Paul Simon Feels Not-So-Groovy with Stephen Colbert and Performs “Question For The Angels” with Bill Frisell on The Late Show [YouTube Official Videos]

Earlier this week, Paul Simon was a special guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch his segments on the show below:

Paul Simon And Stephen Colbert Are ‘Feelin’ Groovy’
Paul Simon and Stephen Colbert Interview
Paul Simon Performs ‘Question For The Angels’ With Bill Frisell

A pilgrim on a pilgrimage
Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge
His sneakers torn
In the hour when the homeless move their cardboard blankets
And the new day is born
Folded in his backpack pocket
The questions that he copied from his heart
Who am I in this lonely world?
And where will I make my bed tonight?
When twilight turns to dark

Questions for the angels
Who believes in angels?
Fools do
Fools and pilgrims all over the world

If you shop for love in a bargain store
And you don’t get what you bargained for
Can you get your money back?
If an empty train in a railroad station
Calls you to its destination
Can you choose another track?
Will I wake up from these violent dreams
With my hair as white as the morning moon?

Questions for the angels
Who believes in angels?
I do
Fools and pilgrims all over the world

Downtown Brooklyn
The pilgrim is passing a billboard
That catches his eye
It’s Jay-Z
He’s got a kid on each knee
He’s wearing clothes that he wants us to try

If every human on the planet and all the buildings on it
Should disappear
Would a zebra grazing in the African Savannah
Care enough to shed one zebra tear?
Questions for the angels

Things start with a humerous take on the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” from their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Simon says he loathes the song because it feels naive, and dated. As the two change the lyrics, they are joined by Jon Batiste and his tuba player.

During the interview, Simon re-asserts that he hates “The 59th Street Bridge Song” and talks with Stephen about donating profits from his upcoming tour to E.O. Wilson’s Biodiversity Foundation. To close things out, Simon plays a lovely version of “Question For The Angels” from his 2011 album So Beautiful Or So What with guitarist Bill Frisell. It is the first time he has performed the song live.

Paul Simon’s tour begins in June. For the full tour dates, links to buy tickets, and more music, check out Paul Simon’s Zumic artist page.