My good friend Karyl recently loaned me Paul Simon's newest CD, Surprise. I've had a thing for Paul for a long time, probably since the first time I heard Cecelia in junior high. I own a good few of his albums. After listening to this CD a few times, I told Steve that it was ok, but that I didn't understand the lyrics. Steve cocked his eyebrow and asked who ever understands Paul Simon's lyrics? Not me. Not since Cecelia.
Paul Simon is searching for something, that much is evident in Surprise. In the midst of some crazy analogies and obscure references, he throws in phrases like, "Who's gonna love you when your looks are gone? God will. Like he waters the flowers on your window sill," and "My children are laughing, not a whisper of care. My love is brushing her long chestnut hair. I don't believe a heart can be filled to the brim then vanish like mist as though life were a whim." My favorite is Everything About it is a Love Song. In this tune, Paul brushes over scenes of nature, and he ends with,
"The Earth is blue. And everything about it is a love song, everything about it is a love song."
Yes, it is a love song, Paul. To a Creator God who sings love songs to you, in return.
The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge. Psalm 19:1,2