At this time, Wednesday October 13, 2021, marks Paul Simon’s eightieth birthday. The singer, who’s greatest recognized for being one half of the musical duo Simon & Garfunkel, hit a tough patch in 1984 when he was left with no band, and a current divorce from his spouse Carrie Fisher. The star then went on a pilgrimage to Elvis Presley‘s house, Graceland.
The music evokes the ideas and emotions Simon was experiencing throughout his journey to the legendary location.
Talking about his journey to Graceland in 1984, he stated: “I went to Graceland and I did not inform anybody I used to be coming, I did not get any particular therapy.
“I went there walked round and… I used to be unimpressed. Till you end the tour and are available outdoors. After which there’s his grave.” (By way of Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame)
Simon learn Elvis’ grave, which reads: “He had a God-given expertise that he shared with the world. And definitely, he turned most generally acclaimed; capturing the hearts of younger and outdated alike.”
This was sufficient to ship Simon spiralling into his feelings.
Simon continued: “And I simply began to cry, and I assumed it is actually true. This man was beloved by everyone.”
He went on so as to add: “Being within the crowds at Graceland… it is nearly like a non secular factor.”
Simon went on to put in writing the music, Graceland, in addition to ten different songs, all of which finally made his 1986 album of the identical title.
In the course of the music – and the album – Simon recalled his journey to the King’s resting place.
One batch of lyrics croons: “I’ll Graceland, Graceland / Memphis, Tennessee / I’ll Graceland / Poor boys and pilgrims with households / And we’re going to Graceland / My travelling companion is 9 years outdated / He’s the kid of my first marriage / However I’ve purpose to consider / We each will likely be obtained in Graceland.”
The music itself additionally delves into how Simon struggled along with his break up with Fisher.
The pair have been initially married in 1983, shortly after the star had completed filming her third Star Wars film, The Return of the Jedi.
A yr later, in 1984, Fisher and Simon divorced.
Fisher later spoke concerning the music Graceland with Rolling Stone journal.
She stated: “I do just like the songs he wrote about our relationship. Even when he’s insulting me, I prefer it very a lot.”
She added: “In case you’re gonna be insulted, that’s the way in which to go. Graceland has a part of us in it.”
The Graceland album reached primary within the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
It bought greater than 14 million copies worldwide.
The document was later accused of plagiarism from the band the Good Rockin’ Dopsie and the Twisters, in addition to Mexican-American group Los Lobos.