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Hearts and Bones

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Hearts and Bones is a rock and roll album released in 1983 by Paul Simon.

The title track is about Simon and his then-wife Carrie Fisher as they travel through New Mexico ("one and one-half wandering Jews"), and also about love in general. The album also contains one of the few songs about numbers (and love)—"When Numbers Get Serious", which evokes the beginnings of the Information Age. Also unusual is "Think Too Much", actually two different songs with the same title and chorus line, dealing generally with thinking (and love). The eighth track is a surreal song about the surrealist artist René Magritte and his wife Georgette, and fancifully suggests that they secretly admired the music of such doo-wop artists as The Penguins, The Moonglows, The Orioles, and The Five Satins. The title derives from a caption to a photograph of the Magrittes, "Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog during the war". The last track is Simon's homage to John Lennon, who had been killed shortly before Simon wrote it, although the song and its title also wistfully harken back to Johnny Ace, an early rock and roller who committed suicide.

Track listing:

  1. Allergies
  2. Hearts and Bones
  3. When Numbers Get Serious
  4. Think Too Much (a)
  5. Song About the Moon
  6. Think Too Much (b)
  7. Train in the Distance
  8. René and Georgette Magritte with their Dog after the War
  9. Cars are Cars
  10. The Late Great Johnny Ace
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