"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 "Delores, I live in fear
My love for you is 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 not rain"

She said "A bad day's when I lie in bed
And I 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
And I know a father who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons for the things he had done

He came a long way just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and he 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 plan

The information's unavailable to the mortal man
We're working 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
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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    General CommentI think the song is telling us that as we work to get where we are going in life, that life is slip sliding away from us.
    Quaidon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about death. and the closer you get to reaching your "destination" (aka death) the more you begin to "slip away". and the verses are different scenarios about people who are beginning to slip away, and what they are doing abut it. And then in the end he summarizes that God's the only one who will know the future, so live your life and don't worry about your death.
    xavier37on April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of my ex wife. Her middle name was Delores and she cheated on me with both a Paul and a Simon. I wish i was joking. I won't let her rob me the joy this man's music gives me though. I put this song on when I work out in the morning and it inspires me to get buff for Christmas so I can find a new woman and rub her nose in it. I have a feeling this song is about our situation.
    wesleyhenryheadon July 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI am interested in the answers to two questions about this (brilliant) song:

    1) Is it the story of one single family? (passion --> marital stagnation --> alienation)

    2) How much is autibiographical? I've always felt that verse three must be.

    Please let me have your thoughts...
    ShineYouDiamondon June 22, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan't believe no one has commented.. probably my favorite of theirs'
    jc040404on February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, in my opinion express how God rules the world and he knows what happens - but I think that it gives a positive message to people NOT TO BE AFRAID to express themselves, to make their decisions - God may know the future, but it is a man who decides of his actions. It is about seacrching something, what will bring you closer to your goal - which u even don't really know what it is - and because u don't have such a goal u may seem to slip sliding away.You make a lot od decisions, which may not end up as u wanted - but u cannot give it up - because "bad day's when I lie in bed
    And think of the things that might have been ":)
    Tammion March 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^ i agree, you can make plans and they can all slip away, and you stress, but let it happen.
    music*ismyboyfriendon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is telling us that God has his plan, and what will happen will happen. The nearer you are to your destination in life, and the more you concentrate on it, the more your life is slipping away from you. Its simply saying dont forget to enjoy life.
    Quaidon December 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinately my favourite, just close your eyes and relaaaax
    squidge57on July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am interested in the answers to two questions about this (brilliant) song:

    1) Is it the story of one single family? (passion --> marital stagnation --> alienation)

    2) How much is autibiographical? I've always felt that verse three must be.

    Please let me have your thoughts...
    ShineYouDiamondon June 22, 2014   Link

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