erik lundegaard

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 age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
Oh, it’s all right, it’s all right
It’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m 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 Tue. Feb 12, 2013 in category Music  


Pliny the Not-Quite-As-Young wrote:

That one's worth listening to twice.

Comment posted on Tue. Feb 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

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