Kathy's Song (Simon and Garfunkel)

15 FEBRUARY 1966

Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough album 'Sounds of Silence' was still high in the charts. 'Kathy's Song' is an album track from that record, and was never released as a single, although a live version appeared on their 1972 'Greatest Hits' compilation.

It was written about Paul Simon's then-girlfriend Kathy Chitty, an English woman who was also referenced in songs such as 'Homeward Bound' and 'America'. Simon described their relationship as 'his most peaceful time'. Chitty, however, reportedly struggled with the media attention that comes with being in a famous relationship.

Kathy also appeared on the cover of Simon's solo album 'The Paul Simon Songbook'.

Kathy's Song (Simon and Garfunkel)

'I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls

And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England, where my heart lies

My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day

And a song I was writing is left undone
I don't know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can't believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme

And so you see, I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone without beliefs
The only truth I know is you

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I'