You wake up from sleep. Written by Paul Simon before he hit it big as a musician, the song was offered to the duo Chad and Jeremy, who turned it down. Latin America, in the eighteen hundreds, sought the need for change due to the resentment of the Spanish rule. This and John Lennon's Watching the Wheels, so totally are me. The , the , the of the storm - does it , or does it us, and us? The writter has this feeling through the he has chosen to use, in particular.
General Commentwow talk about over analyzing. The song was very popular there in 1966, but the chart position suffered because the sales of the single were diluted by multiple releases. I am a rock was what he told the world, almost convincing himself. Even know it may not be about this, this is what I take from it. The last two lines explain it; he's not a rock, he's been hurt and has cried, but will pretend not to.
I am a rock, I am an island. General CommentThis song is me. I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor, Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. Elvis was in the army. And a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries.
It was first performed by Simon alone as the opening track on his album which he originally recorded and released in August 1965, only in the. This is okay for a time. This need for a new sound was aptly filled by punk rock, a new type of sound that had evolved from mostly rock and a little pop music. She did not accept a second date. Dotting the shoreless watery wild, We mortal millions live alone. C I have my books F C And my poetry to protect me; Dm G7 C I am shielded in my armor, Dm Em Dm Em Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. I'd be interested to know if the poem did influence the song, but I haven't found any claims backing up that theory.
I can empathise with all the lyrics and how I have created my life with walls and safety. December is only 31 days. I choose to come out of my room at the risk of pain in order that I might also know joy. When this song comes on the radio I listen and sing. . I believe Paul said that at the time he wrote this,he was sick. In canon literature, a good poem is usually that which has fine structure, imagery, meaning and relevance; an art, which has sprung out not only of personal necessities but out of socio-cultural quagmires.
He tried to love and once had friends but was rejected for being different. Loneliness affects everyone at some point in time during their life, and each person handles the feeling in their own way. I build walls, A fortress deep and mighty That none may penetrate. His isolation is saying to everyone that he does not want with him or her. Yes, he's speaking about being a rock but he surely knows it's only a substitute for real human attitude and feelings in times of distress and lonelyness. Paul struggles with both internal and external conflicts, causing him to be quite a puzzling character.
C I am a rock, G C I am an is-land. Simon's voice is the lead on this, but Garfunkel can clearly be heard singing harmony and unison parts. Inpenetrable walls keep unwanted things out: bad feelings, love, etc. I have included them because they played an important role in the transition. It changed the life of millions of young teenagers who felt more connected with Simon's introverted style of music rather than with Bob Dylan's protest music. As he says this, he may as well be crying.
General Commentyou guys are exectly correct. The islands feel the enclasping flow, And then their endless bounds they know. As seniors in 1957, they then started writing their own songs in the Everly Brothers' rock and roll style. I enjoyed this poem because I thought it has a clear, understandable meaning. You need to know what you are closing off.
He wants to be left alone, like. I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain. Simon Bolivar, the revolutionary leader of Latin America, will seek independence from Spain. This single had two incarnations. I have my movies and prizefights to watch. It's far from autobiographical, as Paul Simon was doing his best to write a hit song with this effort, and didn't write it for himself.
The poem talks about people being sick of society, and want to be isolated from it. Are we to sympathise with these feelings or are these the words of an anipathic, Holden Caufield kind of person whom we should despise or mock rather than identify with. He has become infatuated with a girl who goes to his school. I Am a Rock I Am a Rock A winter's day In a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window To the streets below On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. The ending though, seems to me, that is a bit of sadness. Sadly, some stay in their room, never to come out. Simon was the first to use poetry as a style of songwriting, which has been a prominent feature of current songwriters.