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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Rob J

It's been 40 years and the Graceland album still stands out in my mind.

Wish I Was Sleeping

Hope you guys all got to see the tribute concert last night on CBS called Homeward Bound. It was absolutely incredible!

cynthia tarver

If you haven't yet, watch the video of the performances in South Africa after apartheid ended, it was amazing, just search YouTube, Paul Simon in South Africa

eileen keith

I think I wore this tape thin on my Walkman, living by Cleveland and walking with music blasting. Awesome album.

Craig Campbell

Fantastic!!! Thank you Mr Simon for making my life danceable!

Hanna Eve Bloom

An all time classic album. There are no "b sides" on this set. Brilliant 🎢🎢🎢

Hanna Eve Bloom

@Paul Simon Thank you Paul. I've been a huge admirer of your work for more years than I like to remember. I think the soundtrack to The Graduate is one of my all time favourite scores. You're very kind to answer my comment. I hope you and your family are well and happy. I've just tested positive to Covid but I'm doing fine. Take care. Sending love from Australia.🐨🦘🦜

Donald Jerome Ostrander

He's who changed my life. I started playing congo drums to Graceland. Completely blown away with his musical styles! Still am!

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Joseph Albrecht

"You are the burden of my generation. I sure do love you; but let's get that straight." pure gold.

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