Save the Life of My Child

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"Save the Life of My Child"
Song by Simon & Garfunkel
from the album Bookends
RecordedDecember 14, 1967
Columbia Studio A
(New York City)

"Save the Life of My Child" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fourth studio album, Bookends (1968).


"Save the Life of My Child" was one of many songs on Bookends recorded with production assistant John Simon.[1]


An audio sample of the band’s first hit, "The Sound of Silence", softly plays during a cacophony of sounds near the end of "Save the Life of My Child."[2] John Simon, who was credited with production assistance on the song, created the bassline by playing a Moog synthesizer with help from Robert Moog himself.[2][3] James Bennighof, author of The Words and Music of Paul Simon, considers the churning, distorted groove and electronic instrumentation an accompanying textural element to the subject matter: suicidal suburban youth.[4] "Save the Life of My Child" is a dramatic story involving drugs, violence and a mother and child relationship. According to James Bennighof, the song "deals with individual crises in crowded urban settings, along with references to larger societal forces and at least a hint of some transcendent perspective."[4]


  1. ^ Fornatale 2007, p. 66.
  2. ^ a b Eliot 2007, p. 95.
  3. ^ Trevor Pinch, Frank Trocco. Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. Harvard University Press, 2004.]
  4. ^ a b Bennighof 2007, p. 34.


  • Bennighof, James (2007). The Words and Music of Paul Simon. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-275-99163-0.
  • Fornatale, Pete (2007). Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends. Rodale. ISBN 978-1-59486-427-8.