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David Bowie | AMERICA

Concert for New York, october 2001, David Bowie performs the poetic song by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel).David Bowie performance "America", written by Paul Simon, is a song recorded by Simon & Garfunkel. It was included in their album Bookends, released on 3 April 1968, and is notable as one of the few rock records to have a completely unrhymed lyric. The song was released in 1971 as the B-side to "Keep The Customer Satisfied" a US promo-only release. Then as a single in 1972, to coincide with the album Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, and eventually hit #97 on the Billboard Hot 100. The flip side of the single, "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," unexpectedly[by whom?] did much better, reaching #53. The song mentions the cities of Saginaw, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Turnpike. The song describes in first-hand terms with non-rhyming lyrics, the physical and metaphorical journey of two companions in search of the true meaning of America. On a metaphorical level, the lovers' initial hopefulness turns to a sense of angst and maybe sadness. "'Kathy, I'm lost,' I said, though I knew she was sleeping" is a reference to Kathy Chitty, with whom Simon had had a relationship while living in England in 1965. On a more literal level, the song describes a trip east through America which leads to New York City, as Simon's lovers travel from Michigan to Pittsburgh and then onto the New Jersey Turnpike leading to New York City. A memorably minimalist ...

David Bowie, Concert for New York, America, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Live



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