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That Was Your Mother
Paul Simon Lyrics


A long time ago, yeah
Before you was born dude
When I was still single
And life was great

I held this job as a traveling salesman
That kept me moving from state to state
Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
State of Louisiana

Wondering where a city boy could go
To get a little conversation
Drink a little red wine
Catch a little bit of those Cajun girls
Dancing to Zydeco

Along come a young girl
She's pretty as a prayerbook
Sweet as an apple on Christmas day
I said good gracious can this be my luck

If that's my prayerbook
Lord let us pray

Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
State of Louisiana
Wondering what a city boy could do
To get her in a conversation

Drink a little red wine
Dance to the music of Clifton Chenier
The King of the Bayou

Well, that was your mother
And that was your father
Before you was born dude
When life was great

You are the burden of my generation
I sure do love you
But let's get that straight

Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
Across the street from The Public
Heading down to the Lone Star Cafe
Maybe get a little conversation

Drink a little red wine
Standing in the shadow of Clifton Chenier
Dancing the night away

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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-Lyrics-
A long time ago, yeah
Before you was born dude
When I was still single
And life was great
I held this job as a traveling salesman
That kept me moving from state to state
Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
State of Louisiana
Wondering where a city boy could go
To get a little conversation
Drink a little red wine
Catch a little bit of those Cajun girls
Dancing to Zydeco
Along come a young girl
She's pretty as a prayerbook
Sweet as an apple on Christmas day
I said good gracious can this be my luck
If that's my prayerbook
Lord let us pray
Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
State of Louisiana
Wondering what a city boy could do
To get her in a conversation
Drink a little red wine
Dance to the music of Clifton Chenier
The King of the Bayou
Well, that was your mother
And that was your father
Before you was born dude
When life was great
You are the burden of my generation
I sure do love you
But let's get that straight
Well, I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette
Across the street from The Public
Heading down to the Lone Star Cafe
Maybe get a little conversation
Drink a little red wine
Standing in the shadow of Clifton Chenier
Dancing the night away

Rob Taylor

Abosolutely love this album every track a gem

Path

The music on this album is an absolute mess and this song exemplifies it. Like a gaggle of preteens walked into a room full of instruments with no plan and tried to play together. So completely overrated.

Ranald Ducat

Before you were born dude, when life was great.....

Ryan Murdock

If that's my prayer book, lord let us pray!

Candy Banks

Used to wear my dads giant headphones, when I little, and dance around the living room like a crazy fool. If this song had existed then I would've imploded! Or Kodachrome or Gone At Last as well.

wargrunt42

Life sure was great back when I was promiscuous and care free! It's kind of a bummer you were born as the direct result of my recklessness. I will always resent you for it... Glad we had this talk, son!

Music Lover

From LP Graceland, of course.

Annabelle Ruch

Lafayette bound!

contrafax

? It seems the album version was a bit slower.... Maybe I am just losing my mind. Sigh.

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