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Exclusive Download: Paul Simon's New Single 'Getting Ready For Christmas Day'

Track is the first single from Simon's forthcoming disc 'So Beautiful Or What'

November 22, 2010 9:00 AM ET

"Getting Ready For Christmas Day," the first track from Paul Simon's forthcoming CD So Beautiful Or So What, is available below for exclusive download. Built around a sample of pastor J.M. Gates preaching in 1941, the song is about an uncle pondering the fate of his nephew serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. The album will hit stores in the spring. It will be Simon's first LP since 2006's Surprise, and his first since leaving Warner Bros. for Concord Music. Plans are underway for Simon to support the new album with a tour in 2011.

 

 

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