"A Hazy Shade of Winter" (listen to it here) was written by Paul Simon in the early sixties and appears on Simon & Garfunkel's fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). The song is a metaphor for a life which draws upon the transition from fall to winter. It speaks of a person who once had great hope, but as time goes on, hope is slowly transitioning to uncertainty. There is a haze through which the writer cannot see clearly. He listens to the Salvation Army Band for inspiration but it is unclear if this gives him any peace. Ultimately, he rejects the message of salvation and turns back to his vodka and lime while reading his collection of incomplete rhymes. It is a mid-life crisis song in which the singer wonders if he has accomplished anything in his life and longs for something more; he longs to be remembered. He recognizes that it should be the springtime of his life, but the patch of snow on the ground tells him that winter is coming.
Hazy Shade of Winter
Time, time time, see what's become of meWhile I looked around for my possibilitiesI was so hard to pleaseBut look aroundThe leaves are brownAnd the sky is a hazy shade of winterHear the Salvation Army bandDown by the riverside, there's bound to be a better rideThan what you've got plannedCarry your cup in your handAnd look around youLeaves are brown, nowAnd the sky is a hazy shade of winterHang on to your hopes, my friendThat's an easy thing to sayBut if your hopes should pass awaySimply pretend that you can build them againLook aroundThe grass is highThe fields are ripeIt's the springtime of my lifeSeasons change with the sceneryWeaving time in a tapestryWon't you stop and remember meAt any convenient time?Funny how my memory skips while looking over manuscriptsOf unpublished rhymeDrinking my vodka and lime
I look aroundLeaves are brown, nowAnd the sky is a hazy shade of winterLook aroundLeaves are brownThere's a patch of snow on the groundLook aroundLeaves are brownThere's a patch of snow on the groundLook aroundLeaves are brownThere's a patch of snow on the groundWords and music written by Paul Simon; published by Universal Music Publishing Group ©.