"Slip Slidin' Away" as written by and Paul Simon....
Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

I know a man
He came from my home town
He wore his passion for his woman
Like a thorny crown
He said Dolores
I live in fear
My love for you's so overpowering
I'm afraid that I will disappear

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

I know a woman
Became a wife
These are the very words she uses
To describe her life
She said a good day
Ain't got no rain
She said a bad day's when I lie in bed
And think of things that might have been

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

I know a father
He had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons
For the things he'd done
He came a long way
Just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and headed home again

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

God only knows
God makes his plans
The information's unavailable
To the mortal man
We work our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we're gliding down the highway
When in fact we're slip slidin' away

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away




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"Slip Slidin Away" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +3
    General CommentI think he is trying to say that even though we always want to do something, eventually we shy away from whatever we want most. We will never be satisfied and we will never be completed. Somewhat depressing, but still a great insight into our nature.
    nillad1000on April 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me, the song is saying that people tend to spend all of their time and energy working towards something that isn't all it's cracked up to be. It tells us to be careful what we devote our lives to--make sure it's what we really want.
    edguidryon December 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmany points people have made make sense.

    To me, the song says that we know nothing about why we do things.

    We are told, get a job, get your pay, get married.

    But even when we do these things, and we are successful, we are sliding closer to the real end.

    A wife thinks she must toil for her household and for her children.

    A father thinks he must teach his son what he knows.

    And God, that thing, the most overpowering of all these pretences, God is the only one who is sure of itself. The rest of us, we fear, we know deep down where things are really going.

    A father kisses his son only to "go back home again" to his "true role" as provider and teacher.

    wives and husbands must justify their choice of who to marry and their careers, to their friends, their kids, but most of all, to themselves.

    We are still no closer to the real 'why?'s of life.
    truckymacuckyon October 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe wore his passion for his woman like a thorny crown...
    My love for you is so overpowering
    I'm afraid that I will disappear..

    Those are my favorite lines.
    I think the song is about how the closer we get to what we want most in life (the one we love most), suddenly seems to become out of reach for some reason, we're pulled in another direction. When things don't work out the way we plan them it is God's will to decide what is best for us, or so we hope. The man seems to be so in love with his present girlfriend, that he almost fears the relationship because the love he feels for her has so much power over him. He loves her so much that it is painful "thorny crown". Maybe the paradox is that he loved her so much that he had to leave her, in fear of losing her some other way perhaps because he is moving away. We thus slip slide away from what we want most in life, although only God holds the power to control these situations, we have to believe that he will light our path and guide us in the right direction. My boyfriend and I just broke up and he used this song in his msn, I believe speaking to me. So I'd like to believe this interpretation!
    Erica07on July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell i added this song, i think its really nice, the lyrics are brilliant he is an amazing poet!
    angel2kisson July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful for its depressing meaning i mean he is basically saying that the closer u get to something the farther u end up and u cant change your life cause it is pre determined
    chunkymonkey102on April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti live in fear-- my love for you's so overpowering, i'm afraid that i may disappear

    amazing. paul simon is a great songwriter
    luckye225on September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. takes on a totally different meaning when you actually listen/read the lyrics. the underlying music portrays a reflective, jimmy buffetish type summer dreamstate (if that makes any sense atall) while the words tell amazing stories..several amazing stories.
    breathefreshair04on December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpowerfully beautifull yet depressing yet true,ever since i heard this song it has stayed with me.
    forsakenangel25on July 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how there are seperate stories in this song, and each story, although short, tells so much. Paul Simon truly is a wonderful and graceful song writter. Timeless song.
    XxFreebirdxXon February 16, 2006   Link

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