Paul Simon has called the title track to his 1986 album, “Graceland” to be the best song he’s ever written. Considering the man’s catalog that’s one seriously tall order, but his musings on the breakdown of his marriage to Carrie Fisher may well be my personal favorite song from a man who holds a solid spot in my favorites.
“The Mississipi Delta was shining like a National guitar…”
23 years on, and it’s still perfect. Even more perfect is this live rendition from Willie Nelson & Paul that takes the song in a decidedly more Western fashion, but loses none of its impact. Enjoy: