Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

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Over a decade before ‘Englishman In New York’, and nearly two before Sting sang ‘Shape Of My Heart’, Paul Simon was using similar chords, arrangements and a much larger slab of humour when explaining there must be ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’. From his album Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon would also favour a classic percussion intro rather than the more righteous acoustic intro favoured by the Geordie. Written after Simon’s divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song’s advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship is intentionally upbeat.

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3 thoughts on “Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

  1. GlennVU says:

    This song is so timeless! Love it. Thanx for sharing!

  2. Nick Poole says:

    Ah, happy days! Always sung in my house, for some unknowable reason, as ’50 ways to leave your mother’. Try it. The lyrics take on a whole new dimension…

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