Here’s looking at you America…

An interpretation, through the songs of Simon & Garfunkel

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“They’ve all come to look for America” – America, Simon & Garfunkel.
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“New York, to that tall skyline, I come flyin'” – A Heart in New York, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Manhattan, NYC
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“New York, like a scene from all those movies, but you’re real enough to me…” A Heart in New York, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Manhattan, NYC
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“New York, lookin down on Central Park” – A Heart in New York, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: The Pond, Central Park
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“New York, you’ve got money on your mind” – A Heart in New York, Simon & Garfunkel.  Pic: NYSE
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“A heart in New York, a rose on the street, I write my song to that city heartbeat” – A Heart in New York, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: One WTC, Lower Manhattan, NYC
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“Old friends, sat on a park bench like bookends…Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a park bench quietly; how terribly strange to be seventy” – Old Friends/Bookends,  Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Central Park, middle-upper Manhattan, New York City
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“Hello lamp post, whatcha doin? I’ve come to watch your flowers growin. Ain’t you got no rhymes for me?” – 59th bridge street song, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: George Town, Washington DC
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“All come to look for America” – America, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Manhattan skyline on a cloudy evening.
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“And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made” – Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Times Square, NYC
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“Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they’ve all come to look for America” – America, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Somewhere on a Turnpike…
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“I’m sitting at a railway station, with a ticket to my destination” – Homeward Bound, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Railway Station, Trenton, New Jersey.
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“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together. I’ve got some real estate here in my bag…” America, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Detroit Airport, Michigan
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“Michigan seems like a dream to me now…” America, Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Orchard Lake Road, Michigan.

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“When you’re weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all.  I’m on your side, oh when times get rough and friends just can’t be found, Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down…Sail on silver girl, sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. Oh, if you need a friend, I’m sailing right behind. Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind” – Bridge Over Troubled Waters Simon & Garfunkel. Pic: Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls.

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Chimneys standing so tall with character and pride

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The sun shone fierce and bright
All through the week, setting so late in the night

Walks so fresh and brisk in the mornings
Ending in heavy trudges in the chilly evenings

Cottages lined along the quintessential countryside
Chimneys standing so tall with character and pride

Old world charm met adventurous cuisine at the Rusty Gun
Wooden tables ‘neath low ceilings, the roasted lamb grilled to perfection

Did we hear again the crunch of carriages on cobblestones?
Was Eliza there? Did we hear Professor Higgins intone?

The scent of apples still lingering at the market place
The charming Piazza and Somerset House, a walk away from the historic Savoy Place

The London eye showed us Big Ben and a sprawling city
So lovely in its beauty; so rich in culture and history

The cruise on the River Thames – dark and gloomy
The guide a silver lining, cheered us with his vivid commentary

Crisscrossing the underground a hundred times
How can I forget the Piccadilly and Victoria Lines?

Magic once again at 9 ¾ King’s Cross station
Gazing at St. Pancras next door, step this way said the exotic nations

Selfridges, Top Shop, Marks & Spencer’s
Can’t miss any, cried the tired shoppers

Traversing Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street
The well-worn Nikes fell off the feet

Was finally time to pack up and say goodbye
Not so soon said someone, spare some time for London Heathrow at Terminal Five