Listen to The National’s Bryce Dessner and Paul Simon’s new version of ‘Can’t Run But’

The two have re-worked the 1990 song

The National’s Bryce Dessner has collaborated with Paul Simon to record a new version of ‘Can’t Run But’.Their re-working of the song, which featured on Simon’s 1990 album ‘The Rhythm of the Saints’ will feature on Simon’s upcoming album ‘In the Blue Light’ to be released on September 7.

Dessner has created an  arrangement for the re-working and instrumental ensemble yMusic also feature on the re-worked track which you can listen to here:

The fourteenth studio album of Simon’s career, ‘In the Blue Light’ will feature re-imagined versions of ten songs from his back-catalogue.


Speaking about the project earlier this year, Simon said: “I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home.”

He added: “It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.”

“Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before.”

Simon has been performing a series of “farewell gigs” over the last year after he decided to “bring his performing career to an end.”

He added: “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”


“I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

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