Song of the Day: Paul Simon – “Kodachrome”

Happy birthday wishes go out to Paul Simon, who turns 76 years old today. This song, which was the first single off Simon’s 1973 album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also a top 10 hit in Canada, France, and Spain. The song was also the No. 1 choice in a Rolling Stone readers poll of favorite Paul Simon songs. The song was originally called “Goin’ Home” before being changed to “Kodachrome,” a title that fits the nostalgic lyrics better (When I think back/On all the crap I learned in high school/It’s a wonder/I can think at all/And though my lack of education/Hasn’t hurt me none/I can read the writing on the wall/Kodachrome/They give us those nice bright colors/They give us the greens of summers/Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day/I got a Nikon camera/I love to take a photograph/So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away). Kodachrome is of course the name of a type of film by Kodak, who required Simon include the registered trademark in the title in order to let him use the word.

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