Watch Paul Simon & Stephen Colbert Update 'Feelin' Groovy' For A Terrifying Age

Paul Simon during an interview with host Stephen Colbert on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on May 24, 2017.
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Paul Simon during an interview with host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on May 24, 2017. 

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.


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