At the age of 75, Paul Simon is currently wrapping up his latest big tour for his 2016 album, Stranger to Stranger. But last night, the music legend found time to stop by “Stephen Colbert’s Late Show” to perform some of his new music. Simon is no stranger to comedy, as he’s hosted SNL four times with another six cameos over the years. Simon and Colbert filmed a skit that centered around Paul’s distaste for one of his old classics…
If your childhood was anything like mine, your mom was a big Simon & Garfunkel fan and thus, you learned every word to “Scarborough Fair / Canticle” and “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her” from the backseat of her car. When she was in the mood for something a tad more upbeat, surely “Cecilia” would come on, or your favorite, “The 59th Street Bridge Song.”
One listen to that song today, and you’re instantly brought back to simpler times, whether that be your own childhood or 1966 when Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was first released. Obviously it’s an extremely dated song with the refrain literally being “Doot-in doo-doo, feelin’ groovy / Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy,” but that’s part of its charm.
But in 2017, “when we might get bombed by North Korea,” as Colbert sings. Or as Simon points out, “the Artics melting, the seas are boiling,” the carefree nature of the classic just doesn’t land as effectively.
Later in the show as Simon sat down with Colbert, he discussed rerecording some of his older material for a new album as well as donating all the proceeds from his current tour to a biodiversity foundation.
Lastly, for the first time live, he performed “Questions For The Angels” with Bill Frisell, a track from his 2011 album So Beautiful Or So What. Watch it all below: