Songs of America

I blame Paul Simon. It’s all very well being one half of Simon and Garfunkel – well, one third of Simon and Garfunkel actually because Art was twice as tall – but some things are unforgivable.
- Gary Slater (x)



A hysterical non-song by Paul Simon.  There are two versions of this song; the first is subtitled “Or How I Was Lyndon Johnson’d Into Submission" and is from the Paul Simon Songbook.  Its arrangement is cruder (just guitar), but the lyrics are funnier. In that version, the line above goes “…mothered, fathered, aunt & uncled, Tom Wilson’d, Art Garfunkel’d”.  Tom Wilson is the Columbia Studies producer who overdubbed 12-string guitar, bass and drums (w/o Paul or Artie’s knowledge) onto The Sound of Silence, which propelled the song into the mainstream.
In the second version, “Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission" (from Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme), Tom Wilson’s name is replaced by Roy Halee’s, since he was Simon & Garfunkel’s recording engineer.  The song is a cute way of paying homage to the S&G team, while still getting a little dig in about how Artie and Roy sometimes overruled Paul.
I kinda want this on a T-shirt, ha!