158 – Simon & Garfunkel – America (1968)
Written by Paul Simon
Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Roy Halee
Label – Columbia
One of Paul Simon’s greatest song writing achievements captures the optimism and hope of the fulfillment of the mythical American dream, and a dreamlike recollection of a road trip with then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty. The identity crisis he goes through towards the end of the song (“Kathy, I’m lost”,I said,Though I knew she was sleeping.”I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why,” reflects the hollow promise of some sense of worth and belonging that for many is simply unobtainable.