I have to say that I love this idea. An artist in Saginaw, Michigan, has been decorating the town with lines from Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. “We drove through the city and tried to find areas that symbolized abandonment: the broken railroad track, the empty school,” Eric Schantz told ABCNews. In one poignant note, he sprayed “They have gone to find America” across the doors of an abandoned college.
The lines are surprising, of course, when placed alongside the more mundane graffiti and tags. As they give food for thought, they also make you look more closely at the rest of the surroundings. Paul Simon’s manager asked for photos of the works. I’d be pretty flattered in his case.
The connection with Saginaw is an interesting one. What lyrics do you think would suit your town? I immediately thought of Shane McGowan’s version of “Dirty Old Town” for London (even though it was originally written by Ewan MacColl about the English town of Salford). Any other suggestions?