So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

Friday, December 10, 2010
Frank Lloyd Wright (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Frank Lloyd Wright (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Not many architects can boast being the subject of a pop song, but, then again, Frank Lloyd Wright was always something special. Back in 1969, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel eulogized the architect in the eponymous “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright,” appearing on their Bridge Over Troubled Water album. Garfunkel took an interest in Wright while studying architecture at Columbia and later challenged Simon to write the song while living in California.

While some argue that the song is really a cryptic breakup poem between the two singers on the verge of splitting, I’m sticking with architecture going mainstream. As the song says, “Architects may come and/Architects may go and/Never change your point of view./ When I run dry/I stop awhile and think of you.”

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2 Responses to “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright”

  1. Curtis B. says:

    Interesting – and sad – that all the images accompanying the tune are pre-Wasmuth Portfolio. There is so much more to The Master than works completed one hundred years ago.

    So long, so long – ago.

    Curtis B Wayne, Architect

  2. Peter Green says:

    A beautiful evocation of the Prairie House period. I grew up a mile from the Robie House and and made a mission of visiting every Wright house I could… Read more at my blog at http:// . Thanks, Branden, for the haunting memories. Peter H. Green, AIA, AICP, Writer and Architect.

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