Hearts and Bones

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Hearts and Bones
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Studio album by Paul Simon
Released November 4, 1983
Recorded 1981–1983
Studio Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, Atlantic Studios, New York City, The Power Station, New York City; Sigma Sound Studios, New York City; Regent Sound Studios, New York City; Media Sound Studios, New York City[1]
Genre Pop, rock
Length 40:30
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Roy Halee
Paul Simon
Russ Titelman
Lenny Waronker
Paul Simon chronology
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Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones is the sixth solo studio album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1983.

The album was originally intended to be called Think Too Much, but Mo Ostin, president of Warner Bros. Records, persuaded Simon to change it to Hearts and Bones.[2] The album was written and recorded following Simon & Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park in 1981, and the world tour of 1982-1983. Several songs intended for Think Too Much were previewed on tour, and Art Garfunkel worked on some of the songs with Simon in the studio,[3] with an intention that the finished product would be an all-new Simon & Garfunkel studio album.[4] Garfunkel left the project and Simon worked the material into a solo album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[10]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

Although in 1983 the album was considered somewhat of a commercial failure and signaled a low point in Simon's career, the passage of time has been kind to the album. It has been re-examined and considered to be one of Simon's more important records and a lyrically strong one.[5] Robert Christgau later referred to the album as being "a finely wrought dead end."[12]


There were two songs from this album released as singles. The first single with "Allergies" as the A-side and "Think Too Much (b)" as the B-side peaked at #44 in the U.S. Hot 100. The second single failed to chart, this being "Think Too Much (a)" (A-side) and "Song About the Moon" (B-side). (Also, the title track was released as the flipside to "Graceland" in the U.S. in 1986, and as the B-side of "The Boy in the Bubble" elsewhere in the world).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Simon, with one-minute coda on Track 10 written by Philip Glass.

Side one
  1. "Allergies" – 4:37
  2. "Hearts and Bones" – 5:37
  3. "When Numbers Get Serious" – 3:25
  4. "Think Too Much (b)" – 2:44
  5. "Song About the Moon" – 4:07
Side two
  1. "Think Too Much (a)" – 3:05
  2. "Train in the Distance" – 5:11
  3. "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War" – 3:44
  4. "Cars Are Cars" – 3:15
  5. "The Late Great Johnny Ace" – 4:45
Bonus tracks
  1. "Shelter of Your Arms" (Unreleased Work-in-Progress) – 3:11
  2. "Train in the Distance" (Original acoustic demo) – 3:13
  3. "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War" (Original acoustic demo) – 3:46
  4. "The Late Great Johnny Ace" (Original acoustic demo) – 3:22

11-14 are bonus tracks on the remastered Rhino Records CD-release (July 2004):


The uncredited horn section on "Allergies" and "Cars Are Cars" are Mark Rivera (saxophone), Jon Faddis & Alan Rubin (trumpet)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[13] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 11
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[15] 14
French SNEP Albums Chart [16] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[17] 25
Spanish Albums Chart[18] 27
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[19] 30
UK Albums Chart[20] 34
United States Billboard Pop Albums[21] 35
Canadian Albums Chart[22] 50
German Media Control Albums Chart[23] 51
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[24] 99


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  3. ^ Jeffrey Perlah (30 May 1998). "Billboard review". Billboard. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Don Shewey (24 Nov 1983). "Paul Simon: Hearts And Bones : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
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  6. ^ Kot, Greg (October 14, 1990). "The Evolution Of Simon's Diverse Solo Career". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
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  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Paul Simon". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside Books. pp. 736–37. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 24, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 23, 1986). "South Africa Romance". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Chart Stats - Paul Simon - Hearts And Bones". UK Albums Chart. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  21. ^ Allmusic - Hearts and Bones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
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