Slip Slidin' Away

"Slip Slidin' Away" is a 1977 song written and recorded by Paul Simon which appears on his compilation album Greatest Hits, Etc. It was one of two new songs to appear on the album, the other being "Stranded in a Limousine". Backing vocals on the song are provided by The Oak Ridge Boys. The song was originally recorded and considered for Simon's 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, but Simon decided not to include the song on the finished album. A demo version appears on the 2004 re-issue of the album.[1][2][3][4] The song was also included on Negotiations and Love Songs (1988).

"Slip Slidin' Away"
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Single by Paul Simon
from the album Greatest Hits, Etc.
B-side"Something So Right"
ReleasedOctober 1977
GenreSoft rock, folk rock, country pop
Songwriter(s)Paul Simon
Producer(s)Paul Simon, Phil Ramone
Paul Simon singles chronology
"Still Crazy After All These Years" / "I Do It For Your Love"
"Slip Slidin' Away" / "Something So Right"
"Stranded in a Limousine" / "Have a Good Time"

Billboard Magazine found the melody to be "catchy" and the lyrics to be "sensitive. thoughtful. melancholic and evocative."[5]

"Slip Slidin' Away" was released as a single in October 1977 and became a major hit, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.[6] The song eventually became a hit at both Simon's solo concerts and Simon & Garfunkel concerts.[citation needed]


Chart performanceEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versionsEdit

The Persuasions recorded an a cappella version on their 1985 album No Frills (Rounder Records)

Recorded by Aqualung for their 2008 album, Words and Music.



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  2. ^ "Paul Simon– Slip Slidin Away / Stranded In A Limousine". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Greatest Hits, Etc". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Paul Simon - Slip Slidin' Away + lyrics". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. October 15, 1977. p. 82. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  6. ^ "Slip Slidin' Away (4:44)". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "RPM100: Singles" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 28 no. 18. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. January 28, 1978. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "RPM: Adult Oriented Playlist" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 28 no. 11. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. December 10, 1977. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  10. ^ " – Paul Simon – Slip Slidin' Away" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 499. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ "Paul Simon - Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "Paul Simon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 28 no. 14. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. December 31, 1977. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Paul Simon – Slip Slidin' Away". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 16, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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