The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

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"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
1970 release, where "The 59th Street Bridge Song" was given the A-side.
Single by Simon and Garfunkel
from the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
A-side At the Zoo
(1967)
B-side I Am a Rock
(1970)
Released March 1967
1970
Format 7" single
Recorded August 16, 1966
Genre Folk rock
Length 1:56
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Paul Simon
Producer(s) Bob Johnston

"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" is a song by folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel, appearing on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. "59th Street Bridge" is the colloquial name of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City. The song's message is immediately delivered in its opening verse: "Slow down, you move too fast".

The studio version features Dave Brubeck Quartet members Joe Morello (drums) and Eugene Wright (bass).

Footage of Simon and Garfunkel performing the song at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is featured in the film Monterey Pop.

Simon's writing credit was added to the theme song to the American children's TV show H.R. Pufnstuf after The Kroffts were successfully sued by Simon, who claimed that the theme ripped off this song.[1][2]

Covers and performances[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Feelin' Groovy" was used in a 2003 series of Gap commercials featuring R&B/soul singers Angie Stone and Mýa.[4]
  • The song was used in the first season of US TV series Desperate Housewives, during a scene where Lynette Scavo hallucinates her own suicide.
  • The song was used in an episode of The Simpsons, [Season 6, Episode 25] called "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)". Mr. Burns alludes to the song, saying, "Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin'? I've come to watch your power flowin'."
  • The song was used in the trailer for Hal Ashby's 1975 comedy-drama Shampoo for which Paul Simon composed the original score.

Urban Legend[edit]

There is a lesser known urban legend that concerns how the song received its subtitle and many of its lyrics: supposedly the NYPD would take confiscated marijuana and burn it somehow, possibly in an incinerator, near the foot of the 59th st Bridge. Hippies, potheads, Paul Simon and probably more were reminded to "slow down...make the morning last" and enjoy the "fresh air" above on the bridge to "feel groovy".

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