Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mother and Child Reunion

Paul Simon released the song Mother and Child Reunion as the lead single on his self-titled album in 1972.  This was Simon’s first single as a solo artist.  The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart.  The song is simple but beautiful.  The lyrics are somewhat haunting.
No, I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be,
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again
And now the inspiration for the song in Paul Simon’s own words: “I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown.  There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion.  It’s chicken and eggs.  And I said, I gotta use that one.”

--Mitchell Hegman

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