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A landmark compilation of popular music, this collection contains Paul Simon’s lyrics from his first album in 1964 to the present, now with 2016’s Stranger to Stranger.

Lyrics 1964–2016 Bleecker Street
Fog’s rollin’ in off the East River bank

Like a shroud, it covers Bleecker Street

Fills the alleys where men sleep

Hides the shepherd from the sheep

Voices leaking from a sad café

Smiling faces try to understand

I saw a shadow touch a shadow’s hand

On Bleecker Street

A poet reads his crooked rhyme

Holy, holy is his sacrament

Thirty dollars pays your rent

On Bleecker Street

I heard a church bell softly chime

In a melody sustainin’

It’s a long road to Canaan

On Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street

From the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

“A pleasure to read straight through, like a novel or abiography.”

– Booklist

“The extent of Mr. Simon’s genius hits you like a shot.... In aHemingway-size fistful of words, he creates a world as precise as any.... Anessential document of arguably the greatest popular songwriter of our time.”

– The New York Observer

“It's almost impossible to read, and not mentally sing, his familiarlines.”

– Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Long overdue, but well worth the wait.”

– Madison County Herald

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