Paul Simon took the title of his “Mother and Child Reunion” song from a chicken and egg dish he spotted in a Chinese restaurant menu.
Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion” is about his sorrow on the death of his dog and his thoughts on how he would feel if his wife Peggy died.
In a 1972 interview in Rolling Stone magazine he explained the inspiration for the name of the song:
“Know where the words came from on that? You would never have guessed. I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called “Mother and Child Reunion.” It’s chicken and eggs. And I said, 'Oh, I love that title. I gotta use that one.' ”