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The Obvious Child
by Paul Simon

Well I'm accustomed to the smooth ride
Or maybe I'm a dog who's lost its bite
I don't expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don't expect to sleep through the night
Some people say a lie's a lie's a lie
But I say, "why
Why deny the obvious child?
Why deny the obvious child?"

And in remembering a road sign
I'm remembering a girl when I was young
And we said, "these songs are true
These days are ours
These tears are free"
And hey
The cross is in the ballpark
The cross is in the ballpark

We had a lot of fun
Had a lot of money
We had a little son and we thought we'd call him Sonny
Sonny gets married and moves away
Sonny has a baby and bills to pay
Sonny gets sunnier
Day by day by day by day

Well, I've been waking up at sunrise
I've been following the light across my room
I watch the night receive the room of my day
Some people say the sky is just the sky
But I say
"Why deny the obvious child?
Why deny the obvious child?"

Sonny sits by his window and thinks to himself
How it's strange that some rooms are like cages
Sonny's yearbook from high school
Is down on the shelf
And he idly thumbs through the pages
Some have died
Some have fled from themselves
Or struggled from here to get there
Sonny wanders beyond his interior walls
Runs his hands through his thinning brown hair

Well, I'm accustomed to a smoother ride
Or maybe I'm a dog who's lost its bite
I don't expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don't expect to sleep the night
Some people say a lie is just a lie
But I say
"The cross is in the ballpark
Why deny the obvious child?"

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Paul Simon

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HIEDA

Iam Brazilian and when this song was released in Brazil I was a child, my father who was from Bahia loved it. It was the first time an international artist combined his own sound with Olodum. My father is long gone now, from him I got the dark skin and the love for Brazil and it's culture but above all sweet memories dancing to this song in or living room. Thank you Mr. Simon.

Martyn E

Hieda such beautiful words from a beautiful lady :)

Andrew Sandoval

i heard he shot the video in square where they use to sell slaves? not sure if true if so very powerful

Wayne Olsen

What a beautiful post!

Misty W

Ed Roland is good too

shona beggs

glad you have such great memories of your dad Hieda

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Mike Harty

Good luck finding a better songwriter.

Ken Vail

There's lots of great ones

Whammy Bard

I can find find a few... Dylan, Lennon, McCartney, maybe Brian Wilson... but, yeah, Paul Simon is on the short short list.

Shawn Oates

Bruce Cockburn

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