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Paul Simon – Love & Blessings lyrics

Love and blessings
Simple kindness
Fell like rain on thirsty land
Fields and gardens
Long abandoned
Came to life in dust and sand

Lover's lips sweet as honey
Touched as if old love was new
Banker's pockets overflowing with gold and money
Prophesies of wealth come true

Ain't no song like an old song, Charlie
There ain't no song like an old song,
There ain't no time like a good time Charlie
Ain't no times like the good times, Charlie


Everywhere you look anywhere you go
Everybody working for the
Can't get enough of the

If the summer kept a secret
It was heaven's lack of rain
Golden days and amber sunsets
Let the scientists complain
Came the autumn, drained of color
Ghosts in the water beg for more
Maple trees just a little bit duller
Than the memory of the year before

In a word, or in an image
Something called me from my sleep
Love and blessings
Simple kindness
Ours to hold but not to keep

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  • u
    "love and blessings" are the most important things in life. --and always very needed every where in every sphere of life. "bop-bop-a-whoa" of course is money we all get caught up working for on a tread mill. Never enough. "heaven's lack of rain" "scientists complain" could be global warming mentioned by kmeyer1661. Sounds about right as a result of residue from money making schemes. "something called me from my sleep" is our eyes opening once again to the realities of what is really important in life which is "love and blessings"
    "ours to hold but not to keep" means we can enjoy "love and blessings" yet we need to share them as we give them away. The most important things in life are free! --and beautiful!
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  • k
    I think the "scientists be complaining," is the discussion of global warming.
    It's poetry, not super literal. . Anyway, the maple trees be just a bit duller than the year before, " I think he's referring to the color not being as vivid. Due to the lack of water. Dry season, brings dryer duller color in the trees. Being, "called from his sleep, " is waking from a nightmare. I think the song is just about being kind to one another, and the "simple kindness, " goes along way in this human chaos.
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