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Paul Simon: I'm game for a laugh

Paul Simon reckons people judge him as a serious person, when actually he's a bit of a joker.

The Graceland musician has been writing songs for 54 years and revealed he likes to show off his sense of humour.

Paul said: "I tend to be seen as a serious person and that's not really the case. Every album has songs with humour tucked into the stories.

"Really, though, I don't see large themes that span my songwriting career, unless it's the story of my life. There are the usual song subjects: love songs, family, social commentary. And, of course the changing perspective that comes with ageing."

The 70-year-old star also revealed some of the religious references in his music aren't as straightforward as they seem.

He said: "People often point out the amount of God or religious references in my music. It's true they've been there since the early writing. Mrs Robinson's 'Jesus loves you more than you will know' and so forth, and even on my last album So Beautiful Or So What, there's Love Is Eternal Sacred Light, Questions For The Angels and Love And Hard Times.

"Maybe there's a certain amount of spiritual seeking that could be seen as thematic. But just as often, the references are sceptical, such as Don't Believe, or mocking, as in the first two verses of Love And Hard Times."

:: Paul Simon's new retrospective album Songwriter is out now

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