"Fakin' It" as written by and Paul Simon....
When she goes, she's gone.
If she stays, she stays here.
The girl does what she wants to do.
She knows what she wants to do.
And I know I'm fakin' it,
I'm not really makin' it.

I'm such a dubious soul,
And a walk in the garden
Wears me down.
Tangled in the fallen vines,
Pickin' up the punch lines,
I've just been fakin' it,
Not really makin' it.

Is there any danger?
No, not not really.
Just lean on me.
Takin' time to treat
Your friendly neighbors honestly.
I've just been fakin' it,
I'm not really makin' it.
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it.

Prior to this lifetime
I surely was a tailor
I own the tailor's face and hands.
I am the tailor's face and hands and
I know I'm fakin' it,
I'm not really makin' it.
This feeling of fakin' it
I still haven't shaken it.


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"Fakin' It" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentThis is one of my fave songs from the album. I took the effort to learn to play/sing it on guitar; maybe I'll brush it up!
    The hero of this song is Simon's "Walter Mitty," albeit with a different tack. Simon is more than a Thurber; he's a Joyce. He's a master at capturing people's inner dialogs; this song is the lament of a feign man. He's failing at romance, and tries to convince himself he's granting the object of his affections her freedom. He's ill at ease in the natural world (garden). He has "bulwark" fantasies, interlaced with good-ol'-joe salt-o'-the-earth fantasies. He finally resorts to a past-life fantasy. Is it real? Or is this just "higher and deeper?" is the very act of scrabbling to escape reality by indulging fantasies this fellow's trap?
    razajacon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like the poor guy's been walked all over. Yes, it makes sense that he's indulging in a fantasy.
    Thymeon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe bit about being a tailor came to Paul Simon in the middle of a "hash reverie," as he put it. It occurred to him that, had he lived in an earlier time, he would most likely not be a musician. He would have a regular job, and he fancied that he would have been a tailor. Afterward, his father mentioned to him that his grandfather or great-grandfather had been a tailor, and his name was also Paul Simon. Also, this song is my favourite. Art's harmonies under the verses... oh my.
    fixableon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe part with the woman saying "good morning" just makes me crack up...I have no idea why...her voice reminds me of something, or something...
    WillyWiluhpson August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe part about having an unreasonable fear of the "garden" or the world around him reminds me of a play by Tennessee Williams called "Out Cry" where the two characters were also afraid to go out of their "house." Williams was going through a depressing time in his life when he felt the same way as his characters. When I feel the same way that Williams and maybe Paul Simon felt, it makes me realize how common this fear is.
    When people are not acting like themselves and just "fakin' it," they tend to find it harder to open up, which can even lead to the idea that socializing with the world is a chore. This song just explains it so well!
    hillsofgreengrasson June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song is by the beatles... it just has a similar sound
    komcd27on October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song is by the beatles... it just has a similar sound
    komcd27on October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song sounds like something left off of the "The Graduate" soundtrack. (Director Mike Nichols had asked Simon to contribute new music to the film, and he wound up rejecting some songs.) It just fits the overall vibe of the movie, and the character Elaine.

    I think Paul Simon added the bit about the tailor for the "Bookends" album, to make it more personal. Otherwise, I don't feel like this was a confessional song about himself.
    bingoboyon March 18, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI know I'm fakin it. I'm not really makin it. This feeling of fakin it, I still haven't shaken it.

    Classic "imposter's syndrome".
    elh2780on June 10, 2017   Link

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