“Kathy’s Song” is a folk ballad written by Paul Simon, one half of the American folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. It was first recorded and released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966 on their album “Sounds of Silence.” The song is a heartfelt tribute to Kathy Chitty, a friend of Paul Simon’s from his time in England.
Kathy’s Song Lyrics Meaning
Like Bruce Springsteen had his musical muse Mary, Paul Simon found inspiration in his girlfriend Kathy. Though unnamed except for the title, she is clearly the subject of “Kathy’s Song.” Simon poetically describes feeling raindrops outside, triggering thoughts of his distant love across the ocean. He longs to send her kisses on the breeze, though their separation tears at him.
Preoccupied with thoughts of Kathy, Simon struggles to work, his devotion overpowering all else. Yet he remains dedicated to their relationship, grateful for her love. Through elegant language, he captures the pining of distance and steadfastness of love.
Simon’s artistry shines in this live recording, performing solo with only his guitar. His gentle voice sounds intimate, almost shy, as he gives moving voice to this romantic song. He draws the audience in with the raw emotions conveyed through simple yet eloquent lyrics. Subtle embellishments on guitar compliment his singing without overtaking it. This rendition shows Simon’s mastery, requiring just a guitar and vocal to deliver a beautiful, heartfelt love letter in song. The added guitar solo provides a nice finishing touch.
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 rain-drenched 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