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"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" is a song written by Paul Simon. It is the tenth track on Simon and Garfunkel's 1966 album by Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, where it is sung by Art Garfunkel.
Paul Simon has said that the song is not about an imaginary girl Emily, but about a belief, while the song "Overs" (from the album Bookends) is about the loss of that belief.
Although the song had not been a hit (it was the B-side of the 1966 single "A Hazy Shade of Winter"), a live version of it was included on the 1972 album Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits. This live version was released as the B-side of the 1972 single "America", and reached #53 in the Billboard Hot 100 (while the A-side only reached #97).
The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Glenn Yarbrough (as the title track of his 1967 album For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her), Johnny Rivers (on his 1967 album Rewind), The Arbors (on their 1968 album The Arbors Featuring I Can't Quit Her - The Letter), Ricky Nelson (on his 1969 album Perspective), Paul Desmond (on his 1969 album Bridge over Troubled Water), Cliff Richard (on his 1969 album Sincerely Cliff), David Essex (on his 1973 album Rock On) and John Frusciante (at Red Hot Chili Peppers shows).