Watch Paul Simon & Stephen Colbert Update 'Feelin' Groovy' For A Terrifying Age
Right now, Paul Simon is nearing the end of his big summer tour. But last night (May 24), he took a break from the road to appear on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. As a multiple-time SNL host, Simon is plenty comfortable doing comedy, so he did a quick bit with Colbert.
The idea was that he no longer likes playing Simon & Garfunkel’s 1967 single “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” so he and Colbert changed the lyrics so that it could reflect a much scarier age. "Hello lampost, nice to see ya/ We might get bombed by North Korea," Colbert sang. "We're gettin' close to WWIII/ So run for the shelters, feelin' groovy." Then the pair got in on the act together. "The arctic's meltin', seas are boilin'/ These aren't the first pants that I'm soilin'/ We won't survive the century/ We're all doomed, I'm feelin' groovy."
Simon also sat down with Colbert and talked about re-recording his older songs for a new album and donating all the proceeds from his tour to a biodiversity foundation. And, for the first time, ever, he performed “Questions For The Angels,” a song from his 2011 album So Beautiful Or So What. It’s one of the songs he’s re-recording, and for the performance, he teamed up with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to give it a contemplative reading.
Watch it all below.
This article originally appeared on Stereogum.