I’ve got something percolating right now, and will have to wait and see if it’s one post or two… but if it’s one, it’ll be a connection between Simon & Garfunkel and the book of Jeremiah.

In the meantime, I’m still thinking about a question… this is a question I often throw out in a small group of people expecting that it will generate some form of debate, and it somehow just never seems to. Last night we got together with our little simple church group for a Christmas party shindig thing, which wound up sometime on the far side of 1:00AM when half of the each of the three remaining couples had one spouse having fallen asleep and the other engaged in a deep church discussion. Not atypical, I think.

Anyway, the question is this: which was the greater songwriting team, Lennon & McCartney or Simon & Garfunkel? Most people immediately answer Lennon/McCartney, but hear me out on this. Anyone who doesn’t answer immediately is more likely to say Simon and Garfunkel. I suppose it depends on what criteria are used… L/McC seem much more prolific, but they had a longer run as a team. More hits, but more material…. I contend that the odds are therefore stacked in their favour. I further contend that had S/G had the same length of run as a team, they may have seemed just as prolific… but if the criteria is the depth of the lyrics, I say S/G have the lead fairly easily.

Really, just by way of a quick sample, the duo come up with lines like,

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
and tenement halls.”
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

I wouldn’t even want to compare that with

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

‘Nuff said.

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