"Cecilia" as written by and Paul Simon....
Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home

Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
Come on home

Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia
Up in my bedroom (making love)
I got up to wash my face
When I come back to bed someone's taken my place

Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
Come on home

Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba

Jubilation
She loves me again
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

Jubilation
She loves me again
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

Whoah-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Whoah-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Whoah-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Whoah-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh


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"Cecilia" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +3
    General Commentmy mother used to sing this to me, but instead of "making love" she would sing "making lunch" that made the face washing thing more understandable...i always imagined pb&j
    CecilaDarlingon November 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPaul Simon is too much of a sophisticated artist to write a song simply about a hooker or some slut. Read the lyrics again keeping in mind that St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music. Takes on a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Much more fitting of Paul's spectacular artistry.
    VikingLokion August 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEven though it makes the song seem more shallow and typical, I kind of like the 'love story' interpretation better. It makes the song much sweeter that way.
    pooperscooperon May 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have always taken this song to be about his relationship with his music, with the dating type relationship as a well placed metaphor. (taking "Cecilia" as a religious refference to St Cecilia, the patron saint of music; a catholic figure- taking note also that it is quite common to find religious refferences in Simon and Garfunkel's music)
    bettysublime4on June 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song does reference St. Cecilia and describes Simon's frustration with his muse leaving him and his jubilation upon her return.
    benriceon April 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song obviously states that this is one ROCKY relationship! I think it means that Cecilia doesnt know what to do. One minute, she is with him and then another minute she isnt. Its breaking his heart because he loves her and badly wants her. In the end all is well and she stays with him..but how long will that hold up for?
    whimsical*on July 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absoloutley adore this song and even sometimes connect it with my love. The main message I get out of it is that he loves this girl and thinks she loves him back. However the girls afraid of getting too close and has to be distant which makes Paul think she doesn't love him. The intensity of it all is driving him crazy.. ''Jubilation, she loves me again. I fall on the floor, and I'm laughing.''
    Badfish_138on January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti never knew about st. cecilia, but it makes sense. i'm a little disappointed, because i always thought it was just a bittersweet song about someone who'd cheated and come back. but i do like that it has multiple levels and works on both.
    suckswhenon July 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI interpret this as a meesage as to how relationships can change so quickly- just while you are washing your face.
    FanOfToddR.on May 02, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningDelightfully playful song about love lost and the joy of reunification.
    elh2780on June 10, 2017   Link

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