Punky's Dilemma
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics


Wish I was a Kellogg's Cornflake
Floatin' in my bowl takin' movies,
Relaxin' awhile, livin' in style,
Talkin' to a raisin who 'caisson'ly plays L.A.,
Casually glancing at his toupee.

Wish I was an English muffin
'Bout to make the most out of a toaster.

I'd ease myself down,
Comin' up brown.

I prefer boysenberry
More than any ordinary jam.
I'm a "Citizens for Boysenberry Jam" fan.

Ah, South California.

If I become a first lieutenant
Would you put my photo on your piano?
To Maryjane
Best wishes, Martin.
(Old Roger draft-dodger
Leavin' by the basement door),
Everybody knows what he's
Tippy-toeing down there for

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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Dat Nguyen

Wish I was a Kellogg's Cornflake
Floatin' in my bowl takin' movies,
Relaxin' awhile, livin' in style
Talkin' to a raisin who occasionally plays L.A.
Casually glancing at his toupee

Wish I was an English muffin
'Bout to make the most out of a toaster
I'd ease myself down
Comin' up brown
I prefer boysenberry
More than any ordinary jam
I'm a "Citizens for Boysenberry Jam" fan

Ah, South California

If I became a first lieutenant
Would you put my photo on your piano?
"To Maryjane-
Best wishes, Martin"

Old Roger draft dodger
Leavin' by the basement door
Everybody knows what he's
Tippy-toeing down there for



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Virgil Jonson

1969.  A sensitive young man (me at 16 going on 17) hears this song.  He becomes fascinated.  The song is truly delightful.  Beautiful even.  But ya gotta understand.  The world was changing, becoming enlightened and fun.  Muscle cars, miniskirts, and marijuana.  The life! But they had this war going on in Vietnam.  People were dying.  My hometown newspaper posted photos of dead hometown boys every week.  In the small city I lived in (a deeply southern city of slightly less than 200,000) we could see 12 to 15 faces EVERY WEEK.  Dead friends.  We used to talk about it at lunch in the cafeteria.  "Man..., they got Jessie Ray last week, and his cousin Lawrence two weeks ago.  Was it some kinda mix-up?  Were they really together when it happened?  You know it takes them awhile to identify the bodies sometimes".  Punky's Dilemma was ALL of our dilemma at that time.  You could have a good time at the municipal pool, or drive-in, but you might be called up to go and die.  And the line about, "if I become a first lieutenant, would you put by photo on your piano?"  Folks, in 1969  there were still plenty of photos of handsome young men in their uniforms who were killed in WWII ,still placed carefully and dusted weekly on many a piano in my town.  All of them had "To Whomever", and "Best wishes signed by Whoever" nicely scripted in the far right corner of the pic.   Lighthearted in style for sure, but in the vernacular of the time, a "heavy" piece of music.

Tuija V

I am going to say once more what the others commenting your post have done: Thank you for opening up the background of this song! Much appreciated!

Amy Crunch

The bastards who start those wars and profit by them are never held to account.

Yongo Bazuk

Not enlightened, decadent. A shame.

MARK GENTRY

Virgil, one of the most thought provoking yet light reviews I have ever read. Well done. As for Simon & Garfunkel - enough cannot be said of the beauty they brought to this world.

Adele Varenas

Virgil. You struck a chord. Waiting for the lottery nUmbers , waiting for the draft notice, waiting for that list of names.

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Some One

"Wish i was an english muffin" Is the best thing that any man has ever said in the history of the world.

Steve Memmott

Heard this song late at night (8pm) as a 13 year old, and it mesmerised me - still does 47 years later!

Steven Flynn

im hearing it for the first time right now, 16 years old and absolutely mesmerised

richard meredith

It does that, even to me, a Beatles fan

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