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Produced by the duo and Roy Haleethe song was later issued as a single in to promote the release of Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits. The song was written and composed by Paul Simonand concerns young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United Statesin search of "America," in both a literal and figurative sense.
It was inspired by a road trip that Simon took with his then girlfriend Kathy Chitty. The song has been regarded as one of Simon's strongest songwriting efforts and one of the duo's best songs. A Rolling Stone reader's poll ranked it the group's fourth best song. Then I asked him why he hadn't pulled out, and he said he had to see what a city named Saginaw looked like.
Apparently, he liked it; he wrote 'America' while he was here, including that line about taking four days to hitchhike from Saginaw. The song follows two young lovers — "an apparently impromptu romantic traveling alliance" — who set out "to look for America. The narrator spends four days hitchhiking from Saginaw to join Kathy in Pittsburghwhere together they board a Greyhound bus to continue the journey.
To pass time, he and Kathy play games and try to guess the backgrounds of their fellow passengers. Over the course of their journey, they smoke all their cigarettes. Kathy reads a magazine before falling asleep, leaving the narrator awake to reflect on the meaning of the journey alone.
The narrator then stares out the window "counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike. The soaring harmony lines and crashing cymbals create a powerful and poignant end to the song's final verse: "They've all come to look for America. It is three and a half minutes of sheer brilliance, whose unforced narrative, alternating precise detail with sweeping observation evokes the panorama of restless, paved America and simultaneously illuminates a drama of shared loneliness on a bus trip with cosmic implications.
Disc jockey and author Pete Fornatale describes "America" as one of Paul Simon's "greatest writing achievements in this phase of his career. The song enjoyed a resurgence in popularity — and was introduced to a new generation — after being featured in Cameron Crowe 's critically acclaimed film Almost Famous in An early scene in the film, set infinds the free-spirited character "Anita" Zooey Deschanel playing the song for her mother Frances McDormand to " Inlyrics from the song began appearing spray-painted on vacant buildings and abandoned factories in the town of Saginaw, Michigan, which is mentioned in the song.
The song was featured in " America ," a television advertisement for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Party presidential primaries. Garfunkel stated that America - Aztec Two-Step Featuring Pete Fornatale* - Time It Was - The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook was a supporter of Sanders and his campaign, and that the usage of "America" did not take away from the song's original premise. The song appears in a TV commercial for the Volkswagen Atlas.
The earliest known performances of "America" came from the band Hold Me Like You Used To - Gustaf Spetz - Good Night Mr. Spetz. A live tape exists of this being performed at the Marquee in Aprilprior to the release of any known recording by any artist, including Paul Simon, himself.
Simon had recorded demos at Levy studios in London inand tapes of these were passed to the band by a studio engineer Stu Francis of Radio Luxembourg.
Inalso performed " Sounds of Silence " from this same tape. The song was rearranged by the progressive rock band Yes La Belle Francoise - Garolou - Lougarouperforming it in concert on the first tour after Steve Howe replaced Peter Banks. Yes added elements typical to progressive rock, such as changes in time signature and long instrumental segments, while dropping the song's original repeat and fade ending.
The Yes studio version clocks in at ten and a half minutes, with live versions on the tour extended to more than fifteen minutes.
The studio recording first appeared in on the sampler album The New Age of Atlantic and was later included on the compilation album Yesterdays inthe box set In a Word: Yes — inand on the re-issue of their album Fragile.
An edited version of this recording lasting 4 minutes was released as a single and hit 46 on the U. Billboard Hot It also reached 20 in New Zealand.
The edited version was also included as a bonus track on the re-issue of Close to the EdgeBurn (Let Your Mind Go) (Extended Mix) - Various - Promo Only Rhythm Club: February 15 the unedited studio version appears on Steven Wilson 's remix America - Aztec Two-Step Featuring Pete Fornatale* - Time It Was - The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook the same album.
A live version of the song was included on 's Keys to Ascension as well as a performance from the final show of the tour which preceded the studio recording on 's The Word Is Live. Folk singer Bert Sommera member of the group the Left Bankecovered the song in the late s, and he also performed the song at Woodstock in Bowie performed seated on the floor, center stage, with a microphone and a Suzuki Omnichord.
American singer-songwriter Josh Groban recorded it on his live album, Live at the Greekand has performed the song live on multiple occasions, including a Howard Gilman Opera House for Brooklyn Academy of Music 's celebration of Simon's music in and at the A Capitol Fourth concert in Vocalist Alyssa Graham replaces Simon's "Kathy" with "Douglas" in her version, the leadoff track on her album America - Aztec Two-Step Featuring Pete Fornatale* - Time It Was - The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook.
The band America also released a recording of the song on their album Back Pages. Sting performs the song on a quarter size acoustic guitar live on stage on the Paul Simon with Sting tour. U2 has snippeted the song on multiple occasions during their and world tours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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