Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, released October 1966, is the third album by Simon & Garfunkel. It was produced by Bob Johnston, and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason provided the liner notes. The name comes from the second line of the album's first track, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle". The album peaked on the U.S. charts at #4.

The closing track, "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night," includes a news bulletin mixed in with the music. The bulletin reports the death of Lenny Bruce, the indictment of mass-murderer Richard Speck, and the calling out of the National Guard in response to civil protests.[1]

The album was included on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album, in its entirety, is part of the Simon & Garfunkel box sets Collected Works and The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964–1970).


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The album was released in mono and stereo versions in the United States by Columbia Records on 10 October 1966. It peaked on the U.S. charts at #4. Rolling Stone magazine co-founderRalph J. Gleason provided the liner notes.

"Homeward Bound", which is the fourth song in the American version, was not included on the UK version, as it had already appeared on the UK release of Sounds of Silence.

The album's name comes from the second line of the album's first track, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", an English folk song from the 16th century, paired with a counter-melody and text about a soldier.


In 2003, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was ranked number 201 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[2]

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Track listing[edit]Edit

"Scarborough Fair/Canticle"

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All songs by Paul Simon except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Traditional, arranged by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) – 3:10
    Recorded: July 26, 1966
  2. "Patterns" – 2:42
    Recorded: June 8, 1966
  3. "Cloudy" (Paul Simon, Bruce Woodley) – 2:10
    Recorded: June 10, 1966
  4. "Homeward Bound" – 2:30
    Recorded: December 14, 1965
  5. "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" – 2:44
    Recorded: June 15, 1966
  6. "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" – 1:43
    Recorded: August 16, 1966
Side two
  1. "The Dangling Conversation" – 2:37
    Recorded: June 21, 1966
  2. "Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall" – 2:10
    Recorded: December 22, 1965
  3. "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)" – 2:12
    Recorded: June 13, 1966
  4. "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" – 2:04
    Recorded: August 22, 1966
  5. "A Poem on the Underground Wall" – 1:52
    Recorded: June 13, 1966
  6. "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" (Josef MohrFranz Gruber) – 2:01
    Recorded: August 22, 1966
Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)
  1. "Patterns" (Demo) – 2:53
    Recorded: June 7, 1966
  2. "A Poem on the Underground Wall" (Demo) – 1:51
    Recorded: June 12, 1966


Chart (1966) Peak


Australian Albums Chart 14
UK Albums Chart 15
US Album Charts 4


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