I can hear the soft breathing
Of the girl that I love
As she lies here beside me
Asleep with the night

And her hair, in a fine mist
Floats on my pillow
Reflecting the glow
Of the winter moonlight

She is soft, she is warm
But my heart remains heavy
And I watch as her breasts
Gently rise, gently fall

For I know with the first light of dawn
I'll be leaving
And tonight will be
All I have left to recall

Oh, what have I done?
Why have I done it?
I've committed a crime
I've broken the law

For twenty-five dollars
And pieces of silver
I held up and robbed
A hard liquor store

My life seems unreal
My crime an illusion
A scene badly written
In which I must play

Yet I know as I gaze
At my young love beside me
The morning is just a few hours away


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"Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentJust reading this makes me want to die.
    Demolitionon July 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSimon wrote about breasts alot.

    He likes breasts.
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on September 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I heard this song for the first time it reminded me very much of the scene of Romeo & Juliet, in which Romeo has to leave Juliet's bed by morning because he has been banished for killing Tybalt. It seemed like such a similar situation that I wondered if it was a deliberate subtle reference, especially when it speaks of a "scene badly written in which I must play". It is indeed a horrible and unreal-feeling situation, and the song is a powerful allegory.
    lioncrabon July 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think it's an allegory for anytime I do something I should not have done (or vice versa), or for any other reason that I might not be looking forward to tomorrow. But while the sun is still hidden, and "... she lies here beside me Asleep with the night", sadness cannot touch me.
    "Yet I know as I gaze
    At my young love beside me,
    The morning is just a few hours away."
    mjhon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthow hard must be for someone to do something REALLY REALLY stupid without realizing consequences. In this case, the dude will lose the girl due to a crime commited. However, the whole song is about time going away, time that never comes back, the time left till the morning, the time spent with her: the whole present time.
    miguel82on December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with demolition, what a horrible feeling this song evokes.
    misterLonelyon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with demolition, what a horrible feeling this song evokes.
    misterLonelyon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust reading the comments to Bleecker Street, and it said something about the "30 dollars pays you rent" line being a reference to the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas.

    Twenty five dollars is conspicuously short, but there are pieces of silver involved too?
    vegetariancannibalon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me, this song is an amazingly evocative and melancholic description of being in love but having to be parted with your lover for a significant amount of time. It has such a feeling of stillness, as if he is wishing that time would really just stand still in this moment.
    samberr33on December 16, 2008   Link

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