parents separated. It's a melancholy song but I was feeling particularly melancholy last night so it really sunk in. Particularly that last stanza. Since the State of the Union is tonight, I thought I'd share.

Posted at 04:17 PM on Tuesday February 12, 2013 in category Music  
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