Richard Cory Lyrics

Simon & Garfunkel


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Paul Simon
album: Track 7 in album Sounds of Silence
release date: 1966-1-17
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
length: 2:58
producer: Bob Johnston
lyricist: Edwin Arlington Robinson
composer: John Woods Duke

Cover Art

Simon & Garfunkel Sounds of Silence cover art
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They say that Richard Cory owns one half of this whole town,
With political connections to spread his wealth around.
Born into society, a banker's only child,
He had everything a man could want: power, grace, and style.

But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be
Richard Cory.

The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes:
Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a show.
And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht!
Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he's got.

But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be
Richard Cory.

He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
"Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."

But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be
Richard Cory.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Sound of Silence
  • 2 Leaves That Are Green
  • 3 Blessed
  • 4 Kathy’s Song
  • 5 Somewhere They Can’t Find Me
  • 6 Anji
  • 7 Richard Cory
  • 8 A Most Peculiar Man
  • 9 April Come She Will
  • 10 We’ve Got a Groovey Thing Goin’
  • 11 I Am a Rock