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The Boy in the Bubble
Paul Simon Lyrics


It was a slow day
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road
There was a bright light
A shattering of shop windows
The bomb in the baby carriage
Was wired to the radio

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all

The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry, baby, don't cry
Don't cry

It was a dry wind
And it swept across the desert
And it curled into the circle of birth
And the dead sand
Falling on the children
The mothers and the fathers
And the automatic earth

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all, oh yeah

The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry

It's a turn-around jump shot
It's everybody jump start
It's every generation throws a hero up the pop charts
Medicine is magical and magical is art
Think of the boy in the bubble
And the baby with the baboon heart

And I believe
These are the days of lasers in the jungle
Lasers in the jungle somewhere
Staccato signals of constant information
A loose affiliation of millionaires
And billionaires and baby

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all, oh yeah

The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry, don't cry

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Forere Motlhoheloa, Paul Simon

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E C

My mother loved this album and we listened to it so much when I was a little girl.  She is gone now and when I hear Paul say "don't cry baby, don't cry, don't cry" I imagine it's her speaking to me.    Life is bewildering.

01 sevensix

Wow... Same. Every car journey in the late 80s. Wonder how ill feel hearing this when my parents are gone.

Lee Buco

I feel that

Dave Bayliss

E C 😢xx

Christopher Helms

"This is a long distance call."

Spirit Of Wires Official

Your story really touched my heart EC ❤️

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retsdon

Just after Call Me Al came out as a single I ended up going home with a girl from a club one night in Aberdeen. She lived in a tenement flat somewhere in Rosemount if memory serves me right. Anyway, in the morning she had to get up for work, so she told me to get up when I wanted and make myself a coffee of whatever - just making sure the door was locked when I left. Anyway, eventually I got up, made a coffee and some toast and with nothing to do ( I was working offshore), started looking through the albums in the living room for something to put on. I found Graceland. I knew Call Me Al from the radio, but I'd never heard the rest of it and when I did, it just blew me away. I stayed there the whole morning putting it on again and again. Most songs it's hard to recall exactly where and when you first heard them, but this is one album that stands out like a beacon - and this song in particular. It's like a photo-shot of a point in time somewhere in my 20s. Before and after - not a related memory at all. There's just a room in a strange apartment and me listening to Graceland over and over.

Spherical Empirical

You should have married her. She had class in abundance if she owned that album.

TheLegend27

"If memory serves me right" is a very nice phrase, I have never heard before. Thank you for that :)

David Edwards

A blessed comment

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