NYC Marathon Part 4: ‘The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’

Paul Simon is one of the best singer-songwriters in history, but he clearly didn’t have a clue what he was talking about59th when he wrote this song. In fairness he wrote it before the first ever NYC Marathon, but I owe it to him and you to correct some of the misconceptions in his lyrics (which are in italics below):

Slow down, you move too fast.

[I’m not Stanley Biwott [2015 NYC Marathon winner] so no, I’m not moving too fast, and I didn’t start the race too quickly for my own goals, either. In fact right now – 2 hours 30 minutes into the race – I’m moving slower than 16,000 out of the 49,000 runners.]

You got to make the morning last.

[That’s so not encouraging in a race.]

Just kicking down the cobble stones.

[I’m kicking asphalt baby.]

Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.

[Wait for the after-race party. Seriously.]

Hello lamppost, What cha knowing?

[No lampposts under the bridge. And if I needed a pee I’d wait for the facilities.]

I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.

[No flowers either.]

Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?


Doot-in’ doo-doo, Feelin’ groovy.

[I’m so NOT feeling groovy right now. Although I’m feeling better than the guy I just passed who is throwing up into a gutter.]

Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep.

[Well, I’ve got another 11 miles to do and I cautiously promised myself a sub-4 hour marathon, so…]
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.

[Skin isn’t dappled and I’m too psyched to sleep, though I wouldn’t mind sitting down for a few minutes.]

Looking down at 1st Avenue Manhattan as we neared the end of the 59th Street Bridge
Looking down at 1st Avenue Manhattan as we neared the end of the 59th Street Bridge

Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.

[Say what?]

Life, I love you, All is groovy.

[Just passed another guy who feels worse than me – he’s crying and clutching a hamstring. And I do love life. But all is NOT groovy. Mainly because this silly bridge is too steep and too long.]

You’re welcome.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Timothy Reynolds says:

    Nice one! It didn’t click when we saw that you went over the 59th Street Bridge! I’m sorry for that guy clutching his hamstring – after all that training (I assume), What’s up next? Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water?


    1. Didn’t click with me until several miles into the race either! I was actually on a different bridge when I twigged and as I sung the lyrics to myself I realised how amusingly inapt they were.


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