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You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon Lyrics


A man walks down the street
He says, "Why am I soft in the middle, now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard"
Bonedigger, Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away in my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know, I don't find this stuff amusing anymore

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al

A man walks down the street
He says, "Why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And, whoa, my nights are so long
Where's my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who'll be my role model
Now that my role model is gone, gone?"
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along, along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the third world
Maybe it's his first time around
Doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says, "Amen and Hallelujah!"

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al
Call me

Na na na na, na na na na
Na na na na, na na na-na na-na
Na na na na, na-na na-na na na
Na na na na, na na na na

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can call you Betty
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can call you Betty
If you'll be my bodyguard

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Paul Simon

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Thinnakrit Ngoenboonsong

A man walks down the street
He says, "Why am I soft in the middle, now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard"
Bonedigger, Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away in my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know, I don't find this stuff amusing anymore
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al
A man walks down the street
He says, "Why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And, whoa, my nights are so long
Where's my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who'll be my role model
Now that my role model is gone, gone?"
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along, along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al
Call me Al
A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the third world
Maybe it's his first time around
Doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says, "Amen and Hallelujah!"
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al
Call me
Na na na na, na na na na
Na na na na, na na na-na na-na
Na na na na, na-na na-na na na
Na na na na, na na na na
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can call you Betty
If you'll be my bodyguard
I can call you Betty
If you'll be my bodyguard



jevinday

"A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the third world
Maybe it's his first time around
Doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity, he says, 'amen and hallelujah!'"

HOW DO YOU EVEN WRITE THAT?! I mean seriously. Incredible.



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Wutaii1 Nostalgia

If this isn't a feel good song then I don't know what is.

Mike Yates

@Bournefort okay , You I like

Rudy jr. Mast

Try great big sea

sakatababa

@Christina Schmitz i would compare it to other byrne work, like miss america, but main difference is in self-awareness of characters. that is where i assume desperation as underlaying condition to overcome by acting out of main character, ie. putting up thr facade.

Christina Schmitz

@sakatababa Hahaha. I love your comment and I couldn't agree more! However the overall feel I get is not despair but a kind of self-deprecating humor. I think it has certain similarities to Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads.

Lenemus

It’s definitely a feel good music video 💯

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🎃PeppermintNeko0w0🎃

For anyone wondering, he wrote this song after he went to a party with his first wife Peggy and the host (who had no clue who they were) introduced them to his guests and "Al and Betty"

Joe Mauntel

Saw him many years ago live. He ended with this song....TWICE. He literally ended it, crowd going crazy, and IMMEDIATELY played it again....the whole song. It was SO COOL.

Joe Mauntel

@Mista pushy Can't wait to see my most beautiful wife again, and groove with her to the horns in heaven!!!

Joe Mauntel

@Mista pushy Thank you very much. That is kind and considerate. Life has definitely been tough without her. Music helps for sure. God bless you and yours.

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