Readers' Poll: 10 Best Solo Paul Simon Songs

See what tune managed to top "You Can Call Me Al," "Graceland" and "Still Crazy After All These Years"

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2. "Graceland"

The word "Graceland" was originally just a placeholder in Paul Simon's head until he could come up with a better word for his in-progress song. He was still reeling from the collapse of his marriage to Carrie Fisher and trying to make sense of it via music, but somehow or another the word "Graceland" wouldn't budge. "I couldn't replace it," he said. "I thought, 'Maybe I'm supposed to go to Graceland. Maybe I'm supposed to go on a trip and see what I'm writing about,' and I did." Reports vary about whether or not he took his young son Harper on the journey (as is stated in the lyrics) or even if the journey took place at all, but no matter what the truth is, he turned Elvis Presley's home into a symbol of hope and clarity. 

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