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“Since I always loved this song I feel I would be remiss if I left it off the list. A big hit single back in 1967.”
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"At the Zoo" was one of Simon's and Garfunkel's single releases in 1967.

The song is one of Paul Simon's many tributes to his hometown of New York City. The narrative tells the story of a trip to the Central Park Zoo, perhaps under the influence of drugs; when the singer reaches the zoo, he anthropomorphizes the animals in various amusing ways, with a resulting cynical eye towards human life. Such statements as "elephants are kindly, but they're dumb," "antelopes are missionaries" and "pigeons plot in secrecy" reflect more about man than they do about the menagerie. The song was licensed in advertisements for the Bronx Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo in the late 1970s.

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Label: Columbia
Release Date: March 18, 1967

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