Simon & Garfunkel The Dangling Conversation cover

The Dangling Conversation
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Lyrics and Meaning


Released
November 30, 1981
Genre
Singer/Songwriter
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Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
It's a still life watercolor
Of a now-late afternoon
As the sun shines through the curtained lace
And shadows wash the room
Verse 2
And we sit and drink our coffee
Couched in our indifference, like shells upon the shore
You can hear the ocean roar
Verse 3
In the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs
The borders of our lives
Verse 4
And you read your Emily Dickinson
And I my Robert Frost
And we note our place with book markers
That measure what we've lost
Verse 5
Like a poem poorly written
We are verses out of rhythm
Couplets out of rhyme
In syncopated time
Verse 6
And the dangled conversation
And the superficial sighs
Are the borders of our lives
Verse 7
Yes, we speak of things that matter
With words that must be said
"Can analysis be worthwhile?"
"Is the theater really dead?"
Verse 8
And how the room is softly faded
And I only kiss your shadow, I cannot feel your hand
You're a stranger now unto me
Verse 9
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs
In the borders of our lives

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