Simon and Garfunkel…Original Emo Kids?

I’ve recently reacquainted myself with The Best of Simon and Garfunkel. I’m not generally a huge folk music fan, but there’s no denying the craftsmanship that went into their music and lyrics, and so I’ve been hooked all over again.

I also noticed that some of the lines in their songs put the most shoe-gazing of Emo kids to shame. In fact, just check out the words to the famous, “I Am a Rock” and see what you think:

A winters day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
Its laughter and its loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
But Ive heard the words before;
Its sleeping in my memory.
I wont disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

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