Day 38: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Song: “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon
Reached #1: February 7, 1976 (his first solo, 3 weeks)

Recorded live in 2000

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but we were kind of gypped on this song, as Paul Simon only lists about 5… then again, the song says “there must be 50 ways to leave your lover”, not that the singer knows all 50.

This is kind of a quirky song.   And, surprisingly, it was Simon’s only solo #1.  “Mother and Child Reunion”, “Kodachrome”, and “Loves Me Like A Rock” didn’t get to the top spot.  This little ballad to infidelity did.  Go figure, right?

Beyond that, what is there to say about Paul Simon that a lot of better writers haven’t already said?

I think, for today, brevity will have to be the soul of wit.

Tomorrow, a song you will hate me for featuring.

Other songs that reached #1 on February 7:
1970 –
“Venus” by the Shocking Blue (their first, 1 week)
1981 – “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang (their first, 2 weeks)
1987 – “Open Your Heart” by Madonna (her fifth, 1 week)
2009 – “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson (her second, 2 weeks)

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