Watch Paul Simon Get Dark Playing 'Feelin' Groovy' With Colbert

Stephen Colbert invites Simon to play a very different version of the classic song.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images • May 25, 2017

Paul Simon made his way onto "The Late Show" on Wednesday night, and before performing “Questions For The Angels” for the first time, he spent some time with Stephen Colbert in the green room.

Colbert wanted to sing "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)," Simon & Garfunkel's 1967 single, with the legend, but Simon said that he didn't feel comfortable playing that upbeat song in such times of turmoil. To compromise, Colbert offered a different set of the lyrics, "Hello lamppost / Nice to see ya / We might get bombed by North Korea / We're getting close to World War III / So run for the shelters / Feelin' groovy." Simon kicked in with equally as morbid lyrics, and so the new version of "Feelin' Groovy" was born.

After the little skit, Simon played "Questions for Angels" from 2011's So Beautiful Or So What. For the performance, he was joined by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. He's rerecording that song, along with a bunch others for a new album, whose proceeds will benefit a biodiversity foundation. Watch that below, along with an interview segment from the show:

To get tickets for Paul Simon's tour, which kicks off June 1, get them here. All proceeds will go toward Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

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