"Mother and Child Reunion" as written by and Paul Simon....
No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine

I can't for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don't work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine

I just can't believe it's so
Though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

But I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
When the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away

Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a moment away

Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a moment away

Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a moment away


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"Mother and Child Reunion" as written by Paul Simon

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    General Comment"I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one." -Paul Simon

    Source: brainyquote.com
    msrmx350on June 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentApparently, the rumor that he got the title from a Chinese menu is true. The song itself was inspired by the death of the family dog and trying to ex plain death to his children.
    benriceon April 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I've heard the chicken and egg rumor myself.
    doortodooron May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've read what Simon has said about it in interviews regarding the chinese menu thing, but i always heard it as being about the break up of the Beatles. There are a number of references to Beatles lyrics ("little darling" from "Here Comes the Sun" and Paul singing "I know they say 'let it be." Along with that, the mother and child reunion is Yoko and John, John having made no secret of his maternal attachment to Yoko my comparing her to his mother in "Julia" and his nickname for her, Mother Superior."

    No, I would not give you false hope (of the beatles reuniting
    on this strange and mournful day (of the Beatles' breakup)
    But the mother and child reunion is only a motion away (john and yoko marriage and subsequent life together)
    oh little darling of mine (here comes the sun)
    I can;t for the life of me remeber a sadder day (the break up)
    I know they said let it be (they being the Beatles)
    but it just don't work out that way
    and the course of a life time runs over and over again.

    I just can't believe it's so,
    and though it seems strange to say
    I've never been lad so low
    in such a mysterious way ( about the shock and sense of loss at the Beatles break up)
    papkeron January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRegarding the musicians on this track, Paul Simon was so embarrassed at the feeble attempt at "white reggae" that he had previously written in the form of "Why Don't You Write Me" that he decided to go to Jamaica and record this track using genuine reggae musicians. Only the piano and backing vocalists were added afterwards in the USA.
    butterfingersbeckon March 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn re: to Paul Simon's Mother and Child Reunion... I’m positive this isn’t Paul Simon’s interpretation…but I’ve always (since the ‘70’s) interpreted the song in a personal way. I was adopted over 60 years ago in a closed record state…and, after a long and convoluted search, I did find my birth mother in 2007. She requested no contact. This year she passed away without me ever talking with her, or seeing her. It was indeed a sad and mournful day.
    IClaudiaon October 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard paul simon first heard the phrase "mother and child reunion" in a diner.it was the name given to chicken and egg soup
    larryroberts32on November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy mom loves this song, its like my mom and grandma\'s song
    angeleyes07on April 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea the egg and chicken is true he said it himself...as for the song most of it was made up on the spot. He said that he just let the musicans play and all he had was the chorus in a rolling stones interview in the 70's
    chunkymonkey102on July 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti recently read that the song is about paul simon writing the song for a friend whos child die and it was to help they recoup saying that there will be a reunion and its only a motion or moment away so dont worry because you will see your loved one once again
    chunkymonkey102on December 28, 2005   Link

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