Richard Cory

Album: Sounds of Silence (1966)
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  • They say that Richard Cory
    Owns one half of this whole town
    With political connections
    To spread his wealth around
    Born into society, a banker's only child
    He had everything a man could want
    Power, grace, and style

    But I work in his factory
    And I curse the life I'm living
    And I curse my poverty
    And I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Richard Cory

    The papers print his picture
    Almost everywhere he goes
    Richard Cory at the opera
    Richard Cory at a show
    And the rumor of his parties
    And the orgies on his yacht
    Oh, he surely must be happy
    With everything he's got

    But I, I work in his factory
    And I curse the life I'm living
    And I curse my poverty
    And I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Richard Cory

    He freely gave to charity
    He had the common touch
    And they were grateful for his patronage
    And they thanked him very much
    So my mind was filled with wonder
    When the evening headlines read
    "Richard Cory went home last night
    And put a bullet through his head"

    But I, I work in his factory
    And I curse the life I'm living
    And I curse my poverty
    And I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Oh, I wish that I could be
    Richard Cory Writer/s: Paul Simon
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 9

  • Cory Richards from Here's To You, Mr. Robinson"Richard Cory"
    BY EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,
    And he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in his place.
    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.
  • Ani from UkBased on a poem about a man called Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cory
  • David from Lawrence, MaCorrection to the post by Alan, Valdosta, GA. Paul McCartney does not sing Richard Cory on Wings Over America. Denny Laine (former lead singer of the Moody Blues prior to Days of Future Passed) sings it.
  • Breanna from Henderson, NvAwesome song, one of Simon and Garfunkel's best, like at first you think it's a cheery song, then you get to the part where he put a bullet through his head! Great song.
  • Drew from B'ham, AlDon't forget another distinction: Richard Cory was a fairly generous friend to man & the "most peculiar man" was entirely unfriendly.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyThe line "And my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines said/ "Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head" makes me think of the Post.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyOn the "Sounds of Silence" album, Richard Cory is followed immidiately by A Most Peculiar Man, another song about suicide. The "most peculiar man" is almost the exact opposite of Richard Cory - he is anonymous and unimportant. His death didn't make headlines. The world will soon forget him. It is an interesting juxtaposition to hear these songs back to back.
  • Alan from Valdosta, GaPaul McCartney and Wings did a cover of this song on their Wings Over America concert triple-album. In this cover version McCartney sings "Oh, I wish that I could be, oh I wish that I could be, Oh I wish that I could be .... John Denver!"
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis song made me think about "what is happiness" and how you're responsicle for your own happiness when I was 12 years old. Thank you, Tom & Jeff!
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