'I don't like coming second'

Paul Simon has admitted that he's started to get rather peeved at always being compared to Bob Dylan.

In an interview in Rolling Stone magazine, the man who gave us so many timeless classic songs, decided to set the record straight, saying that although Dylan has influenced some earlier songs, that's about as far as it goes.

'I usually come in second to to Dylan, and I don't like coming in second,' he explained. 'In the beginning, when we were first signed to Columbia, I really admired Dylan's work. 'The Sound of Silence' wouldn't have been written if it weren't for Dylan. But I left that feeling around The Graduate and 'Mrs Robinson'. They weren't folky any more.'

In what could be interpreted at a swipe at the 60s legend, who earlier this year turned down an opportunity to duet with Simon, Simon added:

'One of my deficiencies is my voice sounds sincere. I've tried to sound ironic. I don't. I can't. Dylan, everything he sings has two meanings. He's telling you the truth and making fun of you at the same time. I sound sincere every time.'

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