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Album: Here Comes Rhymin' SimonReleased: 1973Charted:
This is one of Simon's more spiritual songs - it's about a mother's love. Note that Paul Simon was the rare songwriter who used "rock" to mean a piece of stone rather than a musical form. He did the same thing on one of his first songs, "I Am A Rock
Background vocals were provided by a popular gospel group called The Dixie Hummingbirds, which formed in the 1930s. They released their own version of the song later in 1973 on their album We Love You Like A Rock, and toured with both Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. A few years earlier, The Staple Singers made the transition from gospel to pop, but The Dixie Hummingbirds didn't catch on with a wider audience.
Here Comes Rhymin' Simon was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
The line about the president and "the minute the Congress calls my name" seemed, however intentionally, to resonate with the big news story of the day - the Watergate investigation that brought down president Richard Nixon in disgrace.
The O'Jays do a cover of this song in the movie The Fighting Temptations