My Little Town
Paul Simon 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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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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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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Eric Scheuermann

I would like this stuff to be taught in English class as a poetry unit. The lyrics of these songs are absolutely incredible.

Randy Jansen

@Dean Williams And, the loss of those who do not how to post in proper English. It's the corporations who sold their souls to satisfy their greed.

Ricky Lock

Absolutely correct .....they are genius in everything they do , and boy what a brilliant songwriter paul simon is !!...I mean this song never ever gets played on radio here in the uk ( not that I have ever heard anyway ) it's like a forgotten gem !!!....just love easy listening feelgood songs... probably because I love American music so much!!!...anyway people god bless and please dont forget to b kind to each other good karma so important, and also try to do something nice for someone no matter how small it may seem at the time it really does soothe the soul..... xx😇🥰😎

Steven Toner

That's exactly what we did in 7th and 8th grade English.

Tom Ellis

In my junior year, one project we had in my English class was to pick a song and produce a slide show that flowed with the lyrics of the song. I chose Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire. Fun project.

Alyson Quinn

@Roger Geyer I grew up with my parents listening to the album Aja on Saturday mornings. I am so thankful they exposed me to that great music, along with Herb Albert and S&G. I also wish I could tell my mom thanks now.

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P Brickley

Few times has a song been so splendid yet probably not not been recognized as a classic. One of the best songs of the 20th century.

James Dwyer

I put in one of top 5 songs ever written

Nate

@Ken Perk I just listened to Tonight's the Night (Praise Zeus for Youtube). I grew up in that era and I swear that I never heard that intro. I'm a musician and arranger, so I pay attention to things like that. I guess radio stations cut out 'unnecessary" parts (everything but verses and hooks) and I never bought the album. In my opinion, the song needed an intro, but not that one. That particular intro should never have been in the song so it's no wonder that even great session men couldn't make it work. Musically, that intro has nothing to do with the song. In music school, we learn 'theme and variation' and 'unity'. Introducing a musical element that is unrelated to the main material is 'verboten'. But, hey - it's only rock and roll. lol. Anyway, thanks for telling me about Carr and this song. By the way, my fav Carr solo is on Make It Like A Memory. It's everything a blues solo should be, especially dynamics (loud and soft), which most players forget.
Uou said Carr started as a bass player. Usually it's the other way around - e.g. McCartney, Kaye. I'm a guitarist and sometimes play bass. Bass requires a different way of thinking. The guitar is the icing on the cake, but the bass is part of the cake. My fav rock bass part is on Like A Prayer. When the chorus starts, the bass is like the cavalry coming in.

Ken Perk

@Nate Pete saved the day for Rod Stewart on Tonight's the Night. Seems the musicians in LA were struggling with the intricate intro. Pete flew into town , nailed it and played all the guitar parts in the song. He actually started out as a bass player.

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