Like A Poem Poorly Written..."Like a poem poorly written
We are verses out of rhythm,
Couplets out of rhyme,
In syncopated time
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
Are the borders of our lives."
(Excerpts from 'The Dangling Conversation' by Simon & Garfunkel)
Who would have thought that a relationship on the verge of breakdown could be made to seem more beautiful and romantic than a relationship in full bloom. Simon & Garfunkel did exactly that in one of the most beautiful songs of all time 'The Dangling Conversation'. Though Paul Simon rated this composition along the likes of masterpieces as 'The Sound of Silence', he was a bit disappointed that this song did not reach the success he intended it to reach.
"And we sit and drink our coffee
Couched in our indifference,
Like shells upon the shore
You can hear the ocean roar"
I have never been a relationship myself, let alone a relationship that is breaking apart, but I don't know why this song feels so intimate. Paul Simon has done the wonders of making emotional inertness seem so emotional.
"It's a still life water color,
Of a now late afternoon,
As the sun shines through the curtained lace
And shadows wash the room."
The lyrics paint a picture so vivid that the mere act of closing your eyes teleports you to an old white cottage where the two protagonists, on a lazy evening, are trying to soak their mutual indifference in the poems of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. How beautifully has the warmness of the scene been juxtaposed with the coldness in their relationship.
This is definitely my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song, do give it a chance if you haven't already.