A love letter

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These rainy days and nights are persistent, make me remember things. Of all the art pieces about the rain, I’ve always loved  Cassidy’s voice in Kathy’s song, its sad and melancholic rhythms contain a sky of yearning loneliness. But…

Actually these beautiful words are not Cassidy’s, they are from the genius (and often forgotten) song writer Paul Simon. And actually it is a love letter.  Kathy was Simon’s lover, then she left him when he became famous (!) – that was a time when people know that love treasures privacy. One now can see that why this song is filled with unrequited and lost feelings. The original is not as sad and hopeless as Cassidy’s rendition, maybe because she never had something as beautiful as Simon’s. It’s somehow more of acceptance, knowing there are ways in this world once parted, never come back, and one must live on, while holding those precious memories close to heart.

from Paul Simon, to Kathy

Kathy’s song

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 rainy 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

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