Simon & Garfunkel

Richard Cory

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Written by Paul Simon in early 1965, "Richard Cory" is based on a poem written in the 19th century; the original poem (by Edwin Arlington Robinson) concluded: "And "Richard Cory," one calm summer night/Went home and put a bullet through his head." A classic, dark murder ballad, it is loaded with all of the drama and suspense of a mid-'60s art film. Buttressed by a simple but engaging minor-key folk melody, this song was not only one of the most popular album cuts on the Sounds of Silence album but was also covered masterfully by Denny Lane during his stint in Paul McCartney & Wings. It eventually appeared on the Wings Over America live album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sounds of Silence 1966 Legacy 2:54
Collected Works 1981 Columbia 2:57
Old Friends 1997 Columbia / Legacy 2:55
The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970 2001 Legacy / Columbia 2:59
No Image 2002 Sony Music Distribution 2:55
The Essential Simon & Garfunkel 2003 Columbia / Legacy 2:56
Bookends/Sounds of Silence 2009 Legacy 2:59
The Essential 3.0 2010 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 2:56
The Complete Albums Collection 2014 Sony Legacy 3:23