“Simon wrote this as a thinly veiled message to Art Garfunkel, referring to a specific incident where Garfunkel went to Mexico to act in the film Catch-22. Simon was left alone in New York writing songs for Bridge over Troubled Water, hence the lonely feelings of “The Only Living Boy in New York.” Simon refers to Garfunkel in the song as “Tom”, referring to their early days when they were called Tom and Jerry, and encourages him to “let your honesty shine … like it shines on me”
ahh!! i had no idea that was the story behind one of my all time favorites. mind. is. blown.