Paul Simon has offered fans the first taste of his highly anticipated studio album In the Blue Light, which drops Sept. 7 via Sony Legacy. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has unveiled the lead track, which is a rearrangement of a previously released song “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor.”
The ex-Simon & Garfunkel star premiered the new version on Tuesday via BBC Radio 2 and posted the official audio via YouTube ahead of his upcoming U.S. farewell tour, which kicks off Sept. 5 in New Orleans at Smoothie King Centre. An alternate take of “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor” originally appeared on the legendary singer-songwriter's classic 1973 solo album There Goes Rhymin' Simon.
The new rendition of the song maintains the familiar descending piano intro but slows the tempo down considerably from the earlier version. It eventually falls into a bluesy groove with Simon singing, “There's been some hard feelings here/About some words that were said.”
Produced by the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" hitmaker himself along with Roy Haylee, In the Blue Light features 10 newly arranged songs, lifted from the 16-time Grammy winner's huge back catalog and features a star-studded list of guest artists. It is available for preorder here in CD, digital, vinyl formats and streaming.
Fans will release receive a free download of “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor” with each digital purchase. Check out the official audio for the new version of the song above.
Simon wrapped his last-ever European tour with a massive show on July 15 at London's historic Hyde Park. The Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour will wrap up with a final hometown concert in Queens, New York, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.