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WASHINGTON - MAY 23: Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform during the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song Gala at the Warner Theater May 23, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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Simon and Garfunkel: “America”

The Hook: Here comes non-rhymin’ Simon. One of his favorites “from the Simon and Garfunkel period.”

Year: 1968

Album: Bookends

Writer: Paul Simon

Released as a single off Simon and Garfunkel’s 1972 Greatest Hits album, it flopped, only reaching number-95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “America” is regarded as one of Simon and Garfunkel’s true classics. Paul Simon tells how he feels about the song and what he thinks of when he hears it.

Paul Simon on how he feels about his Simon and Garfunkel classic “America.” OC:…it’s young. :19

“It was the first song I wrote that didn’t have rhymes in it, that’s what I think of with that. One of the better songs and one of the songs that I’m more comfortable with from the Simon and Garfunkel period. Of my younger songs I think that’s one of the – I’m trying to find a way of saying I like that song, even though it’s an early song and it’s young.”