Through the corridors of sleep
Past the shadows dark and deep
My mind dances and leaps in confusion.
I don't know what is real,
I can't touch what I feel
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion.

So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall.

The mirror on my wall
Casts an image dark and small
But I'm not sure at all it's my reflection.
I am blinded by the light
Of God and truth and right
And I wander in the night without direction.

So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall.

It's no matter if you're born
To play the King or pawn
For the line is thinly drawn 'tween joy and sorrow,
So my fantasy
Becomes reality,
And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow.

So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall.



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"Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall" as written by Paul Simon

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    General Comment:"The mirror on my wall
    Casts an image dark and small
    But I'm not sure at all it's my reflection.
    I am blinded by the light
    Of God and truth and right"

    Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"?
    idonthaveahomeon February 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'm very surprised a the approach all of the comments above are taking (except for idonthavahome).
    To me, this song is obviously about the existentialist paradox. Paul Simon is not sure that his surroundings are real and must grapple with living a life full of uncertainty. The reference to Plato's allegory of the cave, I think, makes this analysis much more clear.
    robalzimon May 10, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:This song is about depression.. about the sense of tedium in feeling isolated. A motif of dark and rain accentuates the idea of having no direction and no one to run to. Paul Simon was short and dark-haired - "an image dark and small" - but also of course that is a metaphorical phrase. Anyone who's been depressed should be able to relate to this, I think.
    fixableon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Very interesting idea dionthaveahome...I never would have thought of it, but it definitely works.
    To me this song conveys the potential insignificance of our lives (a theme seen in a lot of s&g music). While this is obviously depressing, I think the song is saying that it's important to recognize reality, rather than continuing to pretend.
    Love the line "I can't touch what I feel" - - from a biological standpoint, touching is feeling. However, from an emotional view, feeling is something you can't touch, yet it is what makes our lives what they are.
    Overall, amazing song!
    albinomooseon May 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:It's about choosing happiness and accepting that this means accepting some measure of illusion as well. He goes past those "shadows dark and deep" without entering them. He realizes the facts of the universe that his life will end, flowers bend with the rainfall, and his reflection just shows a small and dark figure. He admits to being blinded and wandering without direction, but he's already demonstrated self-awareness of his self-deception. Whether you're at the top or the bottom of society, you could go to either joy or sorrow, it's all about mindset. So he forms this fantasy, makes it become reality so he can face the world with a smile.
    SusanTheOddon May 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:"my fantasy
    Becomes reality,
    And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow.

    So I'll continue to continue to pretend
    My life will never end,
    And flowers never bend
    With the rainfall."

    Simon is saying that dreams and imagination is what is helping him persist "and face tommorrow", I know I've certainly have felt this way before.
    vaineron May 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Very interesting song

    "My mind dances and leaps in confusion.
    I don't know what is real,
    I can't touch what I feel
    And I hide behind the shield of my illusion."

    His mind is confused, he can't work out what's real, he's feeling things that can't really be touched?
    I suppose feeling something might be more of an emotional feeling, so you can't touch an emotion.
    Or maybe this is some sort of hallucination, like he feels something that isn't really there?
    His illusion could mean he is creating an illusion for himself for other people, or that he's literally seeing illusions created by his mind that dances and leaps in confusion?

    "The mirror on my wall
    Casts an image dark and small
    But I'm not sure at all it's my reflection."

    The mirror might represent other people telling him that he's a certain way, but he's not sure whether that's a true reflection of himself.

    "So my fantasy
    Becomes reality,
    And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow."

    To him a fantasy may seem like reality, he's decided that he must just accept who he is and take things day by day.

    The nice thing about these songs is that the words can have double meanings it seems and are quite open to interpretation.
    pikmindoctoron May 14, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation:Nearly all the comments I read so far are wrong.This is not a song of about the writer. It is his observation on the reality around him. He is writing about nearly every modern man who are an existentialist or atheist. Deep down that is how that is how they feel, if they search deep enough.Is a hopeless existence. That is why existential religion like Buddhism advocate emptiness and abstainance from desire as the answer. He is saying, whatever we try to convince ourselves, life is bigger than us. We needed a higher power. The question we must ask: Is which higher power? Many suggest that their song " Bridge over troubled waters" is in fact a Gospel about "Jesus Christ". Life is too precious not to seek for an answer.
    econgon June 21, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:My first post - please be gentle with me :)

    I see this song as being about acceptance. The two key lines are the title, with it's lead in: "I'll pretend that flowers never bend with the rainfall". Also "And I must be what I must be."

    So, it is a pretence to think that flowers do not bend with the rainfall. And a pretence to think that life does not change us. We bend to life's rainfall, or we break.

    The write is confused about what is real and not, what is right and not, even what is important or not. But he accepts the confusion as part of the human condition and will move forward in that confusion, knowing that the confusion is a part of him too.

    Blu X
    Bluluon November 29, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:I also want to add, have you noticed the line "so I ll continue to pretend" and also the line from Homeward Boun: "Tonight, I ll sing my songs again, I ll play the game and pretend".
    Interesting use of the word "pretend".
    I mean, in both songs, I believe Simon is trying to tell us he has to act out, like a puppet, an entertainer. Life of the artist, fictitious to the point of depression.
    miguel82on December 31, 2005   Link

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