Songs from The Capeman

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Songs from The Capeman
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 1997
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
GenreMusical theatre, pop, worldbeat
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPaul Simon
Paul Simon chronology
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park
Songs from The Capeman
Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar

Songs from The Capeman is the ninth solo studio album by Paul Simon, released in 1997. His first album of new material in seven years, it contains Simon's own performances of songs from the Broadway musical he wrote and produced called The Capeman augmented by members of the original cast. The songs retell the story of Salvador Agron, who was known as the "Capeman". A departure musically from his earlier work, the album features doo-wop, rock 'n' roll and Puerto Rican rhythms and a number of songs contain explicit lyrics, a first for Simon. The stage show was a commercial flop, losing $11 million, and the album did not sell well.[1] It peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200, the lowest chart position in Simon's career.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Simon, with co-lyrics by Derek Walcott.

Side one
  1. "Adios Hermanos" - 4:42
  2. "Born in Puerto Rico" - 5:03
  3. "Satin Summer Nights" - 5:44
  4. "Bernadette" - 3:34
  5. "The Vampires" - 5:14
  6. "Quality" - 4:18
Side two
  1. "Can I Forgive Him" - 6:01
  2. "Sunday Afternoon" - 3:25
  3. "Killer Wants to Go to College" - 1:51
  4. "Time Is an Ocean" - 5:23
  5. "Virgil" - 2:49
  6. "Killer Wants to Go to College II" - 2:09
  7. "Trailways Bus" - 5:14
Bonus tracks
  1. "Shoplifting Clothes"
  2. "Born in Puerto Rico" (sung by José Feliciano)
  3. "Can I Forgive Him" (Original demo)


  1. ^ a b Songs from The Capeman at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "CG Book '90s: S". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. ISBN 0312245602. Retrieved March 30, 2019 – via
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