"Proof" as written by and Paul Simon....
Soon our fortunes will be made, my darling
And we leave this loathsome little town
Silver bells jingling from your black lizard boots, my baby
Silver foil to trim your wedding gown

It's true the tools of love wear down
Time passes
A mind wanders
It seems mindless, but it does
Sometimes I see your face
As if through reading glasses
And your smile seems softer than it was

Proof
Some people gonna call you up
Tell you something that you already know
Proof
Sane people go crazy on you
Say “No man that was not
The deal we made
I got to go, I got to go”
Faith
Faith is an island in the setting sun
But proof, yes
Proof is the bottom line for everyone

My face, my race
Don't matter anymore
My sex, my cheques
Accepted at the door

Proof
Some people gonna call you up
Tell you something that you already know
Proof
Sane people go crazy on you
Say “No man that was not
The deal we made
I got to, I got to go”
Faith
Faith is an island in the setting sun
But proof, yes
Proof is the bottom line for everyone

Half moon hiding in the clouds, my darling
And the sky is flecked with signs of hope
Raise your weary wings against the rain, my baby
Wash your tangled curls with gambler's soap

Proof
Some people gonna call you up
Tell you something that you already know
Proof
Sane people go crazy on you
Say “No man that was not
The deal we made
I got to, I got to, I got to”
Faith
Faith is an island in the setting sun
But proof, yes
Proof is the bottom line for everyone


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"Proof" as written by Paul Simon

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    Song Meaningummmm... i'm a bit stuck on this one. But I love the song. even with the cheesey piano keyboard sounds

    ok... the first paragraph is very evocative of scene, a good environmental opening

    but the next paragraph is a different feeling entirely. from the 'call me al' revelations, I can guess at what he means by the 'tools of love wearing down', things becoming more distant and 'softer' with age...........

    but how does the chorus fit in with this? its great on its own.... but in juxtaposition to the rest of the song....

    my face my race? my sex my cheques? I'm lost, can anyone help me.

    and the last paragraph is very evocative and environmental again. paul simon has a fascinating mind.
    oxyharmonicon November 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis sounds, to me, like a couple struggling to keep their hopes, dreams and romance alive amidst the ugliness and pressures of making money. The romantic verses seem to promise good-things-to-come but we aren't sure they'll ever arrive ("Soon our fortunes will be made...", "the tools of love wear down. the mind wanders," "the sky is flecked with signs of hope").
    The chorus seems to interrupt those romantic verses with references to people who couldn't care less about you. Back-stabbers (or just harried business people?) ("that ain't the deal we made") and impersonal interests (marketers or lawyers or bureaucrats or ...) ("Some people gonna call you up Tell you something that you already know") steal time and attention from the romantic and the personal.
    For both competing interests, though, the title points out that words are just words - no matter how good they sound - and that proof IS the bottom line for everyone.
    virminon February 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about the whole song, but I've quote "Faith is an island in the setting sun/ but proof is the bottom line for everyone" a lot - to illustrate the difference between trusting our faith and our intuition and that other side of our brain that likes analysis and quantification and scientific proof. We need both to get through life.
    drgjeltenon April 17, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about a wedded couple that promised each other to have loads of $$$ but the "proof" wasn't there?! the dude never made it! so her smile became soft it slipped away from being genuine. how sad the song.

    But he gets rich! his cheques dont matter anymore its a everyday thing, his race or whatever is not cared about anymore. There was his wife's folly. His proof came to pass.

    "Half moon hiding in the clouds, my darling
    And the sky is flecked with signs of hope
    Raise your weary wings against the rain, my baby
    Wash your tangled curls with gambler's soap"

    half assed wife (moon symbol) hiding in dreams sounded like his darling. and his dreams is around her w/ signs of hope . now he's giving her the boot "go fly away with your weary wings against my rain" yeah so whose the man now?!
    "and go wash your messy hair that hair that cheated on me some cheap man's gambling money"

    HE DIVORCES HER BLACK WIDOW ASS. Beware of those women who love for status pursue girls who love you for you! wait guys..and girls.
    GrungyBeatleon October 24, 2014   Link

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