Overs (song)

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"Overs"
Song by Simon & Garfunkel
from the album Bookends
RecordedOctober 16, 1967
Columbia Studio A
(New York City)
Genre
Length2:14
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Overs" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fourth studio album, Bookends (1968).

Background[edit]

"Overs" was one of many songs completed during the duo's sessions with John Simon, alongside "Fakin' It," "Save the Life of My Child" and "Punky's Dilemma".[1] The song concerns an old couple beginning to tire of one another.[2] In their 1968 appearance on Kraft Music Hall, Simon explained that "Overs" is a companion piece to their earlier composition, "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"; that song concerns the belief in true love, while "Overs" relates to the loss of that belief.[3]

It has been suggested that the song, which was originally written for but cut from The Graduate (1968), was inspired by the film’s depiction of two lovers (the Robinsons) in a loveless marriage.[2] The lyrics contain almost no rhyme.

Composition[edit]

"Overs" is a departure from Simon’s earlier work in that it reveals "increasing independence from standard diatonic, major/minor, and/or modal rock- and folk-based styles."[4] As a result, it "displays a logical consequence of both of these trends: a more jazz-oriented style," including a larger selection of chords and looser form.[4] The song contains multiple instances of wordplay related to the word over, including the final line, "I stop and think it over."[2]

The sound effects at the start of the song are of somebody striking a match to light up and inhale a cigarette.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fornatale 2007, p. 66−68.
  2. ^ a b c Fornatale 2007, p. 91.
  3. ^ "Three for Tonight". Kraft Music Hall. January 3, 1968. NBC.
  4. ^ a b Bennighof 2007, p. 36.
  5. ^ Bonca, Cornel (2014-10-10). Paul Simon: An American Tune. ISBN 9780810884823.

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