I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls

And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies

My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day

And a song I was writing is left undone
I don't know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can't believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme

And so you see I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone without beliefs
The only truth I know is you

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I


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"Kathy's Song" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +7
    General Commentfavorite line.. "there but for the grace of you go I" we're all like drops of rain, can you imagine findinig someone who makes your life more than just a weary path to death?
    p_k_roozon March 01, 2007   Link
  • +6
    General CommentWhatever partners Kathy had after Paul must have felt pretty inadequate listening to this.
    bearhugon July 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentmost beautiful paul simon song i have ever heard.
    findsomepeaceon August 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentKathy also appears in the song "America," riding the bus and hitchiking around the country with Simon.
    Jerrybearon April 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song thrusts a hand down my throat grabs my heart and pulls it out... I should have known his song for more of my life. i've known Simon & Garfunkel for some forty years but Kathy's Song for only nine months - how is that. It means more every time I listen... I have cried in more places listening to this than I care to mention and I don't care. Quite the most simply beautiful song ever written ad there are a lot of beautiful songs, and songwriting is not a competition.

    So here I am again sitting in a quite ordinary hotel lobby with a drink, catching up on some personal admin and convulsing with emotion as the song plays.........
    thebigblackandwhiteon November 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomehow I'm just hearing this song for the first time today. What a bright spot in what has been a very crazy time in the world. I couldn't help but think of one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes as I read the lyrics:

    "I to the world am like a drop of water
    That in the ocean seeks another drop,
    Who, falling there to find his fellow forth -
    Unseen, inquisitive - confounds himself."

    I feel like that is such a great comparison to Simon's lines:

    "And as I watch the drops of rain
    Weave their weary paths and die
    I know that I am like the rain"

    That last line: "There but for the grace of you go I" brings that all together so well. This is now my very favorite lyric.
    icarusrisingon October 01, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul Simon apparently wrote this about a woman he met while touring England. As love songs go, it is one of the best. More specifically, it is written for someone, just like George Harrison's "Something" and John Denver's "Annie's Song." Whoever Kathy is, she can be proud that Simon regards her as the "only truth" he knows. It is possibly the most profoud lines ever sung, in my opinion.
    Erneston June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wrote this while in England actually he said that himself, and he just wrote in the perspective of a lost love but was actually dating Kathy at the time.
    sebastianquilton April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbefore paul & art really gained any recgnition in the US, they had been touring in europe for a while. while in london, they were both playing outside for kicks on the street during some evenings. a girl they were friendly with, named kathy would stand with them, and would frequently hold out a hat collecting money from passerbys.
    Searchin4AnimalChinon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the first S&G songs I really loved, after "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Compared to that song, "Kathy's Song" is simple, straightforward and expresses love in a subtle and wonderful way. As you listen to it, sometimes it seems more as if it's spoken, rather than sung. You can almost picture Paul speaking these lyrics to Kathy over the phone, across the sea.
    storysongmanon January 06, 2005   Link

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