One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
Paul Simon Lyrics


There's been some hard feelings here
About some words that were said
Been some hard feelings here
And what is more
There's been a bloody purple nose
And some bloody purple clothes
That were messing up the lobby floor
It's just apartment house rules
So all you 'partment house fools
Remember: one man's ceiling
Is another man's floor
One man's ceiling
Is another man's floor

There's been some strange goin's-on
And some folks have come and gone
Like the elevator man don't work no more
I heard a racket in the hall
And I thought I heard a call
But I never opened up my door
It's just apartment house sense
It's like apartment house rents
Remember: one man's ceiling
Is another man's floor
I tell you, one man's ceiling
Is another man's floor

There's an alley in the back of my building
Where some people congregate in shame
I was walking with my dogs
And the night was black with smog
When I thought I heard somebody call my name

Remember: one man's ceiling is another man's floor, goddamn
One man's ceiling is another man's floor

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Written by: Paul Simon

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Aye Leeyun

There's been some hard feelings here
About some words that were said
Been some hard feelings here and what is more
There's been a bloody purple nose
And some bloody purple clothes
That were messing up the lobby floor

It's just apartment house rules
So all you 'partment house fools

Remember one man's ceiling
Is another man's floor
One man's ceiling is another man's floor

There's been some strange goin's on
And some folks have come and gone
Like the elevator man don't work no more
I heard a racket in the hall
And I thought I heard a call
But I never opened up my door

It's just apartment house sense
It's like apartment house rents

Remember one man's ceiling is another man's floor
I'll tell you one man's ceiling is another man's floor

There's an alley in the back of my building
Where some people congregate in shame
I was walking with my dogs
And the night was black with smog
When I thought I heard somebody call my name

Oh...
Remember one man's ceiling is another man's floor
Goddamn
One man's ceiling is another man's floor



All comments from YouTube:

UlloMark

What a fantastic song, from a great album;
May those who vote thumbs-down on this classic, have a noisy upstairs-neighbor in their near future...!

UlloMark

Fantastic song, fantastic album

Harry S. Anchan

AMEN!

Famas115

Gotta love Barry Beckett's Piano from the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

Famas115

@Howard Steier nah it's muscle

Howard Steier

Isn't it mussel shoals?

picnicsandstars

The title of this song sounds so poetic, about the highs and lows of different people's lives...and then you listen to the song and it's about how people share floors and ceilings.

Sister The Sister

Ha, I knew it! I knew I couldn't be the only one who at first, when reading the title from the album cover, thought this was one of Simon's more philosophical songs.
Still - art is transformative and poetry can have more than one meaning. Maybe that is why he liked that sentence, because it sounds so philosophical. Doesn't matter anyway; song's still good :-)

patrick ryan

Love the piano work on this number. 2/2018

Patrick S. Duffy

I was looking for his song that had this great piano riff but couldn't remember which song it was. Took me about 5 minutes to scroll back through the albums. I thought it was a few years later. Regardless... what a great little bit of interest tucked in here!

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