Simon and Garfunkel | 5 Songs To Summarize The Album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”

Simon and Garfunkel | 5 Songs To Summarize The Album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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Simon and Garfunkel didn’t pull punches when they dished out their third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Going hermit in the studio for almost three months, the duo crafted the mostly-acoustic album from Paul Simon’s England introspection a year before, as well as songs from his solo debut record. Here are five tracks that perfectly sum up the whole album’s listening experience.

“Scarborough Fair/Canticle”

The album opener “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” is a unique cut considering the duo’s regular sound, as it’s ethereal quality taps into psychedelic territory quite easily. Its ambitious setting is further heightened with the “Canticle” section of the track, resolving in an indulgent manner.


Immediately following the first song is “Patterns”, a vivid listening experience thanks to its rich acoustic instrumentation and unique percussion parts. Lyrically, it tackles life as a dizzying journey, showing the complexity of the album from the get-go.

“Homeward Bound” 

Inspired by Simon’s experience in Liverpool – he waited long and hard at night for the next train while writing it. Its inherent folk sound, which the duo was popular for, made it a sure ticket to the charts just like that.

“59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”

No shame in pop as “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” is what it is. Simon & Garfunkel impart the notion of taking life one day at a time despite the hustle and bustle to survive.

“7 O’clock News / Silent Night”

Another track that makes use of a counterpoint approach, “7 O’clock News / Silent Night” lists down the state of affairs in 1966. A simulated broadcast by Charlie O’Donnell keeps the first side busy with its haunting foresight of matters to come, while the other side is a bare rendition of the Christmas carol “Silent Night”.