The Untold Story of Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away"

Believe it or not, "Slip Slidin' Away" was almost a castaway! Simon recorded it but thought it wasn't good enough for his album. Crazy, right?

Simon wasn't exactly seeing eye-to-eye with his record company at the time. He felt underappreciated, which may have fueled the introspective lyrics of the song.

The song was included in the "Greatest Hits, Etc." album in 1977, although it was originally recorded for Simon's 1975 album "Still Crazy After All These Years."

Even though Simon might have doubted the song, he sure knew how to pick his musicians! Top-notch instrumentalists brought "Slip Slidin' Away" to life, adding a layer of magic to the recording.

Simon felt the song lacked progression, especially with its repetitive chorus, and couldn't decide which verses to cut, leading to its exclusion from the original album.

So what's the song actually about?  It's a melancholy reflection on missed opportunities, personal and familial struggles, and the feeling that life just keeps slipping away.

Here is one of the best lines of the song that hits every one of us: You know the nearer your destination The more you're slip slidin' away

Curious about the full story behind "Slip Slidin' Away" and Paul Simon's creative and professional challenges?

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