Chorus:
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 to my home town
He wore his passion for his woman
Like a thorny crown
He said Delores
I live in fear
My for you is so overpowering
I'm afraid that I will disappear

Chorus

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

Chorus

And I know a father
Who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons for 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

Chorus

God only knows
God makes his plan
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


Lyrics submitted by angel2kiss


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  • +2
    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the song is trying to give a sense that you need to enjoy the feelings in life, the people that pass through it; mostly because of the last few lines where he talks about how working a job and making money, and in general focusing on the material and the 'proper', makes us think we're sailing along when we're really sliding away from what life's really about.
    thelesserthreaton July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all of the other posts here...I think this is one of the most beautifuly sad songs of all time...I think Paul wrote this about himself too. The man that comes from his home town is him, the woman who became a wife is his first wife, once again the father with the son is him. He speaks of all of this "slidin'" he has done in his life and it relates to everyone who has ever wanted more, but just can't seem to find it, so they slip slide closer to death.
    nuggetbbon July 17, 2006   Link

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