All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
Paul Simon Lyrics


Over the mountain Down in the valley
Lives a former talk-show host
Everybody knows his name

He says there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
I've seen them all and man
They're all the same

Well, the sun gets weary
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town

Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you
This is all around the world

Out in the Indian Ocean somewhere
There's a former army post
Abandoned now just like the war
And there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's what that old army post was for

Well, the sun gets bloody
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town

Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you

This is all around the world

Over the mountain Down in the valley
Lives the former talk-show host
Far and wide his name was known
He said there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's why we must learn to live alone

Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
All around the world
All around the world

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Written by: Paul Simon

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_Lyrics_
Over the mountain Down in the valley
Lives a former talk-show host
Everybody knows his name
He says there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
I've seen them all and man
They're all the same
Well, the sun gets weary
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town
Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you
This is all around the world
Out in the Indian Ocean somewhere
There's a former army post
Abandoned now just like the war
And there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's what that old army post was for
Well, the sun gets bloody
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town
Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you
This is all around the world
Over the mountain Down in the valley
Lives the former talk-show host
Far and wide his name was known
He said there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's why we must learn to live alone
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
All around the world
All around the world



MidWest Concert Video

@valar I'm still looking for the name of the African artist who had songs on albums issued in Africa that Simon later claimed to have written. In the meantime, here's a quote from a Musician magazine interview in 1987 where a different member of Los Lobos describe the recording session:

From Musician issue 102, April 1987, written by Mark Rowland:

Back in Los Lobos' folk days, [Cesar] Rosas had become a fan of the South American group Los Incas, whose "El Condor Pasa" became famous through Simon's rendition on the Bridge Over Troubled Water LP. One decade later, Simon invited Los Lobos to play on his new record, Graceland.

"He said he'd been a fan for a while and would we be interested in getting together," Rosas says. "We said sure; we thought he'd have a couple of songs or something. So we got into the studio, but there were no songs. After a while we started feeling like idiots; 'when is he going to show us the song?' By the last day there was this weird tension in the air. He asked us if there was anything wrong, and we said no, that's what we want to know."

It turned out that Simon wanted Los Lobos to "create" some music, perhaps in the manner of the African bands he'd contracted to play extended jams on old folk songs. "He thought we were this caged jungle beast," [Louie] Perez says, "that we just do what we do." Rosas and [David] Hidalgo decided to put a tune together from parts they'd written earlier. The band recorded it, Simon took it home, wrote lyrics, and stuck the now-completed track on his album -- with no songwriting credits for Los Lobos. Graceland has now sold over a million copies.



All comments from YouTube:

Jessiel Rodriguez

Los Lobos? What the?
2019 you stil got it. Wonderful...

Dave Van Vlerah

Well, that was misleading. Los Lobos is still a great band, though.

Dave Van Vlerah

Los Lobos covered this? My respect for them just tripled! Gotta check this out.

Ian Michalski

It's hard times. Unprecedented times. Just remember that even though it may feel like just you, "this is all around the world".

Matt Hillegas

We will overcome.

Maurino Júnior

This is one of the most important records ever released by this music genius !! I am privileged to have bought two copies in 1986, one for me and my nostalgic, beloved and unforgettable mother, who was a fan, just as I am a fan, of Paul Simon !!! This is what I call a masterpiece and an absolutely masterful job !!! Thank you, Mr. Simon, for giving us this pearl that will enter the centuries to come, as one of the classic works of music and rock !!! Thank you!! Greetings from Brazil!!

James Edgar

I wish this song was longer. Let's see, double the first 30 seconds, play the chorus 2-3 times after the third verse, and end up with a nice, big drum solo......

hyep.

James Edgar just hit repeat. Lol

Rose Bellitzia

He had songs they didn’t have room to fit in!

Yasmin McEwen

Oh man, this Album!
Paul Simon = Happy times and a Spirit of Life and Love!
I just LOVE Paul Simon 💗💗💗🎵🎹💫 I used to ride my bike umpteen miles and had just this Graceland tape. I could listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. Love to You Paul! You're Truly Magnificent🌌💫🎵

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