A Hazy Shade of Winter

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were singer-songwriters who helped shape the sound of the 60’s. Fifty-plus years later, I can still recall hearing their songs when they were first launched on the radio.

They were cool, insightful, totally different from what our parents, and even our older siblings, were listening to. Heck, we even had a teacher who let us study their work as poetry in high school.

I got to take my son to their reunion tour years ago, when they played at what was then called the ACC – Air Canada Centre. Still awesome after all those years!

Time, time, time
See what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please

But look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside’s
Bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned
Carry your cup in your hand

And look around you
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend
That you can build them again

Look around
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It’s the springtime of my life

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time?
Funny how my memory skips
Looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

I look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

(Simon & Garfunkel, 1966: https://youtu.be/bnZdlhUDEJo)

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