The Sun Is Burning Lyrics - Simon and Garfunkel

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The sun is burning in the sky
Strands of clouds go slowly drifting by
In the park the lazy bees
Are dronin' in the flowers, among the trees
And the sun burns in the sky

Now the sun is in the West
Little kids go home to take their rest
And the couples in the park
Are holdin' hands and waitin' for the dark
And the sun is in the West

Now the sun is sinking low
Children playin' know it's time to go
High above a spot appears
A little blossom blooms and then draws near
And the sun is sinking low

Now the sun has come to Earth
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Shrouded in a mushroom cloud of death
Death comes in a blinding flash
Of hellish heat and leaves a smear of ash
And the sun has come to Earth

Now the sun has disappeared
All is darkness, anger, pain and fear
Twisted, sightless wrecks of men
Go groping on their knees and cry in pain
And the sun has disappeared



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Both happy and sad | Reviewer: Nicolas | 8/3/14

In three days it will be exactly 69 years the first A-bomb fell on Hiroshima. Bad news for all those who lived there then. Good news for me and my wife. We were rescued by this bomb being children on the brink of death in a Japanese camp for women and children.
Knowing the aftermath of radiation now I'm sad for all the innocent people that suffered. And so is this song: Happy as it starts sand in ending.

The writer of The Sin is Burning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/16/14

Please give credit where it's due, Paul Simon did not write The Sun is Burning - it was written by Ian Campbell, a Scot living in Birmingham, England.

The sun has come to earth | Reviewer: Paul | 10/27/13

My Favourite singer of this song is John Mc Dermott. The crystal clear voice does wonders. And yes I am 56 years old. And this song can bring tears to my eye's. The Horror of the Atomic Bomb.
The only thing wrong with this world. Is that Mankind is on it. Imagine what a Wonderful world it would be without Man.

Eventually the message got through! | Reviewer: flaglady | 11/5/12

I've had this song for ages but only recently, having finally got a car with a cd player, I've been able to actually HEAR the words instead of just la-la-la-ing along to the tune. I was stunned at it's beauty, intensity and crystal clear message. I am assuming that the spot that appears high above is the Enola Gay on her infamous flight to deliver the bomb, unnoticed by the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We should take note ....

So Beautifully Sad | Reviewer: The Last Phoenix | 8/21/12

I am a young teen and I realized the true meaning and horror behind this song last year when we studied WWII in school. I really love this song and how normal the day begins and what a drastic climax it has. I love the symbolism of the sun- while it is in the sky everything is peaceful, when it goes down to the Earth the bomb does too and after it is dark everything lays in chaos. It is so sweet and sad. My favorite line is "High above, a spot appears/ A little blossom blooms and then draws near/ And the sun is sinking low" :')

Creepy, and rightly so | Reviewer: Roy Buck | 7/2/12

This short, simple, poignant song is one of the most powerful statements ever penned about the horrors of nuclear war. It is the musical equivalent of the stunning final scene in the movie "Fail-Safe", in which still shots of ordinary New Yorkers frozen in the midst of their everyday activities are shown as the bomb that obliterates them goes off.

By the way, I just heard Kate Wolf's version of this song for the first time, and it is well worth listening to also. Simon & Garfunkel's version is creepy; Wolf's version is equally creepy in a very different way. S & G's version is creepy because of its burning intensity. Wolf's slow, languid version is almost the opposite: creepy because it is so understated; because the beauty of her melodious voice is such a contrast to the ugly horror of the words.

An alternative performance | Reviewer: Cahal McAleer | 4/13/12

Ordinarily, I tend to subscribe to the view that the writer makes the best version of his/her own lyrics. In this case, I would make an exception. I have just listened (many times!) to the version of 'The Sun is Burning' by the late Luke Kelly of the Dubliners. Spellbinding!!!

Gentle horror | Reviewer: George Sweeney | 6/12/11

I feel this is the most poignant and wrenching appraisal ever made
of the horror that is the atom. In a few well chosen words, S & G
have captured the essence of the black cloud that hangs over the world.

One of S & G's greatest ever...thank goodness its released | Reviewer: notabout me | 5/7/11

After my vinyl records were thrown out and i slowly replaced the essential ones, like Wednesday Morning at 3 am, I was thrilled to hear the additional songs released on the CD. The Sun Is Burning In the Sky is one of the best S & G songs recorded. Their sweet harmony has never moved or blended better. It is exquisite. On every level. The song is so deceptively welcoming, and simplistic sounding. Its music and lyrics are a counterpoint to one another. Just brilliant.

oh - wow!!! | Reviewer: John van Gelderen | 3/10/10

I am 55 years old. I knew this album existed, but never listened to it. Simon and Garfunkel sometimes built powerful, sad and twisted messeges in songs that sounded so sweet, like Barbara Allen and Down In the Willow Garden on the Angel Clair album.

The Sun is Burning sounds so sweet and peaceful. It took me about five to ten repeats to hear how early in the song they transition from a peaceful sunset to something that rises instead, the thing we still fear, forty five years after the song was written, the bright flash, and the mushroom cloud.



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