In a Parade

Album: Stranger to Stranger (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • The last song to be recorded for Stranger to Stranger, "In a Parade" is set in an Emergency Room. The title character from "Street Angel" pops up again in this song, this time being treated for schizophrenia, rather than as the street spiritual visionary of the other track.

    Diagnosis: schizophrenic
    Prognosis: guarded
    Medication: Seroquel
    Occupation: Street Angel


    It is the first time in Paul Simon's career, that he introduced a character in one song, who reappeared on another track later on the album. "The idea of finishing one song and having the character appear in another song appeals to me," he told Rolling Stone. "I don't see why characters shouldn't appear more than once."

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