Wednesday Morning, 3 AM Songs Ranked

Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. is the debut studio album by American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Following their early gig as “Tom and Jerry”, Columbia Records signed the two in late 1963. It was produced by Tom Wilson and engineered by Roy Halee. The cover and the label include the subtitle exciting new sounds in the folk tradition. Recorded in March 1964, the album was released on October 19. The song “He Was My Brother” was dedicated to Andrew Goodman, who was their friend and a classmate of Simon at Queens College. Andrew Goodman volunteered in Freedom Summer during 1964 and was abducted and killed in the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. The album is included in its entirety as part of the Simon & Garfunkel box sets Collected Works and The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964–1970). Here are all of Wednesday Morning, 3 AM songs ranked.

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12. Go Tell It on the Mountain

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” is another gospel-y, upbeat song, sung soulfully. Artie and Paul really did some of their best work on this album. It contains beautiful religious and original songs by the boys and is wonderfully matched with the drums, banjo, and guitar.”

11. You Can Tell the World

“If you can manage to put all the existing circumstances out of your mind for a moment, “You Can Tell the World” S&G do a stirring, soulful rendition of this folksy, gospel-y, upbeat tune. Forget the overly harsh criticism you may have heard on this song-it’s great music, pure and simple.”

10. The Times They Are A-Changin’

“It’s not uncommon for an initial outing to be a mixed bag of original material, covers, and arrangements of traditional songs, which was the case here, with their cover of Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” ushering them into the inner circle for all things Bob Dylan, and gaining cross-over fans.”

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9. Sparrow

“Sparrow” is an allegory, almost a biblical parable, on Humanity’s penchant for abandoning those in need. “Who will love a little sparrow?…’Not I’, said the golden wheat, ‘I would if I could, but I cannot, I know…'”

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8. Benedictus

“Benedictus” is a Latin prayer…no word picture here, but I love Latin chant, and this is an interesting interpretation. “Benedictus” is very well sung, though it perhaps feels somewhat out of place although the album is somewhat eclectic.”

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7. Peggy-O

“Peggy-o” is nice enough, but it feels like a somewhat unnecessary addition, a bit fluffy I suppose. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is another gospel-y, upbeat song, sung soulfully.”

6. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

“One of the few sub-par tunes on this album is “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” where not only is the politics low quality but the song is juvenile even for folk.”

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5. He Was My Brother

“Paul Simon’s problems in expressing true anger surface again in the first of the original tracks – “He Was My Brother”. Despite a slightly grittier arrangement and some harsh lyrics, the song is just too nice to stir any real emotions in the listener.”

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4. The Sun Is Burning

“The Sun Is Burning” is a powerful anti-war song, specifically on the threat of nuclear holocaust. The lyrics of “The Sun Is Burning” are interesting to listen to, but the sound of the song is less captivating for me”

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3. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

“Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” is interesting but a bit too sweet sounding for me. I must say that I don’t dislike it, I just don’t listen to it much. (But look! A Paul Simon song that doesn’t really rhyme!)”

2. Bleecker Street

“It’s very folksy, but more up-tempo than some of the previous songs. Aside from the great sound of this song, the lyrics are very heartfelt and harshly moving. (I read that he probably wrote it for a friend who was killed working for civil rights…)”

1. The Sounds of Silence

“We do not really think of Simon & Garfunkel as being a folk group, mainly because when “The Sounds of Silence” became a big hit and a signature song of the 1960s it had been electrified.”