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Richard Cory

Written by Paul Simon

Album This song officially appears on the Wings Over America Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Richard Cory” is a song written by Paul Simon in early 1965, and recorded by Simon and Garfunkel for their second studio album, Sounds of Silence. The song was based on Edwin Arlington Robinson’s 1897 poem of the same title.

Plot

The song tells the tale of a Richard Cory from the perspective of one of the men who works in his factory. The factory worker is envious of the advantages and enjoyments available to Cory, believing him (Cory) to be a satisfied man. The last verse of the song ends similarly to the Robinson poem: “Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head”. The chorus repeats again after this verse. This signifies that, despite Cory’s unhappiness – explained by his suicide – the worker still “curses his [the worker’s] poverty“, and would still rather be Richard Cory.

Covers

The song was covered by Wings during their 1975-1976 Wings Over The World tour (available on the 1976 album Wings Over America). Denny Laine sang lead. […]

Last updated on February 7, 2017

Lyrics

They say that Richard Cory
Owns one half of this whole town
With political connections he spreads his wealth around
Born into society, a banker's only child
He had everything a man could want: money, grace, and style

The papers print his picture almost every place he goes
Richard Cory at the opera
Richard Cory at the shows
And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht
He really must be happy with everything he's got

But I work in his factory?
And I curse the life I'm living?
I curse my poverty?
I wish that I could be
I wish that I could be?
Oh, I wish that I could be?
Richard Cory

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

But I work in his factory?
And I curse the life I'm living?
I curse my poverty?
I wish that I could be
I wish that I could be
Oh, I wish that I could be?
Richard Cory.

Officially appears on


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

3:05 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

3:05 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey:
Remastering
Steve Rooke:
Remastering
Simon Gibson:
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976

Bootlegs


Rrrrooock Show

Unofficial live

3:15 • Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Welcome To Washington

Unofficial live

3:06 • Live

Concert From the concert in Seattle, USA on Jun 10, 1976


Great Lost Takal Master

Unofficial live • Released in 1996

2:53 • Live

Concert From the concert in Landover, USA on May 15, 1976


Wings Over Boston

Unofficial live • Released in 2000

2:58 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boston, USA on May 22, 1976


Wings Are Alright Tonight

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

2:59 • Live

Concert From the concert in London, United Kingdom on Oct 19, 1976


Live performances

“Richard Cory” has been played in 60 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Richard Cory” has been played








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John Andrew Heberling 2 months ago

"I wish that I could be.....John Denver! Oh. ho! I can't wait!"