"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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    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
  • +1
    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
  • 0
    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
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    General CommentI take things at face value but i interpreted this as a guy who falls in love with a girl who is in love with someone else and then the girl falls in love with the original guy.
    Ramagammaon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt does make sense that he would write about St. Cecilia if she is the saint of music, but it seems to me that he is talking about someone that he falls in love with, who then falls in love with someone else, and eventually falls back in love with him. I think hes just using making love as an interpretation of having a deep relationship with someone.
    donuthole4uon March 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI just see it as telling about his relationship with a girl, who constantly is making him question whether she is his girl or not. "you're breaking my confidence daily" - as in, he never knows where he stands with her.
    The frustrations of a relationship! :)
    On a side note, I think this is one of my favorite songs to play on the jukebox at the bar in college. It is a GREAT sing-a-long, clap, stomp song. I love the funky beat at the very beginning. Good times.
    redjelloon April 11, 2003   Link
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    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
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    General CommentI got up to wash my face
    When I come back to bed,
    Someone's taken my place.

    i just dont know how that part fits into the whole idea of cecilia being a muse or somtehing.

    i think its just funny/humorous if the song is about a gang bang or whatever.
    sexy80sbabeon April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand if bob dylan can write "everybody must get stoned," simon&garfunkel can write a song about a hooker, sex, gangbang, whatever.
    sexy80sbabeon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the music scenes... since Cecilia is the saint of music, she could represent the current music of choice by the public. One minute, they love Simon and Garfunkel, but the next minute they're replaced by someone else... but eventually they come back and love S&G again
    thewhitepony33on October 31, 2004   Link

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