If you were a child of the ’80s, you probably listened to a lot of Paul Simon especially his seminal album Graceland. (Usually I use “seminal” as a joke, but in this case I’m deadly serious. It should be a federal mandate that everyone own at least one copy of Graceland. Then we can work on getting everybody two copies.) For a while my favorites were ‘Under African Skies’ and ‘I Know What I Know,’ but that quickly changed when my dad explained something about the mostly overshadow, simple ditty ‘Gumboots.’
“He wrote that about Princess Leia.” And my poor little mind broke.
Everything about Fisher and Simon’s short lived-marriage and subsequent decade-long relationship sounds horrible, but in an amazing way. For instance, this line from a People article about a recent Paul Simon biography:
The biography, out Oct. 11, explains that it was this mix of love and personal crises that caused Simon and Fisher to marry, divorce in 1984 and continue to date on and off for about a decade before finally ending their relationship after a psychedelic trip in the Amazon.
You might have had some bad break-ups, but you’ve never had “Broke up in the Amazon after a bad acid trip” bad. And you’ve also probably not had a former flame help you raise you first-born the way that Fisher helped Simon. Yeah, that’s right. They not only had a wildly passionate love affair that couldn’t be sustained, but they also had the touching post-love-affair relationship where they became genuine friends and cemented their status as “family” with each other. To the point that Fisher told Rolling Stone she enjoyed listening to the songs he wrote about her and their relationship.
“I do like the songs he wrote about our relationship,” she said. “Even when he’s insulting me, I like it very much. If you’re gonna be insulted, that’s the way to go.”
All of which I had somehow forgotten until I came across Simon’s Tweet
“Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon.” -Paul Simon
— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) December 28, 2016
Oh my god, that got me in feels I didn’t even know I had. Let them be an inspiration to us all.
Emily Chambers thinks this is the part where she’s supposed to say she’s not crying, you’re crying, but she’s just straight-up crying. She’ll be doing so while listening to ‘Crazy Love. Vol II’ for the rest of the day.