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  1. Kathy's Song

From the album The English Lament

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Words & Music by Paul Simon

This was the first song I ever learned to fingerpick on a guitar, and the first Paul Simon song I ever sang in public back in the late 60s. It was born out of Simon’s infatuation with the English Folk music scene of the mid-60s. Kathy Chitty is an English woman who Paul Simon met and fell in love with when he came to live in England in 1964. They met at the Railway Inn Folk Club in Brentwood, Essex where she worked on the door. She is referred to directly or indirectly in at least four of Simon’s songs, and this one was on the album The Paul Simon Songbook, and she’s pictured with Simon on the cover. They split up in 1965 when he returned to the US to cash in on the success of Sound of Silence and she would not go with him.

Lyrics

Words & Music by Paul Simon

I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls

And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies

My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day

And a song that I was writing is left undone
I don't know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can't believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme

And so you see I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone, without beliefs
The only truth I know is you

Instrumental

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I

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