Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Two men sitting and looking at the viewer. The one in the middle has yellow hair and a blue shirt and jeans, while the man to the left of him has black hair blending in with the background and a white shirt. Only the right side of the second man's face is visible. Flowers are in the images foreground. The right of the first man it is written in script "Simon and Garfunkel" and below that "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme". There are symbols in the top left and center top of the picture.
Studio album by Simon & Garfunkel
Released October 10, 1966
Recorded December 1965 – August 1966
Genre Folk rock, psychedelic folk
Length 29:14
Label Columbia
Producer Bob Johnston
Simon & Garfunkel chronology
Sounds of Silence
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
The Graduate
Singles from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
  1. "Homeward Bound"
    Released: February 1966
  2. "The Dangling Conversation"
    Released: September 1966
  3. "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
    Released: March 1967
  4. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle"
    Released: February 1968

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, released October 1966, is the third album by Simon & Garfunkel. It was produced by Bob Johnston, and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason provided the liner notes. The name comes from the second line of the album's first track, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle". The album peaked on the U.S. charts at #4.

The closing track, "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night," includes a news bulletin mixed in with the music. The bulletin reports the death of Lenny Bruce, the indictment of mass-murderer Richard Speck, and the calling out of the National Guard in response to civil protests.[1]

The album was included on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album, in its entirety, is part of the Simon & Garfunkel box sets Collected Works and The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964–1970).


The album was released in mono and stereo versions in the United States by Columbia Records on 10 October 1966. It peaked on the U.S. charts at #4. Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason provided the liner notes.

"Homeward Bound", which is the fourth song in the American version, was not included on the UK version, as it had already appeared on the UK release of Sounds of Silence.

The album's name comes from the second line of the album's first track, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", an English folk song from the 16th century, paired with a counter-melody and text about a soldier.


In 2003, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was ranked number 201 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
BBC (favourable)[4]

Track listing[edit]

16 second sample from Simon and Garfunkel's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme".

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All songs by Paul Simon except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Traditional, arranged by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) – 3:10
    Recorded: July 26, 1966
  2. "Patterns" – 2:42
    Recorded: June 8, 1966
  3. "Cloudy" (Paul Simon, Bruce Woodley) – 2:10
    Recorded: June 10, 1966
  4. "Homeward Bound" – 2:30
    Recorded: December 14, 1965
  5. "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" – 2:44
    Recorded: June 15, 1966
  6. "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" – 1:43
    Recorded: August 16, 1966
Side two
  1. "The Dangling Conversation" – 2:37
    Recorded: June 21, 1966
  2. "Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall" – 2:10
    Recorded: December 22, 1965
  3. "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)" – 2:12
    Recorded: June 13, 1966
  4. "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" – 2:04
    Recorded: August 22, 1966
  5. "A Poem on the Underground Wall" – 1:52
    Recorded: June 13, 1966
  6. "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" (Josef Mohr, Franz Gruber) – 2:01
    Recorded: August 22, 1966
Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)
  1. "Patterns" (Demo) – 2:53
    Recorded: June 7, 1966
  2. "A Poem on the Underground Wall" (Demo) – 1:51
    Recorded: June 12, 1966


Chart (1966) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 14
UK Albums Chart 15
US Album Charts 4



  1. ^ Billig, Michael. Rock 'n' Roll Jews: Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8156-0705-9, ISBN 978-0-8156-0705-2. P. 135
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ BBC review
  5. ^ "Electric Bass Hits". The Official Carol Kaye Website. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  6. ^ Bennighof, James. The Words and Music of Paul Simon. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007. ISBN 0-275-99163-6, ISBN 978-0-275-99163-0. P. 21.

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