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First Drafts - The World of Paul Simon

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Paul Simon  Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard (Demo) [San Francisco 2/71]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  I Am a Rock   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Loves Me Like a Rock (Acoustic Demo)   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  Old Friends   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  American Tune (Unfinished Demo)   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Duncan (Demo) [San Francisco 2/71]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Born At the Right Time (Acoustic Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Homeless (Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Take Me to the Mardi Gras (Acoustic Demo)   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Rene and George Magritte With Their Dog After the War (Acoustic Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Kathy's Song   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Let Me Live In Your City (Work In Progress)   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  The Late Great Johnny Ace (Acoustic Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Can I Forgive Him (Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  April Come She Will   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  Patterns   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Train In the Distance (Acoustic Demo) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  A Poem On the Underground Wall   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Leaves That Are Green   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Shelter of Your Arms (Work-In-Progress) [Bonus Track]   buy on itunes

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If you ever wanted to burrow into a Hall of Fame songwriter's brain to discover how his songs evolve from blank page to brilliant performance, our First Drafts playlist grants you that ultra-rare peek behind the curtain. The first released version of Simon's jaw-jutting declaration of independence, "I Am a Rock," is essentially completely formed, just a couple of production tweaks — and an Art Garfunkel harmony — away from the song we all know and love. In Simon's demo for Graceland's African odyssey, "Homeless," he lays out a multi-tracked, Paul-on-Paul vocal roadmap that guest stars Ladysmith Black Mambazo would later set aflame in the studio. And a couple of songs-in-progress from 1973's There Goes Rhymin' Simon take very different paths: while the wistful melancholy of "American Tune" needs just a few key lyrics to fill in the ooohs, the laid-back lusciousness of "Let Me Live In Your City" gets retooled from the chorus up on its way to becoming "Something So Right." But don't stop there; we're bringing you some of your favorite Paul Simon songs . . . like you've never heard them before.
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