"A Hazy Shade of Winter" as written by and Paul Simon....
Time, time time, see what's become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities

I was so hard to please
Don't look around
The leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside's, there's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned

Carry your cup in your hand
And look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend that you can build them again
Look around
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It's the springtime of my life

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me
At any convenient time?
Funny how my memory skips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime
I look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground
Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground
Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by jimmylegs

"A Hazy Shade of Winter" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentMy analysis is that this song deals with wasted time during "the springtime of my life". Perhaps, the point of view is of someone who is older (in the winter of their life) and is looking with some regrett on choices they made when they were younger.
    thatchinagirlon March 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthatchinagirl's got it right. I wanted to add I particularly like the part where Simon (who no doubt wrote it) writes a B-section which suddenly jumps to another person's inner monologue; a successful artist, who is leisurely leafing through his surfeit material, presumably having published other material; an embarassment of riches. The sense of these people inhabiting separate universes--and the ponderment as to why they do--is a profoundly sad lyrical expression. Simon is posing a spritual puzzle to the listener, challenging us to come to terms with the issue of paucity.
    razajacon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFirst Verse: My life is ending now, and looking back, I realize that I missed out on things I should have done because I was seeking perfect, fool-proof, failure free, guaranteed opportunities.

    Verse 2: Think carefully about the goals you choose to strive for. When you hold your cup out to collect from the world, are your goals only self-serving? Because you would have a more meaningful ride through life if the things you did served to benefit humanity.

    Verse 3: And in striving to serve humanity and better the world in some way, don't Give Up! If things go wrong or seem hopeless, start over even if you just have to pretend that you believe you can succeed in your goals. Start anew and recapture your sense of possibility.

    4th verse: Please learn from my experience that your time will go by and you won't even notice as it's going until it's gone. So think about the things that I've said and please let this advice be the lasting mark I've made on humanity, because I am old and my time and ability to contribute to life in other meaningful ways is over.
    repentant rebelon July 17, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionWhen I hear "carry your cup in your hand" I think of a man in the position of a bewildered tourist watching the scenery fly by while he cluthces onto the mundane, unable to participate fully in the reveries because of his masochistic tendency to self-edit (as suggested in verse 1). The homeless man as narrator angle never occurred to me because the lyrics are completely coherent without it.

    Also, it makes no sense to suggest that someone would have to be elderly dying in order to reflect on the decisions he has made in life. If this were so, how could Simon have had this insight 40+ years ago, and still be touring today?
    pc81on November 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Bangles covered it. I must say I prefer their version aswell :s ! I'm an 80s gal though - but generally the originals are far superior. I can credit the writers on their fantastic lyrics though :]
    butterflykiss84on September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSimon lyrics are pure poetry, and logging on to this site reminds me of every beautiful song he has written. razajac, I haven't heard the B-Side, but now I really want to. It sounds very Simon-esque!
    Have to say that as a young fan, I can't claim to understand the emotions in a lot of his songs, and this is no exception. However, I think thatchinagirl is right about her theory.
    starangelon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just want to say that I don't think it's a jump to another person's "inner monologue" rather looking back at his life when he was young, which kind of works with the next lines "Seasons change with the scenery,Weaving time in a tapestry".
    jimmer-the-greaton January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMeh, I found the Bangles version on Youtube.
    Too harsh.
    vegetariancannibalon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBut the Simon and Garfunkel version is awesome, don't get me wrong...

    Don't you wish they'd add an "edit comment" button?
    vegetariancannibalon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti luh this song.
    halesterron March 28, 2007   Link

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