Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony


Cover of Paul Simon's One Trick Pony

I’ve been listening to Paul Simon’s 1980 album One Trick Pony at work. It’s quiet, melodic, beautiful and typically clever. It’s also more conducive to systems development than I thought.

AllMusic’s William Ruhlmann dismissed the album as a “disappointment in both artistic and commercial terms” and being lyrically “not up to his usual standard”. I would disagree, with just a few examples.

From “How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns”:

After the rain on the interstate
Headlights slide past the moon

From “Oh, Marion”:

The more I get to thinking;
The less I tend to laugh.

The boy’s got a brain;
He just abstains.

The boy’s got a voice;
But his words don’t connect to his eyes.

From “God Bless the Absentee”:

This country’s changed so fast.
The future is the present;
The present’s in the past.
The highways are in litigation;
The airports disagree.

And the eponymous song, having viewed that One Trick Pony:

He makes me think about
All of these extra movements I make
And all of this herky-jerky motion
And the bag of tricks it takes
To get me through my working day

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