#7. Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher wrote about each other quite a bit
Fisher and Simon were together for a total of 12 years, with a short attempt at marriage smack in the middle of that time.
Both of them are known for spinning the stories of their lives into gold, so it should be no surprise that they mined one another for material.
Simon wrote several songs about Fisher, including the title track off of Hearts and Bones, which was actually written before their marriage, but foreshadows how they are doomed but still forever entwined:
“One and one-half wandering Jews
Returned to their natural coasts
To resume old acquaintances
And step out occasionally
And speculate who had been damaged the most
Easy time will determine if these consolations
Will be their reward
The arc of a love affair
Waiting to be restored
You take two bodies and you twirl them into one
Their hearts and their bones
And they won’t come undone”
Fisher even makes light of what must be the roughest verse he ever wrote about her in a section of Wishful Drinking:
“When we got back, Paul wrote an album called The Rhythm Of The Saints – and on this album is the last song he ever wrote about me – and it’s called She Moves On (an ironic title).
Anyway, one of the lyrics of the song goes like this:
‘She is like a top
She cannot stop.’
So yeah, he knew me. But the lyric I really wanted to tell you about was this:
‘And I’m afraid that I’ll be taken
Abandoned and forsaken
In her cold coffee eyes …’
Yep, I’m a bitch. Poor Paul. He had to put up with a lot.”
It is widely assumed that Fisher’s novel Surrender the Pink is about her time with Simon:
And, the section in Wishful Drinking that deals with their time together is easily as direct and unflinching as anything Simon ever wrote about her:
“I was good for material, but when it came to day-to-day living, I was more than he could take.
We once had a fight (on our honeymoon) where I said: ‘Not only do I not like you, I don’t like you personally!’
We tried to keep the argument going after that, but we were laughing too hard.
Once, when I was flying to Los Angeles, we’d been fighting all morning, so Paul drove me to the airport to get rid of me faster. As I was about to get on the plane, I said: ‘You’ll feel bad if I crash.’
And he shrugged and said: ‘Maybe not.'”
That’s oddly prophetic in light of recent events, but it should also give you a great sense of Fisher’s incredible, but often uncredited, wit.
Her irreplaceable and implacable voice sold millions of books and saved who-knows-how-many films.
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