"One of my deficiencies is my voice sounds sincere," Simon said. "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. Rock and roll has a lot to do with image. If that's not your strength, people find fault with the work."
Simon and Dylan toured together in 1999 and even played together during the shows, but he doesn't encourage comparisons. "I usually come in second," he says. "I don't like coming in second. In the very, very 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."