I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty-two now but I won't be for long
Time hurries on
And the leaves that are green
Turn to brown
And they wither in the wind
And they crumble in your hand
Once my heart was filled with the love of a girl

I held her close but she faded in the night
Like a poem I meant to write
And the leaves that are green
Turn to brown
And they wither with the wind
And they crumble in your hand
I threw a pebble in a brook
And watched the ripples run away

And they never made a sound
And the leaves that are green
Turn to brown
And they wither iwith the wind
And they crumble in your hand
Hello, hello, hello, hello
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
That's all there is
And the leaves that are green
Turn to brown

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Leaves That Are Green Lyrics as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentEverything that is alive must die..hello hello, goodbye
    feelingroovy311on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPassage of time, a lost love, and young turns to old.
    jessyon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:-)
    bayberry_moonon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how ironic this song is, like most of Simon and Garfunkels songs. They sound so bright and cheery, yet they're so depressing. The first stanza says that I'm 21, but I'll just be 22 & life will go quickly then you'll die. Second, how he loved someone, then they left & now his life is "crumbled."Third, how life is "rippling". 4th, how that the end is here... yeah good song
    Raven_Ladyon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI only found out recently that Billy Bragg had nicked the first 2 lines from Paul Simon. An admirer of Mr Bragg as I am, I think these lyrics belong in this song far more than they do in "A New England".
    The only criticism I would give is that the music is a little too "happy" for the lyrics, and doesn't give much sense of the mood, which I think should be, at best, melancholy. After all, getting old is pretty depressing!
    "Hazy Shade Of Winter" perfectly describes the life process and its music sets the exact scene whereas the music and lyrics seem to contradict themselves in this song.
    Bratton July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs. I love the line, "I threw a pebble in a brook and watched the ripples run away and they never made a sound." It just shows how something that causes a stir can be barely noticed in the grand scheme of things.

    I may stand alone, but I don't think this song sounds too cheery. I think it sounds more bittersweet, which definately fits the lyrics. Even though it's sad to lose a love and grow old, it's just a part of life and there are a lot of good things that happen along the way. Wow, I'm starting to get all emotional now. I should change the song.
    elw1315on August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSimon and Garfunkel alone has proven that such a delivery of terribly sad lyrics is extremely effective, perhaps more so than if it were sung in a sad tone. It kills me.
    GlassInTheStreeton November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe tone and meaning have nothing to do with eachother, Simon proves time and time again that it doesn't have to be
    vaineron May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHello Hello Hello,
    Good Bye Good Bye Good Bye.
    That's all there is.
    EPIC . So simple yet a masterpiece. I can listen to it a million times and not get tired of it.
    Its all about the passage of time, the many ups and downs in life and it's logical end. The nostalgia is so soothing to deal with at times. Thoughts, feelings and reminiscence of the past are sometimes worth a billion dollars and finally the end itself is so very predictable.

    - Kaleidoscope :)
    Raajon April 26, 2014   Link

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