Simon & Garfunkel

7 O'Clock News/Silent Night

Composed by Paul Simon

Song Review by

The closing track on the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme album is one of the more unique and effective studio creations of the limit-smashing 1966-1967 pop era. The backdrop of the piece is a piano-backed version of Simon & Garfunkel singing an immaculate and tender version of the classic Christmas hymn "Silent Night." Yet, as the carol fades (barely) into the background, there is a wholly dramatic, dry reading of a news broadcast. As the events of 1966 such as civil rights marches, the death of Lenny Bruce, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and other horrifying events are read, the heavenly Simon & Garfunkel singing again gradually takes over. The effect is positively chilling, and creates an organic daydream nightmare that is scary, real, and undeniable.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme 1966 Audio Fidelity 2:00
Collected Works 1981 Columbia 2:00
Old Friends 1997 Sony Music Distribution 2:04
The Very Best of Simon & Garfunkel: Tales from New York 2000 Columbia 2:03
The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970 2001 Columbia Records / Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Distribution 2:12
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme/Bridge Over Troubled Water 2008 Sony Music Distribution 2:12
...Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008 2010
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:05
The Essential 3.0 2010 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 2:02
The Complete Albums Collection 2014 Sony Legacy 2:00
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2015 Columbia / Sony Legacy
Original Album Classics Sony Music
No Image Echo 2:01
blue highlight denotes editor's pick