At the Zoo (2:22)

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From Bookends and 59 other releases

The At The Zoo Songfacts tells us that in 1991 a children’s book was published by Paul Simon, titled “Simon and Garfunkel at the Zoo,” with rich, chocolatey illustrations by Valerie Michaut. However, the lyrics and concepts had to be altered slightly; for instance, the hamsters were given little headlights on their head to explain why they’d “turn on.”

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  • dana58

    Love it! :)

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sls

    I love the the match-striking sample with the flanger on it being used for percussion

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • awdylanis

    Can't visit the zoo without singing this song.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • freekykoolcat

    "Bookends" was a most excellent album..........

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sls

    Pigeons plot their secrecy and hamsters turn on frequently!

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • seaweedgirle

    I remember this commercial song!

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lucyjupiter

    Sweet song, but it always bothers me that the elephants are described as dumb.

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    This song was licensed for TV commercials for the Bronx Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo in the late 1970s. Not only that, but in 1991 a children's book was published by Paul Simon, titled "Simon and Garfunkel at the Zoo," with rich, chocolatey illustrations by Valerie Michaut. However, the lyrics and concepts had to be altered slightly; for instance, the hamsters were given little headlights on their head to explain why they'd "turn on." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=23697

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Giraffes are insincere.

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    It's amazing what you can find at the Zoo,,,

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mrshankly_

    inspired album.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Good song, thanks Paul!

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • azzad10

    nice album closer

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AneezMom

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • gdcman

    Perfect follow up song to Slayer. Thanks Last FM.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • nemu_no_mune

    Also, "Pigeons plot in secrecy." Interesting because me and my best friend had a theory that Pigeons are trying to take over the world. A lead here or what? D:

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nemu_no_mune

    Central Park Zoo! AND THE ZOO KEEPER IS VERY FOUND OF RUM!!!!

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • kinnison

    Hamsters turn on frequently - lmao :) Always makes me laugh - I get this song in my head sometimes.

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • zentratti

    true players

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ReverendJasmine

    antelopes are visionaries, I'm sure

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
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