April, come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
May, she will stay
Resting in my arms again
June, she’ll change her tune
In restless walks, she’ll prowl the night
July, she will fly
And give no warning to her flight
August, die she must
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold
September, I’ll remember
A love once new has now grown old
“April Come She Will” is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their second studio album, Sounds of Silence (1966). It originally appeared on the solo album The Paul Simon Songbook. It is the B-side to the hit single “Scarborough Fair/Canticle“.
The song was written in 1964 while Paul Simon was in England. Its lyrics use the changing nature of the seasons as a metaphor for a girl’s changing moods. The inspiration for the song was a girl that Simon met and the nursery rhyme she used to recite. It is the shortest song on the album. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of G Major with Paul Simon’s vocal range spanning from D3 to D4. On the duo’s recording, Art Garfunkel sings the lead vocals.
In the February 1968 release of the soundtrack for the movie The Graduate, the song appeared (in a different version) as the seventh track. It is featured in a pool scene in the movie, and was used as a rhythmic guide for the editing of the film.
Reviews for the song were generally positive. Matthew Greenwald of Allmusic wrote: “The sense of yearning in this song would later be beautifully echoed in one of the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme masterpieces, “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her.” Like that song, it is very brief, yet the shortness of the song adds to the effectiveness and economy of both the lyric and melody.” George Starostin called the song a “gorgeous ballad” and said it was “pretty much the same song as ‘Leaves That Are Green’ except it’s completely different.”