Simon & Garfunkel

Bookends Theme

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Appearing twice on the Bookends album, this piece was used as a link and helps to create a sense of unity in this classic record. The first (and very brief) instrumental version is a simple, acoustic guitar reading of the melody, stating its theme and feel. The second version features the vocals of Simon & Garfunkel and has been used in countless films and television shows that are set in the 1960s. Capturing the innocence of the era perfectly, the lyrics also have the distinction of looking back with a sense of wistful melancholy. This is most interesting when you consider that the song was written in 1967. Simple, effective, and wholly effecting, its one of Paul Simon's classics.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bookends 1968 Columbia 2:35
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits 1972 Columbia 1:16
Collected Works 1981 Columbia 1:23
The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970 2001 Legacy / Columbia 1:24
No Image 2002 Sony Music Distribution 1:20
The Essential Simon & Garfunkel 2003 Columbia / Legacy 1:21
No Image 2004 Sony Music Distribution 1:20
Bookends/Sounds of Silence 2009 Legacy 1:24
The Essential 3.0 2010 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 1:21
The Complete Albums Collection 2014 Sony Legacy 1:22