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Mother and Child Reunion is a song written by Paul Simon, and is on his eponymous debut album. It was released as a single, and reached #4 on the American charts. Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Paul Simon is a 1972 album by Paul Simon, released about two years after he split up with longtime musical partner Art Garfunkel. ...

This song is considered to be one of the first attempts at reggae music by a white musician. The name has its origin in a chicken-and-egg dish which Paul Simon saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu, that was named just like this "Mother and Child Reunion." The song has been interpreted as a meditation on death, specifically the death of a mother and the hope of reunification in the afterlife. The references to a "strange and mournful day" may support this theory. China has one of the richest culinary heritages on Earth. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The afterlife, or life after death, is a generic term referring to a continuation of existence, typically spiritual, experiential, or ghost-like, beyond this world, or after physical death. ...

The song was recorded in Jamaica with Jimmy Cliff's backup musicians at the time.

Cissy Houston, mother of singer Whitney Houston, sang background vocals on this song. Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on September 30, 1933) is a gospel and soul singer. ...

Drums: Winston Grennan
Lead Guitar: Huks Brown
Organ: Neville Hinds
Bass: Jackie Jackson
EP: Larry Knechtel
Percussion: Denzil Laing
Rhythm Guitar: Wallace Wilson
Backup Singers: Cissy Houston, Von Eva Sims, Renelle Stafford, Deirdre Tuck



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