Paul Simon, Rene and Georgette Magritte (live), Fox Theater (Oakland, CA), August 9, 2019 (HD)

The origins of this next song come from right here in the Bay Area. There used to be… used to be a really great festival that Joan Baez and her sister Mimi ran here called Bread & Roses. And… I was… I was going to do a duet with Joan and we were at her house rehearsing and… during that time, she had to go and like take a phone call or something, and I… I was looking at the books on her shelves and I took down a book of the surrealist painter René Magritte and… leafing through the pages, there was this photograph and the caption said, “René and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war.” And I said, “What a great title for a song.” Except, what… what would that song possibly be about? But, on the other hand, it was a surrealist concept, so… I mean, it’s gonna be, it could be about anything, and… still be okay. And so, I… when I wrote this song, I found myself bringing in the Doo Wop and the R&B groups that I loved so much when I was a kid. The Penguins and the Moonglows and the Orioles and the Five Satins And that’s how this next song was written. This is yMusic.


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