"Overs" as written by and Paul Simon....
Why don't we stop fooling ourselves?
The game is over,

No good times, no bad times,
There's no times at all,
Just The New York Times,
Sitting on the windowsill
Near the flowers.

We might as well be apart.
It hardly matters,
We sleep separately.

And drop a smile passing in the hall
But there's no laughs left
'Cause we laughed them all.
And we laughed them all
In a very short time.

Is tapping on my forehead,
Hanging from my mirror,
Rattling the teacups,

And I wonder,
How long can I delay?
We're just a habit
Like saccharin.

And I'm habitually feelin' kinda blue.

But each time I try on
The thought of leaving you,
I stop...
I stop and think it over

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"Overs" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentThis is about being in a relationship/marriage and acknowledging that the magic has long since vanished.
    FelixCloudon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"this is a song that was my favorite song for quite some time. it's from our last LP, the "bookends" album. it's about a point in a relationship when two people realize it's over, and yet neither has any place to go from there. it's called overs." -paul simon in concert

    one of my favorite S&G songs of all time. the guitar is great. paul is great.
    howtobegoodon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe voices are both singing solo verses here, which is relatively strange for S&G, but works very well. One of their most poetic songs, and to think a man who was only in his 20s wrote it.
    Constant refs to time, and I love
    'No good times, no bad times
    There's no times at all just the NY Times'
    Very clever and meaningful lyrics all through, and it kind of starts and ends with the word 'Over' but in different ways.
    Melancholy at its best.
    starangelon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe whole song is a circle: notice "the game is over" line and "I stop and think it over", different meanings for over; as an end and as a start. The whole song is about a dead love, the person knows that, totally, but the end shows a bit of denial towards the end of the relationship.
    I feel bad in some way because I remember showing this song to a friend who was just separated from her husband. A week later, she divorced the guy. Sometimes I think if it was the song that had to do on her decision. :-S
    miguel82on December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song made me finalize the decision to break up with my boyfriend.
    blewperon February 06, 2011   Link

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