|Originally Performed By||Paul Simon|
|Original Album||Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)|
|Historian||David Steinberg (zzyzx)|
The 1970s were a weird time. Disco was considered a valid art form, fashion was taken to questionable extremes, and people made hit records celebrating the joys of infidelity. Four years before Rupert Holmes would record his song about a couple who tried to cheat, only to discover a new bond around coconut based alcoholic drinks, Paul Simon wrote a ditty for home-wreckers everywhere.Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” is a conversation between a man who is unsatisfied with his relationship and a female friend. She starts out as a friend just giving advice, but reveals her ulterior motive by the end. If this song were released today, it would be fraught with controversy but between Steve Gadd’s cool drum fill and the funny ways that one could end things – it just was a fun little sing-along. Even The Muppet Show thought this song was kid friendly enough to have it performed when Simon was a guest. Sure, there was a running joke about it being, “50 Ways to Love Your Lever,” but it was otherwise played completely straight.The Muppets, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
Phish debuted this at on 8/8/11 at The Hollywood Bowl in the middle of a "Weekapaug Groove” sandwich. Fishman took the vocals with a little bit of a hiccup in the second verse. The song was played straight (well, as straight as any Fishman song is) with no vacuum solo or any other wacky instrument. Instead we were just reminded that you could just “slip out the back, Jack” or “hop on the bus, Gus” if you needed to “set yourself free.” This is yet another reason why it’s questionable to take moral guidance from a man who goes by Greasy Fizeek.Phish, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” – 8/8/11, Hollywood, CA
Phish.net is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.
This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed over $750,000 to support music education for children – 210 grants in 43 states, with more on the way.