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Watch Paul Simon and Stephen Colbert Reinvent "Feelin' Groovy" for Trump Era

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Watch Paul Simon and Stephen Colbert Reinvent "Feelin' Groovy" for Trump Era

When Paul Simon stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, he was obviously ready to wear his comedy hat. There to perform “Questions for the Angels,” a song from his excellent 2011 album So Beautiful Or So What, Simon taped a bit with Colbert in which the two update the lyrics to his classic Simon & Garfinkel tune, “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” for a considerably less groovy era.

When Colbert asks Simon if he still likes performing “Feelin’ Groovy,” Simon replies, “Oh, I loathe that song. I don’t like it. It just feels naive, you know. It doesn’t feel like 2017. Wrong mood.”

Simon starts to play the song with Colbert on vocals, and the host immediately switches up the first verse: “Hello lamppost, nice to see ya / We might get bombed by North Korea.” They go on to namecheck Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence, and other personae non gratae.

Simon is set to launch his next tour on June 1. Watch the duet full here.

Below, check out Simon & Garfunkel playing “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” live in concert in 1993, another exclusive from the Paste Cloud.

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