Simon & Garfunkel - A Most Peculiar Man Lyrics




He was a most peculiar man.
That's what Mrs. Riordan said and she should know;
She lived upstairs from him
She said he was a most peculiar man.

He was a most peculiar man.
He lived all alone within a house,
Within a room, within himself,
A most peculiar man.

He had no friends, he seldom spoke
And no one in turn ever spoke to him,
'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't care
And he wasn't like them.
Oh, no! he was a most peculiar man.

He died last Saturday.
He turned on the gas and he went to sleep
With the windows closed so he'd never wake up
To his silent world and his tiny room;
And Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere
Who should be notified soon.
And all the people said, "What a shame that he's dead,
But wasn't he a most peculiar man?"





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  1. Cornpop Is Malarkey But I Sucked His Finger

    When the song becomes too relatable that you cry

  2. LadyAiliniel

    I found out I had fearful avoidant personality, and then I found this song

  3. incognitoct

    My favourite song from Simon and Garfunkel

  4. Laura Beane

    My dad sung this to me when I thought I was a robot or Batman.Then again, I was 4.

  5. Julie Erin

    Too depressing.

  6. Subham Ghosh

    2019 ? Any peculiar man like me ?

  7. Robert Brown

    Brent dice. Heroin addiction life death.a most peculiar man.

  8. John History videos

    Stephen, Stan, and Boo in our hearts. 🙁😥😢😭😿😔. 😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  9. Sera

    My mom played this song to me a few years ago saying it reminded her of me. Back then it made me wonder why she did that. Nowadays this song makes me break into tears and I think I know why she played the song to me. Life is hard, life is sometimes painful but I'm still here.

    P.S I was slightly drunk writing this, just wanted to get something off my chest.

  10. Jane Fontaine

    MAY IS CALIFORNIA'S MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT SO LET'S GET POSITIVELY CRAZY AND LET EVERYONE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER 💚 LIME RIBBON

  11. Jane Fontaine

    My oldest brother use to put me up on a desk I couldn't get down from and play this song as I cried. James Daniel Fontaine in Santa Rosa CA
    SHAME ON YOU MR. RETIRED SRJC WELDING PROFESSOR. DO YOU PLAY IT FOR YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER

  12. HelianaSuper

    Saudades do tempo...

  13. Manik Barbhuiya

    My favourate.

  14. Pavithra Elizabeth

    My mom recommend this :) I'm glad but this is such a depressing song :/

  15. Robert Brown

    miss you. dice

  16. Randall Connell

    Dear God what a talent!!!

  17. MrPoe22

    This song describes me precisely.

  18. CorruptKeys Г

    I hate that this song doesn't get as much love as it should. Its been so long since someone's posted a comment...

  19. Anjela Wylson

    This song makes me cry everytime. It reminds me of my brother. He took his life..hecwas only 18. He was abused and bullied. He was socially awkward..and he hated people cuz they hurt him. I loved him though. And knew his true heart. Kindness..love..acceptance..beauty. He was truly a gem and he should not have died so young.

  20. Silvia Luna, the girl who loves spiders

    I literally found this in Phanfiction, this fits the story so damn well, wtf

  21. Leslie Brown

    Oh !!! Just realized that the most peculiar man..was about suicide, missed that part , brain freeze , thought the loner died of natural causes.

  22. Dave Cochrane

    https://youtu.be/h8YXmc8ybbA

  23. Kapitan Sino

    this song reminds me of a charles bukowski poem

  24. Mr22thou

    "Isn't he a bit like you and me?"

  25. 김상준

    This makes me think that my peculiar life still has a reason to live

  26. TAGMATAGMATON

    The one upstaii


    The one upstaires is your broyher ot sister in Christ.
    Be tollerant, be patient, be loving to him or her
    I t is the dall for you!

  27. john cooper

    not a good place to be

    john cooper

    if you know what i mean ?

    Lyndsey Cohen

    john cooper : I know what you mean.

  28. rafael de la torre u

    Sad song. But what a beautiful song

  29. what's on your playlist

    crying over this song

  30. Вискарь

    Favorite song

  31. Insightful View

    i think the most peculiar man that theyre talking about was a 'targeted individual.' i am too :(

  32. Zi Zhuang

    Mrs Reardon should know, she lived upstairs from him. Nice sarcasm there

  33. Matt Lugg

    He wasn't friendly and he didn't care, sounds like the 50% of the human population.

    Harsangeet Sidhu

    Hahah more.

    G&MM

    The irony being they’re not friendly and didn’t care about him.

  34. ego death

    I think it's pretty bad that I relate to this song.

  35. A Weird Hand

    I am so glad I found this song today. Cathartic.

  36. George Powell

    I've been there. Depression sucks.

  37. Steve Webb

    This song, which I first heard on a foreign Internet radio station broke through the hard exterior I try to present to the outside world, caused my eyes to well up and the tears to flow. What a poignant song in terms of the society which we have managed to create by alienating so many people. According to the Samaritans in 2018, 84 men a week comit suicide in the UK in addition to 20+ women. What an utter disgrace. It's funny that the BBC and the Office for National Statistics released a news Item to coincide with the Samaritans report saying that the suicide rate in the UK in 2018 is the lowest since 2011. Mmmmm.... I wonder who is right!
    Heartbreaking stuff which I can readily reate to. .

  38. Fionnuala Murphy

    "and all the people said its a shame that he's dead but wasn't he a most peculiar man" typical
    people don't really care about anyone but themselves.......its really a sad and depressing song, but somehow I love it!

  39. Fionnuala Murphy

    I often think about this song. Its sang in a happy tune but its really sad! I could cry. I'm remembering back to the 70s when I was young. The words are so powerful but simple

  40. Cristina Lopez Gevers

    This song is the story of an autistic person. Didn't anyone catch this?

  41. Tom Reynolds

    another thought provoking song by simon and garfunkel.

  42. Lainey Wright

    There was no Clarence there to stop his suicide. But then again, he was no George Bailey. There was no spouse, dream house fixer-upper, no children, friends, or family... Only a brother somewhere, that should be notified soon, doesn't sound too peculiar, just adrift.

  43. Jess Manchester

    He doesn’t sound all that perculiar to me.

  44. Instazome ASMR

    lol well shoot

  45. Matt Lugg

    Who are the soulless pricks you disliked this

  46. Laura Beane

    He died last Saturday.....

  47. SIMON GÅRDH

    Finally a song that's relatable! - A song about a man who hasn't experienced anything!
    "He seldom spoke" Yes, you can say that again! (but I won't cause I seldomly speak)

  48. Kenny Loggins

    How the fuck would Mrs Riordan know, i bet the sick old fuck was into some really creepy shit. And the 'most peculiar man' was vilified for not wanting to be a part of it. Mrs Riordan really was a weird old cunt.
    Rename the tune to 'mrs riordan was a weird old judgemental shit' then we can talk

  49. Flávia Regina

    Cowsills made a cool and beautiful version.

  50. Kc Trieber

    Many of the songs on this album deal with depression . Many years before we ever understood the problem.

  51. Emma O

    What I'm thinking when I listen to this song: "He just died and that's all they can say?"

  52. A I

    THAT is music... not the shit nowadays

  53. Michele Masotti

    meravigliosa

  54. Griffin Kneesock

    Fun Fact for those who don't know: Paul Simon wrote this while he lived in England. After reading a short 4-line long obituary of a man who killed themselves in the morning paper.

    Laurie Allan

    April Come She Will is a metaphor for the arrival and departure of the European Cuckoo👍🏻

  55. Andis Lauris

    How cannot like such beauty ?

  56. markéta št

    He was a most peculiar man.
    That's what Mrs. Riordan said and she should know;
    She lived upstairs from him
    She said he was a most peculiar man.

    He was a most peculiar man.
    He lived all alone within a house,
    Within a room, within himself,
    A most peculiar man.

    He had no friends, he seldom spoke
    And no one in turn ever spoke to him,
    'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't care
    And he wasn't like them.
    Oh, no! he was a most peculiar man.

    He died last Saturday.
    He turned on the gas and he went to sleep
    With the windows closed so he'd never wake up
    To his silent world and his tiny room;
    And Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere
    Who should be notified soon.
    And all the people said, "What a shame that he's dead,
    But wasn't he a most peculiar man?"

  57. Henrique Souza

    He was a most peculiar man
    That's what Mrs. Reardon says
    And she should know
    She lived upstairs from him
    She said he was a most peculiar man

    He was a most peculiar man
    He lived all alone within a house
    Within a room, within himself
    A most peculiar man

    He had no friends, he seldom spoke
    And no one in turn ever spoke to him
    'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't
    Care
    And he wasn't like them
    O, no-o-o!
    He was a most peculiar man

    He died last Sat-you're-day...
    He turned on the gas! and he went to sleep!
    With the windows closed!
    So he'd never wake up!
    To his silent world!
    And his tiny room!
    And Mrs Reardon says he has a brother somewhere!

    Who should be notified so-oo-oon...

    And all the people said,
    What a shame that he's dead,
    But wasn't he a most peculiar man?

    --Paul Simon

  58. Ted Cantu

    I found this album I think two times. It was in both divorced parents album collections... it was even more peculiar.. because no one ever talked about it.

  59. Robert Bermudez

    Overlooked gem

  60. Jude Whyte

    Wonderful...speechless i am

  61. David M

    Introverts are not peculiar we are just different to extroverts. Extroverts may think introverts are peculiar but introverts think extroverts are peculiar.

    SIMON GÅRDH

    I think this song is about someone much more peculiar than just an ordinary introvert.

  62. Diana the Smol Bean

    It saddens me that so many of the comments relates to this song. I, personally, became obsessed with this song (and its concept/theme) when I was about 12 (so...about 12 years ago?). I didn't end up like the Peculiar Man in the end. I got lucky and I became my own company and somehow managed to pull through. That being said...

    I know a lot these comments are well over a year old, but if anyone ever reads this, at any point in time, you can reach out to me. Even if it's been 5 years since I posted this, you will have a support system through me.

    None of us have to be alone. We all deserve the opportunity to live and thrive and be happy. I don't know you...but I love you. You will be ok.

    SIMON GÅRDH

    That is such a beautiful comment

    A Weird Hand

    Thank you.

  63. popbottle

    He was a rock.

  64. Brian J Butterly

    Very poignant and so sad that he dies

  65. Patrick Ney

    The most peculiar man wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs, was he?

  66. Kevin Varney

    Written when we were still using coal gas instead of natural gas.

  67. tomberbers

    sorry for the mistakes in tiping
    i hate people who dont understand other people

  68. tomberbers

    i have been reading all your bulolshit
    about this songtheer are lonely peopek every where
    and i prefrer to be alone with my dogs
    then having to put on with stupid people

  69. Brian Andrejicka

    I was in a good mood until I listened to this song. Now I'm very sad. I think I'll eat something.

  70. Fifofal Viololal

    I cry so bad everytime I listen. This music is so amazing 😢

  71. Shelley Goodman

    I know what was wrong with him; he had Asperger's syndrome and/or he was autistic. I really love the song and I can relate to some of the lyrics; I can relate to "he lived all alone, within a house within a room within himself

  72. Jeanette C

    "He lived all alone within a house within a room, within himself"

  73. raphael44ify

    This is music to cut your wrists to.

  74. mygg 22

    Mrs reordien,, top girl

  75. mygg 22

    I am peculiar, one day I will die, they were spot on these people exist, genius and insanity!!! fine line.

    Insightful View

    Dephconn 22 wrong. an ACTUAL genius is more sane than anyone else

  76. Adtor Quinn

    I am alone, feel depressed and sometimes I wonder "Is this what's waiting for me?"

    r dallas

    Brain tumor and former prostitute with thirty years of various addictions and 10 years in prison I know hard knocks.

    r dallas

    @contrafax I figure I can choose my path but I can't hide from all of it so it is what it is

    r dallas

    To quote another fave kid Rock " you couldn't change it couldn't rearrange it, so there it was"

    r dallas

    @contrafax thanks yes I am currently and have been building rather then destroying I appreciate the well wishes and i can always make a day of talking or listening to the Tom and Jerry Simon and Garfunkel and the Paul Simon solo albums so you spread joy today God bless I'm a girl but I answer to dude I'm a duder myself

    r dallas

    @contrafax you're alright in my book I am a trudging trojan from way back with the rhythm of the saints in my soul lol

  77. Suzzet

    today I had the most awful day at school with my social anxiety, fuck this, I hate it so much

    Suzzet

    Deen Mia well, It's not like I'm expecting to get better but it's always good to know I'm not the only one

  78. Krakolio

    This is me!

  79. Rachel Sullivan

    I always loved songs of Simon & Garfunkel because it brings back my childhood memories where I used to listen to these songs with my dad. But this song in particular is special to me. I think of my ex when I hear this song and it makes me cry. And also my dad is a peculiar man too. Its just really sad. I hope they are okay.

    Adtor Quinn

    My Dad and my uncle too. I love this song but is so sad

  80. Hi Ho Wolverhampton

    When this song is your jam



    ;_;

  81. Fiona

    This song always makes me cry.

    Adtor Quinn

    I know...

  82. steven marshall

    Simple upbeat tune coupled with the deepest of lyrics. Keep an eye on this Paul Simon dude, he's going places.

  83. John6yt

    Has anyone notified his brother yet?

    Humbert Humbert

    Maybe his brother comitted suicide too...

    Johnny Red

    No. Nobody knows where he is. He's just 'somewhere'.

    Stewart Sanders

    Yea his brother said who's payin for the funeral **🤣**

  84. d walker

    What album was this on?

    Nullifidian

    _Sounds of Silence_. The one that's pictured in the video.

  85. Zoraida Aranibar Seminario

    the Best!!!

  86. John Arnold

    sad song none the less.......are we not all peculiar?

    itdoesntmatter56789

    Yes. Thankfully.

  87. Francis Campagna

    At the age of thirteen, I understood this man. I felt the same pain as him. By the age of eighteen, I felt fortunate that I had barely missed sharing his fate. I always come back to this song.

    Beneath the sea

    I feel you. I also understood this man, and I feel I still do. Luckily I haven't shared the last verse either. Not yet, anyway.

  88. Osama Gamal

    fuck social anxiety, fuck it.

    itdoesntmatter56789

    It is a wonderful thing that people without a clue can make one!

    Osama Gamal

    make what?

    itdoesntmatter56789

    @Osama Gamal
    Yes!

    Gurgle Mesh

    I get anxiety on everything

    Patrick Ney

    Osama Gamal "Sound of Silence", "I Am a Rock", and "A Most Peculiar Man". You can throw in "Song for the Asking" for good measure.

  89. daemosthenese

    Sherlock?

    hope patry

    Dont you fucking dare ; c ;

    Sherlock Holmes

    +hope patry what? what's wrong?

    sara

    +Timothy Doherty yesss😂😂

    Daisy Knox

    omg same 😂

    Marta Kaizak

    can you please but the link here

  90. Patrick McNees

    I'm posting this on my facebook feed. Why? Because I'm killing myself today! Goodbye world! It's been real...

    Tim Doherty

    Nooooooo!

    marksmanmerc1

    Patrick Mcnees See you, space cowboy

  91. DownTownStalker

    Just when you think you feel nothing, this makes me wanna break down and cry.

    Johnny Red

    Well, at least you're not a ROCK--cause a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.

  92. raymond hilton

    he is still there ???

  93. Kathy Meyer

    This brings tears to my eyes as well. Describes my son, and what I fear will happen to him when his father and I are no longer around to buffer him from the cruel world.

    Perry Kane

    Nice theory. What if you're wrong?

    TOMO

    Kathy Meyer the responsibility shouldn't be yours and your son alone to struggle with.
    Although there needs to be more service, professionals can help, especially therapy.

    Aniarable Channel

    1joentoni
    I agree. I will not assume on the intricacies of your son's life ma'am, but for most people, they must find strength in themselves to stand up against whatever the world will throw at them. Sheltering your son will only work for so long. Tough love is needed so that he can take responsibility for his own life.
    However, if your son is not like most people and has mental problems, I would recommend a therapist.

    Asher Lenze

    @Kathy Meyer
    Me too, me too.
    1joentoni, TOMO, and Aniarable Channel, you seem to have just jumped to conclusions about her comment though. We haven't been given all the information. I have a little brother with downs and so I can totally relate to Kathy Meyer when she expresses the need for someone to buffer her son from the cruel world. The world thinks of my little brother as a "peculiar person" and he would be destined to the fate of the suicidal man in the song without us. He's a mental illness and so do I and it's two completely different stories. I have learned to cope with depression without the buffering of my mother and father(they made it worse actually), but my brother needs us. Don't try to say what she's supposed to do or not do unless you know the full story.
    Life is not a one size fits all situation

    Andrew Mcguire

    Its not the cruel world, its the people living on it

  94. Jerell Jones

    Shut up

  95. Frank Grail

    very 60s sound -- I'm getting images of JFK, LBJ, older kids in college, short haircuts, people reading Kafka and Sartre ..

    Daniel S

    lbj listened to bridge over troubled water during the end of his life contemplating whether or not his presidency would have a positive impact on america in the long run

  96. Walt Pett

    You say I'm peculiar. I say I'm unique. You say I'm stubborn. I say I'm steadfast........... and so it goes.

  97. Frank Steinmetz

    Most people are peculiar....once you get to know them.

    Carlos Lima

    +Frank Steinmetz true, true.

    the logos

    Frank Steinmetz that's not really the message of the song..

    Frank Steinmetz

    You are right Luke! I just happened to think that when I was listening to their song on this site. Love their music....been listening since high school....a long time ago!!! : )

  98. jeffsjuststoked

    I have no friends. Nobody likes me. I live alone. Sometimes I'm sad. And I'm a peculiar man. But I don't need others to validate my existence. I deserve to exist. On my own volition. I'll never kill myself. No matter what life throws at me. No matter what happens. I'll always hold onto "never". Because I all I need is my own approval to know I deserve to exist. And no person can stop me from doing so as long as I strive to enjoy this strange life on my own.

    Asher Lenze

    @Free Love and Food Stamps
    ... um since when do guys need to have kissed a woman or had a girlfriend to be ok. im gay and i seem to be doing just fine without being romantically involved with other gender people

    boiled-squidz

    I hope you're having fun living your way

    Rene G.

    Like me.

    likable72

    No man Is an island.

  99. tonygeek12

    Maybe he was a nihilist, you know beacause "he didn't care". I might be wrong tho.

    Sara Currier

    that section of the song was how people saw him, not who he actually was. he had social anxiety.