What I dream I had
Pressed in organdy
Clothed in crinoline of smoky Burgundy
Softer than the rain

I wandered empty streets
past the shop displays down
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways
As I walked on

And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night
We walked on frosted fields
of juniper and lamplight
I held your hand

And when I awoke and felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair with my grateful tears
Oh I love you girl
Oh I love you

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by goudavieux

"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +5
    General CommentNot sure how people aren't getting this song, but anyway:

    The first three verses describe a 'dream' he had where he'd found this perfect girl and they had an amazing time together just walking around the streets.

    He awakes in the final verse expecting for it to have been wishful dreaming, but he "feels [her] warm and near" and he realises that this amazing love he is dreaming of is when that he has actually got. He kisses her with his "grateful tears" and can then only say "I love you".

    It's a very happy, grateful love song.
    poshboyon June 28, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentpossibly the most beautiful song ever recorded. it is tinged with such sadness that it hurts.

    i believe paul simon said once that the emily of the song isn't a girl he knew, but rather the girl he's been searching for all his life. hence the "whenever i may find her" in the title.
    zygoticmyncion July 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthere is nothing sweeter than the heartfelt words 'i love you' in a song..
    i adore the journey that this song takes you on..
    elishajeanon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe live version of this track makes the studio one a complete non-entity.
    FelixCloudon July 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song, John Frusciante was covering it at a Red Hot Chili Pepper's show and he sang it so beautifully with such passion I almost started crying.
    Love it. No matter who sings it or whatever it means, it's one of my favorite songs of all time
    mayxivon October 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs.....when I hear it I envision pure love....we all have an idea in our heads of what love should be....this song ecompasses that...so beautiful.....kind of like dreaming about a love you have yet to meet
    hippiegrrl79on July 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is an incredible description of a man's vision as to how he will feel when he finds the love of his life, Emily. The songs lyrics express this future event. That someday he will have a dream with incredible warmth that expresses the intense love he has for Emily.

    The songwriters lyrics demonstrate an inital solitude as he walks alone. As Emily runs to him the song emphasizes the simple touch of her hand. This moment, as he walks alone dreaming of love, to suddenly experiencing this love, is where he realizes how blessed he is to have found such profound happiness, with Emily.

    The first stanza describes,metaphorically, Emily. It describes what she is wearing, soft red cotton, (organdy, crinoline, burgundy) and that her presence is soft as the rain. It could also be interpreted as the literal vision of the dream. it is blurry as dreams are. Organdy is transluscent cotton. He sees the dream in a hazy vision like organdy and crinoline. It is dark, like a burgundy, yet feels soft as though something wonderful and calming was going to happen.

    The second stanza describes a solitude and the time he has waited while hoping to find the love of his life.

    The third stanza describes the realization of this love.

    The fourth stanza is the actual reality of the love, a final expression of love for Emily and his grateful feelings, not toward Emily, but toward his God.
    emilysongmon March 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song....The way it is sung is beautiful...
    fairy_of_lighton December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentat the beginning I didnt pay too much attention to this song, though I must say "Emily" is still a beautiful name on a girl -for me- anyhow...on september I met a girl at school named Emily and she is the coolest and prettiest of all. Now, everytime I hear this S&G song, I have to think of her...!! Argh!
    miguel82on December 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is unbelievable. I've never heard the studio version, just the live one, but I am pretty sure that it is impossible for the studio to compare to the live. It's one of the most passionate songs I have ever heard. There's not much complexity to the song. He's just describing a lovely dream he has about the girl he loves. The lyrics and singing are amazing.
    tranquilasadoveon October 22, 2006   Link

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