"Darling Lorraine" as written by and Paul Simon....
The first time I saw her
I couldn't be sure
But the sin of impatience
Said â??She's just what you're looking forâ??
So I walked right up to her
And with the part of me that talks
I introduced myself as Frank
From New York New York
She's so hot
She's so cool
I'm not
I'm just a fool in love with darling Lorraine

All my life I've been a wanderer
Not really, I mostly lived near my parents' home
Anyway Lorraine and I got married
And the usual marriage stuff
Then one day she says to me
From out of the blue
Frank, I've had enough
Romance is a heart breaker
I'm not meant to be a homemaker
And I'm tired of being darling Lorraine

What, you don't love me anymore?
What, you're walking out the door?
What, you don't like the way I chew?
Hey let me tell you
You're not the woman that I wed
You say you're depressed but you're not
You just like to stay in bed
I don't need you darling Lorraine
Darling Lorraine
Lorraine
I long for your love

Financially speaking
I guess I'm a washout
Everybody's buy and sell
And sell and buy and
And that's what the whole thing's all about
If it had not been for Lorraine
I'd have left here long ago
I should have been a musician
I love the piano
She's so light
She's so free
I'm tight, well, that's me
But I feel so good
With darling Lorraine

On Christmas morning Frank awakes
To find Lorraine has made a stack of pancakes
They watch the television, husband and wife
All afternoon â??It's A Wonderful Lifeâ??

What, you don't love me anymore?
What, you're walking out the door?
What, you don't like the way I chew?
Hey let me tell you
You're not the woman that I wed
Gimme my robe I'm going back to bed
I'm sick to death of you Lorraine

Darling Lorraine
Lorraine
Her hands like wood
The doctor was smiling
But the news wasn't good

Darling Lorraine
Please don't leave me yet
I know you're in pain
Pain you can't forget
Your breathing is like an echo of our love
Maybe I'll go down to the corner store
And buy us something sweet
Here's an extra blanket honey
To wrap around your feet
All the trees were washed with April rain
And the moon in the meadow
Took darling Lorraine


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"Darling Lorraine" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentThis is 1 of many of my VERY favorite Paul tunes.

    I actually feel that it's 1 of the most REAL love songs of our time.

    It's not all goo-goo, gah-gah 'oh I'm soooo in love with you' as many love songs are written. I feel that it's actually REAL & a far more realistic & accurate vantage point for the vast majority of real relationships.

    The fact of the matter is that we all wish for fairy tale, epic love story's where we fall in love with and marry our very best friend & ride off into the sunset forever - but that is not often reality.

    We fall in love, start a relationship, get married & over time things evolve & change. People fall in & out of love. That doesn't mean they ever stop loving each other, necessarily, but that love changes over time. Couples argue, cuss & fight doing & saying hurtful things to each other that they don't really mean. They love passionately & fight fiercely, so to speak.

    I feel like the story of Frank & Lorraine is one of 2 average people somewhat out of sorts falling in love & sharing a union & I look at it more as the story of their relationship over many years. They're SO in love & then they HATE each others guts & around & around it goes. But in the end, when she gets sick & dies, Frank is there by her side every step till the very end & anything & everything bad & negative in their past drifts away from memory & he's just so in love with her & all he wants is for her to stay & not leave him because he feels that he'll be lost without her because the roller coaster of their love story is all he's ever known.

    They never had a 'perfect' relationship or a fairy tale life per say, but Lorraine is / was the love of his life at the end of the day.

    Bravo to Paul! Like I said, I really feel that this is 1 of the more realistic love songs of our time. It's deep & passionate & not always pretty - but more true & still such a bittersweet & beautiful love song!
    CAGirlon April 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song, like Girlfriend in a Coma, by the Smiths, is a statement about how we do seem to always hurt the ones we love. We get angry and insults fly, but the thought of losing them tears us apart. I know from personal experience just what he means here. At least I'd like to think I do.
    snugbug79on January 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo why change from first to third person, and only in the 3rd verse? (Could easily have been something like, "On Christmas morning I awake".

    It could lead to the interpretation that "I" am not Frank. So is Frank Lorraine's second? Because then "I" come back...
    StevePon November 11, 2013   Link

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