"The Coast" as written by and Paul Simon....
A family of musicians took shelter for the night
In the little harbor church of St. Cecilia
Two guitars, bata, bass drum and tambourine
Rose of Jericho and Bougainvillea

This is a lonely life
Sorrows everywhere you turn
And that's worth something
When you think about it
That's worth some money
That's worth something
When you think about it
That is worth some money

A trip to the market
A trip into the pearl gray morning sunlight
Settling over Washington
A trip to the market
A trip around the world
Where the evening meal
Is negotiable, if there is one.

This is a lonely life
Sorrows everywhere you turn
And that's worth something
When you think about it
That's worth some money
That's worth something
When you think about it
That is worth some money

To prove that I love you
Because I believe in you
Summer skies, stars are falling
All along the injured coast
If I have money
If I have children
Summer skies, stars are falling
All along the injured coast
Oh-wah oh-wah Doo-wop a Doo-wah
Summer skies and stars are falling
All along the injured coast
Oh-wah oh-wah Doo-wop a Doo-wah
Summer skies and stars are falling
All along the injured coast

We are standing in the sunlight
The early morning sunlight
In the harbor church of St. Cecilia
To praise a soul's returning to the earth
To the rose of Jericho and the Bougainvillea

To prove that I love you
Because I believe in you
Summer skies, stars are falling
All along the injured coast
If I have money
If I have children
Summer skies, stars are falling
All along the injured coast

If I have weaknesses
Don't let them blind me now
Summer skies, stars are falling
All along the injured coast
Oh-wah oh-wah
Doo Wop a Doo Wah
Summer skies, stars are falling
Leaving the shadow of the valley behind me now
All along the injured coast
Oh-wah oh-wah
Doo Wop a Doo Wah
Summer skies and stars are falling
All along the injured coast
Oh-wah oh-wah
Doo Wop a Doo Wah


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"The Coast" as written by Paul Simon

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    General Commenti love the line "summer skies and stars are falling all along the injured coast."

    for me, that really illustrates the conflict between natural beauty and man-made destruction.
    brain.damageon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis entire cd is amazing...i think this song is about spirituality...finding it and not wanting human weaknesses to blind you to a greatness...also about rising above the hardships of life?? just a guess...
    littlewingon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI havent really taken the time to figure out what this song means (not that I could if I tried), but all I know this is my favorite Paul Simon song.
    roushsn95on April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow are there so few comments on this song?

    The line "to praise the souls returning to the Earth" makes me think of the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos.
    RachaelPieon September 10, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Summer skies, the stars are falling" -- some of the most spectacular meteor showers happen in the summer. The "injured coast", though, speaks to an element of human disruption and/or delusion.
    Professor Mon June 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love the comment about Dia de los Muertos.

    There is a lot of G-d imagery here, too. If I have weaknesses, don't let them blind me now (to the truth that I can find here)

    Leaving the shadow of the valley behind me now (Psalm 23, walking through the valley of the shadow of death)

    I think, basically, the song is about how we are each on our own journey through life. We only get one, we should try to lighten each other's sorrow.
    kathy10154on November 18, 2016   Link

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