"Bleecker Street" as written by and Pseu: Jerry Landis Paul Simon....
Fog's rollin' in off the East River bank
Like a shroud it covers Bleeker Street
Fills the alleys where men sleep
Hides the shepherd from the sheep

Voices leaking from a sad cafe
Smiling faces try to understand
I saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand
On Bleeker Street

A poet reads his crooked rhyme
Holy, holy is his sacrament
Thirty dollars pays your rent
On Bleeker Street

I head a church bell softly chime
In a melody sustainin'
It's a long road to Caanan
On Bleeker Street
Bleeker Street

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    General CommentNO comments?! Not ONE? Goodbye cruel world, it's over.

    Lots of obscuring going on here…"voices leaking," shadows touching shadows, the shepherd losing his flock…and lots of religious imagery…Canaan takes on meaning as "the land which is God's gift" and "the place of abundance"…I guess S&G don't see humanity reaching enlightenment any time soon.
    switcherooon March 14, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationObviously a nostalgic ode to New York's Greenwhich Village, which is home to Bleeker Street. This was the artsiest ("a poet reads crooked rhymes") and grimiest neighborhood of the City in their time, probably related to its being the most affordable. "$30 pays your rent."
    elh2780on June 10, 2017   Link
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    General CommentHey, be gentle. Maybe some of us were waiting for the fourth season of Mad Men to come up cheap at Target. ;)

    I was half-paying attention during the end credit roll of 'The Suitcase' and thought I misheard the "saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand" line. It's obviously a strong indictment of my musical taste that I didn't hear this song until now, but I liked that an intelligible lyric was able to catch me that way as I passed between rooms. It's mood over meaning, but then this tune's been lonely on here for some time.
    Mnemonicaon April 02, 2012   Link

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