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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
." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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. (thanks, Charles - Charlotte, NC, for all above)
The O'Jays do a cover of this song in the movie The Fighting Temptations. (thanks, Dave - Bronx, NYC, NY)
Penny Ford of Snap!
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.