Listen to the song of Siman and Garfunkel Richard Cory . Compare the song to the poem .Which do you like better anyway? song

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel's song:

With political connections to spread his wealth around.

Born into society, a banker's only child,


He had everything a man could want:  power, grace, and style.

But I work in his factory

And I curse the life I'm living

And I curse my poverty

And I wish that I could be...

Richard Cory.

The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes:

Richard Cory at the Opera, Richard Cory at a show.

And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht.

Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he's got.


He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,

And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,

So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:

"Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."


The song follows the theme of Robinson's poem; however, Richard Cory is more real in the song since he does not seem so isolated and more details are given about him. However, he is portrayed in a rather unfavorable light as he seems avaricious and immoral:  He owns half of the town and he has parties and even orgies.  Yet, he is still unhappy for some reason.  Perhaps, he has no meaningful relationship despite all the people around him.

What is interesting is that Simon and Garfunkel still sing the refrain after the line that Cory has "put a bullet in his head."

Michael Foster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the song, "Richard Corey" (lyrics by Paul Simon), the view of Richard is less admiring and more cynical.  Instead of being a gentleman, " he is viewed al having "political connections."  Instead of being rich, it is portrayed as owning "one half of this old town," denoting control and power for power's sake, rather than money earned honorably.

Instead of being seen as "quietly arrayed, " Simon portrays him as a "media hog," with his picture constantly being displayed.  Instead of "schooled in every grace," Richard has parties and orgies on his yacht. 

His charity is viewed as condescending.  In short, instead of admiration, Richard has earned nothing but resentment from his fellow townspeople.

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