A Poem on the Underground Wall Lyrics

Simon & Garfunkel


album: Track 11 in album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
release date: 1966-10-10
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length: 1:57
composer: Paul Simon
lyricist: Paul Simon

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The last train is nearly due,
The underground is closing soon,
And in the dark deserted station,
Restless in anticipation,
A man waits in the shadows.

His restless eyes leap and scratch,
At all that they can touch or catch,
And hidden deep within his pocket,
Safe within its silent socket,
He holds a colored crayon.

Now from the tunnel's stony womb,
The carriage rides to meet the groom,
And opens wide and welcome doors,
But he hesitates, then withdraws
Deeper in the shadows.

And the train is gone suddenly
On wheels clicking silently
Like a gently tapping litany,
And he holds his crayon rosary
Tighter in his hand.

Now from his pocket quick he flashes,
The crayon on the wall he slashes,
Deep upon the advertising,
A single worded poem comprised
Of four letters.

And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding
The poem across the tracks rebounding
Shadowed by the exit light
His legs take their ascending flight
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night.

Track Listing

  • 1 Scarborough Fair / Canticle
  • 2 Patterns
  • 3 Cloudy
  • 4 Homeward Bound
  • 5 The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
  • 6 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
  • 7 The Dangling Conversation
  • 8 Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall
  • 9 A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission)
  • 10 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  • 11 A Poem on the Underground Wall
  • 12 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night