Armistice Day can be found on Paul Simon’s eponymous release from 1972. It’s not his first solo album. The Paul Simon Songbook was released in London in August 1965, before fame. However, this was his first solo project after splitting with Art Garfunkel. It hit the streets in January 1972 nearly a year after all the material was recorded from January to March of 1971.
It was recorded in New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Kingston, Jamaica.
The album is notable for “Mother and Child Reunion”, as well as “Me and Julio Down By The School Yard.” All the tracks on the album are quite good, especially “Duncan” and “Peace Like A River” are some of the great hidden gems. Also this little nugget whose title pays homage to the holiday commemorating the end of World War One.
“Well, “Armistice Day” is an old song, written in 1968 – the first part of it was. That song mainly meant, let’s have a truce. I chose the title because it’s not even called Armistice Day anymore, it’s called Veteran’s Day. Armistice Day is like an old name, and I didn’t really mean it to be specifically about the war. I just meant that I’m worn out from all this fighting, from all the abuse that people are giving each other and creating for each other.”-Paul Simon according to unmask.us/