Apr 072011

Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What, his first album in five years, drops next week (listen to it now on NPR), so it figures the Simon promotion machine is in full swing. Just an hour ago we heard Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig cover Simon and now Simon himself performs a Jimmy Cliff cover.

As explained at the beginning of the clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Cliff’s “Vietnam” inspired his own hit “Mother and Child Reunion.” Fitting, then, that his performance of the first segues straight into the second. It’s a tender anti-war jam, featuring a rare appearance by the bass ukulele. Check it out below.

Paul Simon – Vietnam (Jimmy Cliff cover)

Check out more Paul Simon at his website.

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