The 60’s was a time of much unrest, at least for me in my late teens/early 20’s. There were not only parts of the country that still displayed damage from WWII bombing, but there was also an imminent threat of a nuclear war as the USA and the USSR were poised over their respective missile firing buttons. There was also a growing awareness of inequality and poverty. This all culminated in a proliferation of songs generally categorized as “Protest” or “Social Conscience” songs.
Paul Simon was very good at protest and social conscience songs and around 1963/64, he wrote and recorded “Bleecker Street” I loved it as soon as I heard it, and still love it!
This is the more popular version with Art Garfunkel harmonies
“I saw a shadow touch a shadow’s hand” – a wonderful line. Enjoy