Like many of you, my parents were Simon & Garfunkel fans. I grew up listening to their Greatest Hits on repeat. So, for a lot of us, this song is like a big ol' bowl of comfort food.
Now that I'm an adult, and I know that the song was, in Paul Simon's words, inspired directly by "Mary Don't You Weep", a pre-Civil War spiritual about the Bible story of Lazarus being raised from the dead, I hear it a lot differently. Originally written for guitar, Paul Simon moved it to piano to keep the gospel feel and message.
And can we talk for a minute about Art Garfunkel's powerful voice that completely OWNS this song? It's an instrument in and of itself.