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Paul Simon — She Moves On
Album: The Rhythm of the Saints
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1645









Released: 1990
Length: 4:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I feel good
It's a fine day
The way the sun hits off the runway
A cloud shifts
The plane lifts
She moves on

But feel the bite
Whenever you believe that
You'll be lost and love will find you
When the road bends
And the song ends
She moves on

I know the reason I
Feel so blessed
My heart still splashes
Inside my chest, but she
She is like a top
She cannot stop
She moves on

A sympathetic stranger
Lights a candle in the middle of the night
Her voice cracks
She jumps back
But she moves on

She says "Ooh my storybook lover
You have underestimated my power
As you shortly will discover"

The I fall to my knees
Shake a rattle at the skies
I'm afraid that I'll be taken
Abandoned, forsaken
In her cold coffee eyes

She can't sleep now
The moon is red
She fights a fever
She burns in bed
She needs to talk so
We take a walk
Down in the maroon light

She says "Maybe these emotions are
As near to love as love will ever be"
So I agree

Then the moon breaks
She takes the corner that's all she takes
She moves on

She says "Ooh my storybook lover
You have underestimated my power
As you shortly will discover"

Then I fall to my knees
I grow weak, I go slack
As if she captured the breath of my
voice in a bottle
And I can't catch it back

But I feel good
It's a fine day
The way the sun hits off the runway
A cloud shifts
The plane lifts
She moves on
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 stangalbraith wrote:
My favorite Paul Simon album of all time. The preceding album, Graceland, achieved more popular success. For me, this one eclipses the high bar set by Graceland. It has more variety, subtlety and grace than Graceland. The richly layered sound is complex and compelling and yet it carries a simple and memorable melody and rhythm in most songs. Thanks Paul for enriching my life with such wonderful music that touches and incorporates influences from around the world.
 
I'll echo everything you said (quietly of course, cuz the song is still playing and I'm jammin') - and I'll go 9 to 10 today....LLRP!!
My favorite Paul Simon album of all time. The preceding album, Graceland, achieved more popular success. For me, this one eclipses the high bar set by Graceland. It has more variety, subtlety and grace than Graceland. The richly layered sound is complex and compelling and yet it carries a simple and memorable melody and rhythm in most songs. Thanks Paul for enriching my life with such wonderful music that touches and incorporates influences from around the world.
THIS COMES ALONG AND everything preceding it sounds and seems lame by comparison... It's really just on another level, I believe.
As much as I mostly don't care for Paul Simon's post-S&G material, I have to admit this is decent.
I love the delicacy of this whole album.
Great song! I think it's a very poetic, ingenious, and accurate description of entangling heart & soul with a person with bi-polar disorder.
She's moved on :(
Stunning, truly stunning.  IMHO.
LizK wrote:

If we are lucky, every morning.

 

absolutely! 
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}
BTW, those buttery guitar lines are by Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini.
 hugogdt wrote:
Paul Simon again this morning?

 
If we are lucky, every morning.
Nice to see the love for this album.  If I was forced to choose a desert island disc, and if I chose this one, I would not look back with regret.
In Carrie Fisher's one woman play that I saw her perform in Berkeley, "Wishful Drinking", she does a family tree history of her life, which includes
 her famous entertainment industry parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. When she gets to Paul Simon she says that "She Moves On" was the song he wrote about their break up.
I enjoy this song as much now as the day it was released. Rhythms, background vocals, lyrics... all good.
Paul Simon again this morning?
I thought "(Don't Want No Part of Your) Crazy Love" on the Graceland album was PS's goodbye to Carrie Fisher.
This whole album has such a smooth, unhurried feel to it. Not quite ambient, since it has a little more pulse. But not as insistent as most music.

A really pleasant groove. 
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
....... what he said
 
Thank you, Peter_Bradshaw!  Hope life is grand for you right now...  everybody at my homeless camp be dancing...
 aspicer wrote:
This song has certainly endured.  As compelling and interesting as when it first came out.  Love it!  Now if we could just get Pablo back to Africa!  ;-)

 
pablo cruz??????///




''' 
kickin' sum butt.........
This song has certainly endured.  As compelling and interesting as when it first came out.  Love it!  Now if we could just get Pablo back to Africa!  ;-)
 Lazarus wrote:

This is a fantastic song...  love it...  love this album...
 

 
....... what he said
 sirdroseph wrote:


Ummmmm I think you need to hear Carrie's side.  Paul has made many a great musical contribution to the world no doubt, but I wouldn't neccessarily want to hang out with him and certainly would not want any woman I know to be in a relationship with him.{#No}

 
{#Yes}    Yes, we have to be careful about automatically siding with the performartist, history has taught that they are usually the abusive ones...
 coloradojohn wrote:
I just love how this talented musical genius man can write and sing about being married to — and hurt by — Carrie Fisher; let's not forget she was Princess Leia at the time — in such a cool, groovy song, and have the guts to share it with us all.  Thanks, Paul, for this and all such peeks into your mind, heart, and soul.  The world is a richer place for it!

 

Ummmmm I think you need to hear Carrie's side.  Paul has made many a great musical contribution to the world no doubt, but I wouldn't neccessarily want to hang out with him and certainly would not want any woman I know to be in a relationship with him.{#No}

This is a fantastic song...  love it...  love this album...
 
Love his work!
I just love how this talented musical genius man can write and sing about being married to — and hurt by — Carrie Fisher; let's not forget she was Princess Leia at the time — in such a cool, groovy song, and have the guts to share it with us all.  Thanks, Paul, for this and all such peeks into your mind, heart, and soul.  The world is a richer place for it!
I don't believe in God but I believe in Paul Simon. 
{#Yawn}
As great as "Graceland" is, "Rhythm of the Saints" has always been my favorite Simon album, and easily one of my Top 10 of all time.  That said, Simon's latest, "So Beautiful or So What" is fantastic.
Time for something new from "Päuli"
Have never heard anything by Paul I didn't like.

Gets me every time!
Oh
GOD
no...
— She Moves On —
and takes Everything
with her 
Mr. Music! Great song from one of my all time favorite song writers and performers!
great percussion 
I'm giving this 10 for everything other than PS voice..........et al is magnificent!
Definitely one of my most favorite songs from Paul Simon......and a multitude of memories of a much better time.
Agree that this is a great album, but I think his new stuff is terrific, too.
 BKardon wrote:

If this is his last great album - what a way to go!  This album holds up better than Graceland, in my opinion.
 
Ermm...He wrote "The Capeman, a musical that bombed on Broadway in '98. He put out the CD "Surprise" in '06. And he came out with a new album, "So Beautiful Or So What" this year; RP has played some of the songs from it. 

I've always wondered whether this song is about the end of his marriage to Carrie Fisher—I know he makes reference to her in "Graceland." It just amazes me that they were ever involved; now that I look on Wikipedia, they were together (on and off) for almost ten years. Carrie in her day was doing all sorts of drugs; she had a reputation of being able to party as hard as John Belushi did before that speedball did him in. Then you throw in her bipolar disorder...Paul Simon OTOH seems as mild and clean as a church mouse.  
I have to give Paul some points for the percussion.  And as I say this I realize that through the years it has been that element that has been the deciding factor for most of the Paul Simon songs that I've liked.
 Stingray wrote:
Yes - the little fucker is a genius!
CERTAINLY!!!

PS
Still - nothing new since 1990!
Nothing in 20 years!

The STING-issue...?
COMPLETE BURNOUT...?

 
If this is his last great album - what a way to go!  This album holds up better than Graceland, in my opinion.

Yes - the little fucker is a genius!
CERTAINLY!!!

PS
Still - nothing new since 1990!
Nothing in 20 years!

The STING-issue...?
COMPLETE BURNOUT...?

nice song w good vibe
 PFM wrote:

I think he is talking about Los Lobos. Go here under Controversy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_%28album%29

 
I never knew of this before. I went to the cited reference to read the whole interview with Steve Berlin. I was pretty shocked about Paul Simon's alleged attitude and approach. My perspective on the music has done a 180. Shit. {#Eek}
 PFM wrote:

I think he is talking about Los Lobos. Go here under Controversy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_%28album%29
 
I first learned about this fight over "The Myth of Fingerprints" from another RPer. I tend to believe Los Lobos on this one. If you rely only on the Wikipedia article, Paul Simon pretty much dances around the issue and never states "Yes, I wrote this song on my own."

The way I see it, Paul screwed over Los Lobos when it came to "Myth"—or tried to. But the guy has decades of hits that he undisputedly wrote on his own.
 eno wrote:

He's on it again! :)

 
and again.  Still good.

 NeilBlanchard wrote: 
He's on it again! :)

I haven't heard this song in a loooooonnng time. Thanks for letting me hear it. I loved that whole album at one time.
 scraig wrote:
you just played Simon and Garfunkel 35 minutes ago.
 
I hope that's not a complaint!? {#High-five}
REALLY CONVINCED THIS LITTLE GUY IS A GENIUS!
UNBELIEVABLE HIS VARIOUS QUALITIES!
you just played Simon and Garfunkel 35 minutes ago.
 TwinEngine wrote:
Wow, this playlist has really flowed tonight. Hard to explain how it works, but masterful programming!

Paul Simon - She Moves On
Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban - Drume Negrita
The Police - The Bed's Too Big Without You
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl
 
Most interesting...here 6 months later and the same four exact songs just played. 

Dig the conga segue from Ry Cooder...
Just make me log in to rate this! ok, I did. Paul Simon is always makin me move and dance. Love the lyrics too. Sweet voice. How can you just not love his music? 
 parrothead wrote:


IMO this tune is not that good. Paul Simon is a very talented guy. We would not have heard of a guy named Art Garfunkal if it was not for Paul Simon. You do not know what your talking about.
 
And we probably wouldn't have heard about Art Garfunkel either..


Perhaps there's angst w/ the muse ...
Papernapkin wrote:
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
 
Art, is that you? vit wrote:

Art, is that you?

 
LOL

 Papernapkin wrote:
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
 

IMO this tune is not that good. Paul Simon is a very talented guy. We would not have heard of a guy named Art Garfunkal if it was not for Paul Simon. You do not know what your talking about.
 Mandible wrote:

Who did he steal from?
 
I think he is talking about Los Lobos. Go here under Controversy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_%28album%29

 Papernapkin wrote:
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
 
Art, is that you?

Harmless enough - pleasant background vibe.
 rp1125 wrote:
not his best appropriation of african music
 
He wasn't doing the African music thing on this abum.

not his best appropriation of african music
This post is completely innocent of any rhetorical accomplishment. Not an ounce of truth.
 
Papernapkin wrote:
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
 


Wow, this playlist has really flowed tonight. Hard to explain how it works, but masterful programming!

Paul Simon - She Moves On
Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban - Drume Negrita
The Police - The Bed's Too Big Without You
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl


 Papernapkin wrote:
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
 
Who did he steal from?
PS is no-talent hack who steals from others. Not an ounce of talent.
That has to be the most masterful segue I've ever heard:
 
Paul Simon - She Moves On
Dead Can Dance - The Snake and the Moon 

 horstman wrote:


Wow. Did you drop acid today? You're clearly not yourself.

 
On noes! Not the dreaded Lysergic!

I'd much rather harp about Jesus and have illicit sexual liaisons.  {#Curtain}
 Shelley444 wrote:
sss
I'm glad you listened! Feel the same.Strange story about a chevy 410. Contact me if you will? Weird!

 
I'm having a hard time registering on this site, don't normally do this, but a little help will do! Scopiomoon63@ ymail.com. Reply !!!

 GChevy410 wrote:
I listened to this song this morning during my jog!  The weird thing is, I had never paid attention to it, and maybe have listened to it a total of 5 times in my life!  I took particular notice of it, and thought I should listen to it again...and here it is!
 
I'm glad you listened! Feel the same.Strange story about a chevy 410. Contact me if you will? Weird!

I think I finally found a place to call home! The spirit moves when it finds the need!

Chevy 410? where did you come up with that?


{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}
I listened to this song this morning during my jog!  The weird thing is, I had never paid attention to it, and maybe have listened to it a total of 5 times in my life!  I took particular notice of it, and thought I should listen to it again...and here it is!
 horstman wrote:


Wow. Did you drop acid today? You're clearly not yourself.

Peace out.
 
HA! HA! Everyone's got to have 'off' days. At least he's keeping up on our toes...

 toterola wrote:
Ahhh, the times I've had listening to Paul Simon! {#Cool}

I just saw the film "Watchmen" today, and "Sounds of Silence" was used, to great effect, in the soundtrack. As were Dylan, Leonard Cohen, My Chemical Romance, Hendrix, Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Nat "King" Cole, and Janis Joplin. I can strongly recommend the film, but go to the bathroom before it starts. It's a very intricate story, and the film is nearly 3 hours long! {#Embarassed}
 

Wow, that sounds like an amazing soundtrack!  I'll have to check it out.
 toterola wrote:
Ahhh, the times I've had listening to Paul Simon! {#Cool}

I just saw the film "Watchmen" today, and "Sounds of Silence" was used, to great effect, in the soundtrack. As were Dylan, Leonard Cohen, My Chemical Romance, Hendrix, Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Nat "King" Cole, and Janis Joplin. I can strongly recommend the film, but go to the bathroom before it starts. It's a very intricate story, and the film is nearly 3 hours long! {#Embarassed}
 

{#Yes}    My jaw dropped - I never thought I would hear S & G in a comic book movie!  Excellent use of music throughout the film!
 toterola wrote:
Ahhh, the times I've had listening to Paul Simon! {#Cool}

I just saw the film "Watchmen" today, and "Sounds of Silence" was used, to great effect, in the soundtrack. As were Dylan, Leonard Cohen, My Chemical Romance, Hendrix, Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Nat "King" Cole, and Janis Joplin. I can strongly recommend the film, but go to the bathroom before it starts. It's a very intricate story, and the film is nearly 3 hours long! {#Embarassed}
 

Agree on the fact that the soundtrack was great. Disagree, I'm afraid, on the recommendation of the film (and I was a big fan of the graphic novel). But let a thousand flowers bloom!
Ahhh, the times I've had listening to Paul Simon! {#Cool}

I just saw the film "Watchmen" today, and "Sounds of Silence" was used, to great effect, in the soundtrack. As were Dylan, Leonard Cohen, My Chemical Romance, Hendrix, Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Nat "King" Cole, and Janis Joplin. I can strongly recommend the film, but go to the bathroom before it starts. It's a very intricate story, and the film is nearly 3 hours long! {#Embarassed}
A really beautiful album that has been in the shadow of Graceland for far too long. Not a weak song on this one. A desert island disc for me.
The bass twang at the beginning has made me smile ever since I first heard this song in dance class in HS. Thanks, Betsy! (me dancing, but should be a slower version of this guy){#Dancingbanana}

 Excelsior wrote:
A fantastic, sublime album from start to finish.  Every bit as good as Graceland.
 

Wow. Did you drop acid today? You're clearly not yourself.

Peace out.
Perfect seque in....one of my favorites {#Sunny}
pure bliss   {#Bounce}

party of music!

**  9 **


There are some absolutely incredible lyrics in this song, what a poet and master of the different drummer.
 Excelsior wrote:
A fantastic, sublime album from start to finish.  Every bit as good as Graceland.
 

This is the first positive comment I've ever seen from Excelsior. Hooray, this actually makes me happy! {#Smile} Positive energy, whoohoo. What's more, I completely agree; this is some of Paul's finest work.

A fantastic, sublime album from start to finish.  Every bit as good as Graceland.
kayaksurf4fun wrote:
one of the most talented and heady music men to survive the 60's.....
Amen to that! I couldn't agree more. Paul is #1 on my list of the most talented songwriter-musicians ever. He can rock out, he can whisper the most beautiful ballads, he incorporated elements of "world music" way before it was hip. He has endured for nearly 50 years with NO slumps in his output or quality. Always intelligent and eclectic!
one of the most talented and heady music men to survive the 60's.....living treasure from the era. i like this set...makes feel layed back in the Philippines. Oh, I am :-)
This last stretch from Morphine 4:26 to Youngbloods 6:09 has been one of the best on RP in years! OUTSTANDING MOOD-STRING rock on
I like the clean, wall of sound on this song.
Dead Can Dance - The Snake and the Moon into Paul Simon - She Moves On Awesome transition. Not my favorite track off RotS but still very good, so it gets an 8.
Sometimes this album gets pegged for being Graceland's loser cousin but it has some truly wonderful stuff. A song like this just grooves so nicely it burrows into your subconscious in a beautiful way. The perfect poetic lyrics are a bonus.
Paul has a gift for surrounding himself with incredible talent. Oh, and for writing songs........
Thanks for playing that!
GChevy410 wrote:
Good Bass Guitar
Good Everything :good-vibes:
Good Bass Guitar
Great album. So different than Graceland, but I love that one, too.
how about some King Sonny? It's where Paul get's his inspiration.
pousso wrote:
Bought this album in highschool, listened to it occassionally. Then, got rid of it in college because I never listened to it anymore and wondered why I ever bought it in the first place. Now, I wish I still had it! I love it! Musical tastes - soooo fickle!
This is one of the albums from highschool that never went out of my personal playlist. The images just never get old. "Cold coffee eyes", "captured the breath of my voice in a bottle"...
Nice segue from Dead Can Dance's The Snake & the Moon. Now from here into some Woodstock-era Santana...
Didn't he have to pay some Andean musicians for plagiarising them?
ruthless wrote:
lovely segue
My thoughts, too.
lovely segue
"i feel good, it's a fine day" -makes me smile
BruceN wrote:
nice, nice, segue from "The American Analog Set", Hard to Find
Agreed - lovely mix!
nice, nice, segue from "The American Analog Set", Hard to Find
Bought this album in highschool, listened to it occassionally. Then, got rid of it in college because I never listened to it anymore and wondered why I ever bought it in the first place. Now, I wish I still had it! I love it! Musical tastes - soooo fickle!
kazuma wrote:
That last bit cracks me up every time I see it. I think that would be a great name for a horn section ... The Needless Horns!
If I could play, I would surely join it! :lol: Oh well, I can always toot my own horn. :whistle:
rKokon wrote:
Sorry, I dislike. The drums and background voices and Paul's voice go poorly together, his singing is worse than usual, there is no discernible tune (just meanderings), and there are needless horns.
That last bit cracks me up every time I see it. I think that would be a great name for a horn section ... The Needless Horns!
This guy is a genius. Pure + simple.
Love the whole album. Never get tired of it. One of Paul's best for sure.
what an album. It's nice to hear this on RP, but "Rhythm" is really an album best listened all the way through. :good-vibes:
Cant run but & Spirit Voices would be GREAT additions to the playlist!!!
catmaven wrote:
Sorry, I dislike. The drums and background voices and Paul's voice go poorly together, his singing is worse than usual, there is no discernible tune (just meanderings), and there are needless horns.
I agree!
dreamlike...atmospheric...soundscape...strong imagery... all good! :music:
dionysius wrote:
My very favorite catmaven expression, deployed upon anything with horns. Let's hear it for superfluous brass!
Nice. I bet he/she also hates cows, sheep, goats, gnu, yaks, etc.