Paul Simon - Darling Lorraine Lyrics

The first time I saw her
I couldn't be sure
But the sin of impatience
Said "She's just what you're looking for"
So I walked right up to her
And with the part of me that talks
I introduced myself as Frank
From New York
New York

She's so hot
She's so cool
I'm not
I'm just a fool in love with Darling Lorraine

All my life I've been a wanderer
Not really, I mostly lived near my parents home
Anyway Lorraine and I got married
Ant the usual marriage stuff
Then one day she says to me
From out of the blue
She says, "Frank, I've had enough
Romance is a heartbreaker
I'm not meant to be a homemaker
And I'm tired of being Darling Loraine"

What!? you don't love me anymore?
What!? you're walking out the door?
What!? you don't like the way I chew?
Hey, let me tell you
You're not the woman that I wed
You say you're depressed but you're not
You just like to stay in bed
I don't need you darling Lorraine
Darling Lorraine
I long for your love

Financially speaking
I guess I'm a washout
Everybody's buy and sell
And sell and buy
That's what the whole thing's all about
If it had not been Lorraine
I'd have left her long ago
I should have been a musician
I love the piano

She's so light
She's so free
I'm tight, well, that's me
But I feel so good
With Darling Lorraine

On Christmas morning Frank awakes
To find Loraine has made a stack of pancakes
They watch the television, husband and wife
All afternoon "It's a wonderful life"

What!? you don't love me anymore?
What!? you're walking out the door?
What!? you don't like the way I chew?
Hey let me tell you
You're not the woman that I wed
Gimme my robe I'm going back to bed
I'm sick to death of you Lorraine

Darling Lorraine
Her hands like wood
The doctor was smiling
But the news wasn't good

Darling Lorraine
Please don't leave me yet
I know you're in pain
Pain you can't forget
Your breathing is like an echo of our love
Maybe I'll go down to the corner store
And buy us something sweet
Here's an extra blanket honey
To wrap around your feet
All the trees were washed with april rain
And the moon in the meadow
Took Darling Lorraine

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  1. Chutuo P

    Who writes the best breaking or broken relationships and makes it swing like some jungle hymn for the gods to dance to?

  2. George Swift

    Like he's reading a book! Try Darling Larriane by the Knock Outs c. 1959.

  3. husentelwala husen

    Who is listening in 2019?

  4. Chutuo P

    Merci Vincent! Et Paul. Repose en paix!

  5. Lorraine Hixon

    This is first time I've heard this song. GREAT!

  6. mercedes mosquera


  7. siben gerard


  8. eyesuckle

    Really. . . ? People think this is great? There's barely a melody, here. . It's just a lot of really talented session musicians backing what amounts to a rambling, aimless prose poem.

    There are some really nice lyrics, here, but where are the strong melodies of the Garfunkel era and the years following?

    But then, I feel very much the same about Graceland. I just don't get it.


    It took me a long time to appreciate that You Can Call Me Al wasn't the only thing worthy of the man who wrote the likes of The Boxer and America. His solo career work travels down multiple riffs often ending up at a melody only for short bursts until the end of the song. They are so beautifully delivered songs, with such lyrical speed, that perhaps the beauty of their actual construction will always go underappreciated. His solo career is not about ominous angst "Hello darkness my old friend" but about a man who has enjoyed success, the pleasures and pains of love, an awareness of the world. Tender angst continues to exist in his music but deliberately not so luxuriating in solipsism - the community of African or Brazilian music acts as a complement to Paul Simon's utterly sincere soul. And they are fun songs.


    Hey Picnicl, thanks for your response. If a guy (er. . . woman? Sorry if I'm assuming, here) as obviously thoughtful and articulate as you are likes Simon's later work so much. . . maybe I should give it another try.

    Geofanny Yohanes

    @eyesuckle if Graceland and the albums after it are too large of a leap after enjoying S&G, you might want to start with Hearts and Bones.

  9. Major Denis Bloodnok

    Beautiful song...


    First time I've ever heard Darling Lorraine. I'm crying xx

    Jack Spiring

    Amazing song, the first half speaks so much to me, even the first chorus.. reminds me of a break up, you should listen to "you're the one" its about relationships and how when they end both parties may blame the other but in reality it's no one's fault and that things change.. such a masterful musician

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  12. Daniel Hwang

    paul simon 135

  13. Abc 60 King

    Was there a better creative thinker - Out of the box individual - Ever Ever!  Not that I've heard!!!

  14. Kev G H

    What! You don't like the way I chew?!


    oooh link?

  15. Alen Alenkiy

    A High Sky Musical Drama where Mopassan and Checkov would have been excited and surrended to Paul. Thank You Paul!

    Pierre Colleu


  16. laura buccino

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  17. Wendy Orange

    What you don't love me anymore is where this song gets addicted!

  18. Wendy Orange

    Not my favorite but a really fun song!

  19. Katie Kaz

    Probably my favorite Paul Simon song. Such a beautiful and sad depiction of relationships and marriage, but funny at the same time. He's a true artist and genius.

    Vicente Ramos

    Yes . . .

    Amy Cook

    I completely agree.

    siben gerard


    Justified me

    you may like this version as well Paul made it again (New Album)

  20. HisDukeNess

    I'm just a fool in love with darling Lorraine...

  21. Sy Munir

    This song makes me sad every time I hear it. I'm amazed that has not been viewed by too many people. Great music, along with Paul's usual, wonderful story telling. 


    You're The One is sort of lost in time! Its a shame! I cover 'Senorita with a necklace of tears' sometimes live at least.

  22. sarairosenbaum

    One of the great American short stories.

  23. Find That Music!

    Paul Simon is the greatest story teller in pop music, total bliss.

  24. Serai3

    Dios mio, que idiota. No conocerias talento si te pegara un tiro en la panza. Tu que has hecho con tu vida? A ti quien te conoce?

    Los celos amargan, y te han amargado a ti.

  25. Serai3

    This song makes me cry every. damn. time.

    One of the best storytellers of the century. An American bard, for sure.

  26. ruivog

    You're right.

  27. Laurie Cohen

    At first I thought this was a sad song, but it's not. How else can a lifelong relationship end?
    As usual Paul has me reflecting. This time on my own (now) 40+ year love affair with my wife.
    He has been a mirror for me for many, years. A foil for my own views. A poet from Queens!

    alp tansel

    Laurie Cohen ...sir , i m so touched by the way you feel and have written. cant express my feelings,not even in my mother language.just to tell you that im sharing your grace and happiness.

  28. Luis Miguel Rufino

    Vaya canción estúpida, Simon. Cada vez que sacas algo nuevo lo haces peor. Creo que me voy a oír canciones antiguas tuyas. Esas sí que merecen el tiempo y la atención. Qué mal has envejecido, hijo (digo musicalmente). Salud y pesetas, lo demás son puñetas.


    Although a name of French origin, here in France, it is used almost exclusively for geographical purposes. I find this rather sad, because it is such a nice name!

  30. GerryMATW

    On every Paul Simon album there's always at least one song that makes me ask, "Is this the best song he's ever written?" This is the one from the "You're The One" album. Utterly brilliant songwriting.

  31. MKECBS1

    6:00 I get shivers every time. Such a good song

  32. Colyn Alcock

    just the best, best ever song, so sad so beautiful.