Now, I’m a big fan of Simon and Garfunkel because that was just a beautiful, magic pairing of two sensitive musicians, who was really short and the other who had… well, that hair. I always liked their version of “I Am A Rock,” well, at least…
I have no need of friendship,
Friendship causes pain,
It’s laughter and loving I disdain!
…at least until I had downloaded this solo, almost demo-like version by Paul Simon alone. It came to me a few years ago, quite by accident, and with every iteration of my music library, from hard drive to hard drive, every time something terrible has happened and I’ve lost my bajillion gigs of music or years of audio files or whatever, this is one of those songs that I made sure I always kept within my grasp. This song. Just him and a guitar. It builds slow, but it’s stripped of everything that Garfunkel added to it, the melody, the safety of it… It just feels more raw, more angry. The words come alive.
Don’t talk of love…
But I’ve heard the words before,
It’s sleeping in my memory,
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died,
If I never loved I never would have cried…
It’s probably sad to admit to you just how many times I’ve been in a particular frame of mind and listened to this version of the song and it spoke to me, reinvigorated me, reaffirmed some bad states of mind that I was in. It’s probably not healthy to admit to you how many times I’ve actually listened to this version of the song today alone.