Gone at Last

Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jessy Dixon Singers

About Gone at Last

"Gone at Last" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), released on Columbia Records. Phoebe Snow and the Jessy Dixon Singers provide guest vocals, with Snow receiving credit on the single release.


Year:
1975
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The night was black, the roads were icy 
Snow was fallin', drifts were high
And I was weary from my driving
And I stopped to rest for awhile

I sat down at a truck stop
I was thinking about my past
I've had a long streak of that bad luck
But I'm praying it's gone at last

[Chorus]
Gone at last, gone at last 
Gone at last, gone at last
I had a long streak of bad luck
But I pray it's gone at last
Oo, oo, oo... 

I ain't dumb
I kicked around some
I don't fall too easily 
But that boy looked so dejected 
He just grabbed my sympathy

Sweet little soul now, what's your problem?
Tell me why you're so downcast 
I've had a long streak of bad luck 
But I pray it's gone at last

[Chorus]

Once in a while from out of nowhere
When you don't expect it, and you're unprepared
Somebody will come and lift you higher
And your burdens will be shared

Yes I do believe, if I hadn't met you 
I might still be sinking fast
I've had a long streak of that bad luck
But I pray it's gone at last 

[Chorus]

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Paul Simon

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an award-winning musician whose talents in composing, performing, and vocal harmony placed him at the forefront of the singer-songwriters on an international scale. Simon's fame, influence and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sounds of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African… more »

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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15 facts about this song

Song Specifics
"Gone at Last" is a song written and sung by Paul Simon, a popular American musician, song-writer, and actor.
Album Facts
The song is an integral part of his 4th solo studio album titled "Still Crazy After All These Years", which was released in 1975.
Chart Performance
With "Gone at Last" as one of the standout tracks, the album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Collaboration Info
The song is a duet between Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow, a popular Grammy-nominated blues singer.
Genre Classification
The track combines several music genres including pop, R&B, and gospel, accentuating Paul Simon's versatility as a musician.
Lyrics Significance
The lyrics of "Gone at Last" depict a sense of relief and excitement when moving on from a difficult situation or period in one's life.
Song Structure
The song employs a call and response format commonly found in traditional gospel music.
Gospel Influence
The Gospel group, The Jessy Dixon Singers, provided backing vocals to the song.
Notable Cover Versions
The song has been covered by various artists over the years, including famous names like Maxine Nightingale and Richard "Dimples" Fields.
Musical Recognition
"Still Crazy After All These Years", the album where the song "Gone at Last" is part of, won the Grammy award for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" in 1976.
Single Release
Though "Gone at Last" was not released as a single from the album, it still managed to gain significant radio airplay.
Live Performances
"Gone at Last" was regularly performed during Paul Simon's live concerts, often being included in the setlist.
The Distinctive Ending
The song ends with a vocal scat section, adding to its distinctive gospel-blues feel.
Inspirational Role
"Gone at Last" has been noted for its ability to inspire other artists, leading to covers in diverse genres.
Eclectic Music Style
"Gone at Last," with its blend of genres, perfectly encapsulates Paul Simon's unique, eclectic songwriting and music style.

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  • seans.97612
    Amazing song - I saw Phoebe perform this in Central Park (no Paul).

    Moving - gospel but not all gospel-y.
    LikeReply1 year ago

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