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Simon and Garfunkel: Homeward Bound

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: heading home in two-part harmony…

For over forty years, across breakups, reunion concerts, and solo tours, “Homeward Bound” has remained one of Simon and Garfunkel’s most endearing hits. Oddly enough, however, while the song was also popular in England, it did not appear on the British version of the album! This seems not to have been censorship, but rather a beauracratic, or perhaps technical decision. In fact, other songs on the album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme” were far more politically subversive, such as “How I Was Robert MacNarmara’d into Submission,” or the album’s haunting coda, in which the duo sing “Silent Night” over a new broadcast relating the death toll in Vietnam. The album takes its title from the lyrics to “Scarborough Fair,” an English folksong dating from the 16th century.

Music Heard On This Episode

Paul Simon: Homeward Bound
Simon and Garfunkel — Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (Sony, 2001)
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Paul Simon: Homeward Bound
Simon and Garfunkel — Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (Sony, 2001)
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