As the conversation went on, Cavett brought up the now-iconic song “Mrs. Robinson” from the soundtrack of The Graduate, to which Simon responded by deconstructing the song musically and lyrically. Cavett then asked Simon what the inspiration was when he was writing the. Simon responded that he normally writes in a stream of consciousness and looks for meanings later.
It’s very pleasurable to write in a stream-of-consciousness style and very often you find that what’s in your mind is relevant although at the moment it doesn’t seem so. And so as I was writing I I had no idea that I would say that but I said ‘Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you’ …then I asked myself later what it meant and I said well it means something. It will mean something.
Originally released January 26, 1970, Simon & Garfunkel's iconic album, BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, celebrates its 50th Anniversary this week. What are some of your favorites from the Bridge album?#BridgeOverTroubledWater #50thAnniversary https://t.co/PlqPSzDfZk
— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) January 24, 2020