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My Little Town
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics


In my little town, I grew up believing
God keeps his eye on us all.
And he used to lean upon me as I pledged allegiance to the wall.
Lord, I recall, in my little town,
Comin' home after school, flyin' my bike past the gates of the factories,
My mom doin' the laundry, hangin' out shirts in the dirty breeze.
And after it rains there's a rainbow and all of the colors are black.
It's not that the colors aren't there, it's just imagination they lack.
Everything's the same back in my little town,
My little town, my little town.

Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.
Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.

In my little town, I never meant nothin',
I was just my father's son. mmm.
Savin' my money, dreamin' of glory,
Twitchin' like a finger on the trigger of a gun.

Leavin' nothin' but the dead and dying back in my little town.
Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.
Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.
Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.
Nothin' but the dead and dyin' back in my little town.

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: PAUL SIMON

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Mary Pianka

Paul Simon – My Little Town Lyrics
In my little town
I grew up believing
God keeps his eye on us all
And he used to lean upon me
As I pledged allegiance to the wall
Lord I recall my little town
Coming home after school
Riding my bike past the gates of the factories
My mom doing the laundry
Hanging out shirts in the dirty breeze
And after it rains there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
Everything's the same back in my little town
In my little town I never meant nothing
I was just my father's son
Saving my money
Dreamin of glory
Twitching like a finger on a trigger of a gun
Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town

Songwriters: SIMON, PAUL
My Little Town lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



Howard Campbell-Downes

@boiling16
I agree...
I have also laboured under the impression that the song's lyrics describe the American philosophical concept of "One Nation Under God" and ironically describe a youthful naivety wherein when younger the writer narrates how this "God leant upon him" making him "pledge Allegiance to the WAR".
This theme is reprised in the imagery of "twitching like a finger on the trigger of a gun" in my opinion, until finally after the long years of planning and saving-up spare change, the writer is finally able to LEAVE....
"LEAVING NOTHING BUT THE DEAD AND DYING BACK IN MY LITTLE TOWN"
A bitter indictment on those 'living' who support 'the troops' and 'foreign military intervention' as in fact in reality already being 'long dead' if not 'moribund' and 'dying'....
A great piece of songwriting which perhaps the above is indicative of how it speaks to each of us differently.
To my mind, "pledging allegiance to the wall" does not make any sense.
Here in Britain, we used to have flags displayed with pictures of the Queen on the wall but nobody would ever describe saluting such as "pledging allegiance to the wall" but rather "Queen and Country" so even if I'm wrong, it will always mean a rejection of small, hometown values wherein allegiance and support for foreign wars goes unquestioned.
For me, the intelligent irony is an indictment of unthinking 'allegiance to immoral warfare' - something each one of us has encountered. In 2002 billions of people in the UK marched and protested against the Iraq War which all these years later is now seen as having been ILLEGAL and Tony Blair remains a hated, vilified figure in Britain even if he has a prominent international influence and presence, he lied to Parliament and involved this nation - and gave George W Bush the faulty intelligence - which led to the Iraq War we have still not begun to settle 20 years on....
A vital lesson, is it not ?
Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat those same mistakes.



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In my little town
I grew up believing
God keeps his eye on us all
And he used to lean upon me
As I pledged allegiance to the wall
Lord I recall
My little town

Coming home after school
Flying my bike past the gates
Of the factories
My mom doing the laundry
Hanging our shirts
In the dirty breeze

And after it rains
There's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
Everything's the same
Back in my little town

Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

In my little town
I never meant nothin'
I was just my fathers son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun

Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town
Nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town...

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