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Paul Simon Speaks Exclusively To Tom Moon About His Songwriting

Q You have always been surgically precise with words. What’s the most important element in your lyric writing?

A I guess clarity is the most important thing, although mystery is pleasurable too. The first line of a song is crucial. Listener attention is probably highest at the first line. I try to make those words interesting enough to keep the listener interested.

Q Like “I met my old lover on the street last night.”

A Yes, a quick image that tells a story or asks a question.

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Paul Simon - Songwriter