Hearts And Bones

Album: Hearts And Bones (1983)
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  • One and one-half wandering Jews
    Free to wander wherever they choose
    Are traveling together
    In the Sangre de Christo
    The Blood of Christ Mountains
    Of New Mexico
    On the last leg of a journey
    They started a long time ago
    The arc of a love affair
    Rainbows in the high desert air
    Mountain passes
    Slipping into stone
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones

    Thinking back to the season before
    Looking back through the cracks in the door
    Two people were married
    The act was outrageous
    The bride was contagious
    She burned like a bride
    These events may have had some effect
    On the man with the girl by his side
    The arc of a love affair
    His hands rolling down her hair
    Love like lightning shaking till it moans
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones

    Whoa whoa whoa
    She said why?
    Why don't we drive through the night
    We'll wake up down in
    Mexico
    Oh I
    I don't know nothin' about nothin'
    About Mexico
    And tell me why
    Why won't you love me
    For who I am
    Where I am

    He said 'cause that's not the way the world is baby
    This is how I love you baby
    This is how I love you baby

    One and one-half wandering Jews
    Returned to their natural coasts
    To resume old acquaintances
    Step out occasionally
    And speculate who had been damaged the most
    Easy time will determine if these consolations
    Will be their reward
    The arc of a love affair
    Waiting to be restored
    You take two bodies and you twirl them into one
    Their hearts and their bones
    And they won't come undone
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bones
    Hearts and bonesWriter/s: PAUL SIMON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 6

  • Rick from Toronto, OnCarrie Fisher says in her one-woman show that this song is about the two of them along with "She Moves On" from Rhythm Of The Saints
  • Mikeymouse from New York, NyMaybe the best song ever !!! :)
    so much honesty and pain coursing through it, and so much awe and respect for love's awesome power.
  • Ron from Denver, CoSome great songs about a marriage and breakup (from his male view) are Tunnel of Love, Two Faces, and Brilliant Disguise from Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love Album. He must have felt some intense guilt when he wrote these songs.
  • Scott from Columbus, OhNewsflash Clive! This song is certainly about marriage. If your a fan of Paul Simons music, I challenge you to describe what he did mean.
    Thier divorce was FINAL in 1984. The judicial system is by far a McDonalds drive thru (as it almost should be here in America).

    In reference to the song "Landslide" Written by Stevie Nicks, she had a vision of where her and Lindsey Buckinham's relationship was moving and wrote a song pretty much describing the downfall of that... and she did it well before they had actually broken ties (or the chains, as it were)

    This song describes more than just the initiation and loss of Carrie Fishers love, but also what he had hoped for.

    Toward the end of the divorce:
    "One and one-half wandering Jews
    Return to their natural courses
    To resume old acquaintances
    Step out occasionally
    And speculate who had been damaged the most
    Easy time will determine if these consolations
    Will be their reward
    The arc of a love affair
    WAITING TO BE RESTORED"

    This a beautiful song, as most of his Paul's songs are.



  • Clive from Llandudno, WalesAs this song was written in 1982 and released in 1983 - it can hardly be about Paul Simon's DIVORCE from Carrie Fisher as they didn't divorce until 1984. It is about their relationship at the point the song was written. It is not a marital song.
  • Sarah from Pensacola, FlThis is the best song ever about the hardships of marriage. "You take two bodies and you twirl them into one/ their hearts and their bones/ and they won't come undone." Even though this song is about divorce, I find something very reassuring in this line.
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