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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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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Evan J

@Laura Swaager Greetings from California in the US! That's so amazing to hear that after all this time, Graceland still has this magical affect on people!

Being 6 when Graceland came out makes me 41 now. Time goes fast!

I became a bass player because of "Graceland." At first I didn't even know what that sound was because it was so different. I thought it was some sort of horn. When I first saw Bakithi Kumalo playing those lines, I said to myself "I want to be that guy."

I too can play Diamond on the Souls of Her Shoes, but the fretless bass part ;)

I did get to see Paul Simon perform with Bakithi a few years ago in LA. Even more recently I got to see and meet some of the members of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mumbazo. What a performance that was.

Paul Simon always will be one of my favorite artists because how how many times he's re-invented himself and how many times he's brought certain musical styles to the forefront. The elegance of something like "American Tune" is staggering to me. He's done something interesting every decade of his career and I often think his newest stuff is just as interesting as the music he was doing with Art Garfunkel in the 60s. With Jimmy Cliff and also the Swampers in the 70s and with all the South African artists in the 80s. I really cannot think of any musician with as long of a career who continues to wow me with their current work.


It's good to know I'm not alone! What a pleasure talking with you this was.



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PAISLEY PRINCESS

This song, this music concert, the whole Graceland album brings back so many happy memories.  My mom saw this special on cable and she went wild.  She never heard African music in her life, and she went right out and bought this tape.  She listened to it so much she wore it out.  This album made her so happy.  RIP mom

PAISLEY PRINCESS

@mikron Somewhat. I think Paul Simon was the kind of artist who preferred to play it safe to some degree...Graceland was a huge risk because, although it wasn’t political, it had the backdrop of apartheid and the oppression of the artists. They couldn’t even tour in SA. Prince was never conservative with anything he did

mikron

Paul Simon reminds me of Prince in many ways - the way he ran his career and hi approach to music making. He took songwriting seriously and had great intuition as to what would work and just did it with the right musicians who would make it work. Prince was like that, too.

Barbapou Pokin

💜💙💜💙💜💙

Oluchi Juzie

May her soul rest in peace. 🙏

Dr. Kaye L

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Valerie Curtis

Graceland is definitely one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

tyler comeaux

Agreed

John Wright

Without a doubt Valerie....

Henry Ijeoma

@ToldoMexes yessssssssss! Paul Simon fans never show that album love

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