These songs serve as a reminder that the notion of the world getting really crazy and things spiraling out of control have been around long before you-know-who.
From Save The Life Of My Child:
"A patrol car passing by
Halted to a stop.
Said officer MacDougal in dismay:
"The force can't do a decent job
'Cause the kids got no respect
For the law today (and blah blah blah)."
Save The Life Of My Child, a commentary on urban living, and Punky’s Dilemma, a spoof of Southern California with a verse on draft dodging, come from Bookends, released in 1968 – S & G’s fourth album, and the one that propelled them to the elite status afforded The Beatles, The Stones and Bob Dylan. The Moog synthesizer on Save The Life Of My Child is being played by Mr. Moog himself.
7 O’Clock News/ Silent Night, from their prior record (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme) was released in 1966. It’s a sound collage of "Silent Night" and a simulated "7 O'Clock News" bulletin of the events of August 3rd of that year.
From the same album, Scarborough Fair/Canticle is another mash, this one of the folk standard with an anti-war song of Garfunkel's. The video is of the duo performing the tune with Andy Williams on the latter's television show.