Call Me Al

Chord pattern for looping: [ D2 – A2 – G2 – A2 ]

A man walks down the street, he says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle the, rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity, I want a shot at redemption
Don’t wanna be a cartoon, in a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger, dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly, get these mutts away from me, you know
I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore

If you’ll be my bodyguard, I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

A man walks down the street, he says why am I short of attention
Got a short little span of attention, and wo my nights are so long
Where’s my wife and family, what if I die here
Who’ll be my role-model, now that my role-model is
Gone Gone, he ducked back down the alley with some
Roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along, there were incidents and accidents, there were
Hints and allegations

[chorus]

A man walks down the street, it’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World, maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language, he holds no currency
He is a foreign man, he is surrounded by the
Sound, the sound, cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages… he looks
Around, around, he sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity, he says Amen! and Hallelujah!

[chorus]


Fun Facts:

  • This song is about a self-obsessed person in midlife crisis becoming aware of his surroundings, inspired by Paul Simon’s own clueless trip to South Africa
  • At a party with his wife, Paul was called ‘Al’ and wife Peggy was called ‘Betty’
  • On Graceland album, Simon’s biggest hit single as a solo act
  • Al Gore used the song in 1992 VP campaign
  • UF band plays the tune at every basketball game (unofficial theme for basketball team)

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

When the [D] mama pajama rolled out a bed
She ran to the police [G] station
When the [A] papa found out he began to shout
And he started the investi- [D] gation

It’s against the [A] law; it was against the [D] law
What the mama [A] saw; it was against the [D] law

The mama look down and spit on the ground
Every time my name gets mentioned
The papa said, “Oy, if I get that boy,
I’m gonna stick him the house of detention”

Well I’m on my [G] way
I don’t know [D] where I’m going
But I’m on my [G] way
I’m taking my [D] time but I [E7] don’t know [A7] where

Goodbye to [G] Rosie, the queen of [D] Corona

See you, [D] me and [C] Julio [G] down by the [A7] school [D] yard [G-D-A7]
See you, me and Julio down by the school yard