This song can also be interpreted as a goodbye from Paul to Art since Bridge Over Troubled Water
was their last album together. The phrase "I remember the nights we'd harmonize till dawn, I never laughed so long, so long, so long..." The repeated use of "so long" can be interpreted as a goodbye. In an interview in the July 2011 edition of Mojo
magazine Paul Simon said: "Singing that on 'So Long Frank Lloyd Wright' kind of fitted, because Artie had been an architecture student. But I guess the bigger picture was that him flying down to Mexico (to film Catch 22
) was a disappointment I was trying to block out.
When we'd finished work on The Graduate
, Mike (Nichols, director) asked us if we'd like to be in his next movie, Catch 22
, and naturally we were thrilled. Then a few weeks before shooting was due to start, Mike called me up and said, 'Look, the screenplay is so long we're going to have to write your character out. And I guess that means Artie will be out too.' I said, 'No - don't take him out just because I'm out.' So Artie went to Mexico and that was the main reason Simon & Garfunkel broke up. But I think we would have broken up anyway. All duos do. It's just too hard. When one person does all the writing the stress is very difficult to manage."
Kristy - La Porte City, IA