"50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" as written by and Jorge Milchberg Daniel A. Robles....
The problem is all inside your head she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover

She said it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself at the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

She said it grieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you smile again
I said I appreciate that and would you please explain
About the fifty ways

She said why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe in the morning you'll begin to see the light
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free


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"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is not a breakup song. The 'he' and 'she' are not breaking up - on the contrary..

    Curious? Imagine this scenario.

    A man is in a troubled relationship with some woman. He wants to finish it, but does not know how or doesn't have the courage to do it. Now one evening he's sitting in a bar, making conversation with another woman who dropped by and is willing to give him some attention. And possibly some affection.

    Now read the lyrics again.

    For me it is obvious what kind of 'solution' this woman has in mind for this man in order to release himself from his burden :-)

    So from a certain perspective, yes, this is a happy song - with a probably happy ending.
    hminkemaon July 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor some reason I always saw this song as a woman talking to her boyfriend/husband (the narrator) half jokingly, like she realized something was off in the relationship and this was her way of confronting him. He leaves the conversation with no real idea what he wants to do, but he's prepared to be persuaded. No idea why, but thats always what I've thought.
    thelesserthreaton July 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is awsome. fact.
    lol. its about how "easy" it is to leave some one but really how near impossiable it is to emotially detatch yourself from them.
    Fiesta_bhoyon March 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with different_13 - verses are awesome, chorus is ok but doesn't fit at all; too cheery, and too rhyming

    also - i have absolutely no happy go lucky type feeling while listening to this song; it's about cheating on someone and leaving them - and while i definitely sympathise with the singer, it's in this melancholy understanding kind of way, not a chipper isn't-it-cool-how-many-different-ways-there-are-to- break-someone's-heart? way
    jalopyon November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a woman who gets convinces men to cheat on their wives/significant others. the end.
    likethecometon June 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are by far the weakest lyrics Paul Simon ever wrote, and it's amazing that the song was a hit.
    bobtauruson July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you kidding? this song is brilliant!
    xthestarslaughdxon July 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you kidding? this song is brilliant!
    xthestarslaughdxon July 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm with you xthestarslaughdx. love this song, great to sing along to. playful - i don't think its meant to be profound, just a bit of fun.
    Eulalieoon July 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWeak lyrics? Look at them. They're very clever. Maybe not meaningful. I agree its just a bit of fun!
    foxyfmuon March 12, 2006   Link

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