When Paul Simon was introduced to Al Tancredi as Chevy's chef Paul Simon said "your chef he looks like your body guard". Buddy, can you spare a dime? You’ll find out much more about what you’re thinking that way than you will if you’re determined to say something. I don’t have to question it. Boulez introduced them to his guests as “Al and Betty.” It was the first single from Graceland, and became a hit, launched by the famous music video with Chevy Chase. You Can Call Me Al contrasts the egocentrism of a depressed man, sunk-in-himself and exhausted, with the possible transcendence of turning outward, letting go of his self-centered preoccupations, engaging with the world. It was completed at the Hit Factory in New York with Roy Halee in April of 1986. ("Who will be my role model, now that my role model is gone?") Especially if it’s a rhythm tune. Maybe it's the Third World. "Amen and Hallelujah" probably refers back to Ladysmith Black Mambazo who are, still, primarily a Gospel group in the local Zulu/Xhosa tradition of Solomon Linda and his Evening Birds. Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Many have speculated that "Betty" and "Al" were actually misnomers given to him and his wife (of the time) Carrie Fisher from a diplomatic party they both attended. To ask someone to answer a question, as in a classroom or other academic setting. I can call you Betty, And Betty, when you call me, You can call me Al! Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? ." Ik heb een herinnering in beeld nodig. Only members can comment. Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell, Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum, Half a million boots went slogging through Hell, And I was the kid with the drum! _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-inverted-source'); I think in Hearts and Bones, you could feel it was coming. Also, no one seems to take him seriously "cartoon in a cartoon graveyard", and that his problems (again referenced by the "dogs in the moonlight") will be his ultimate undoing if he doesn't change his ways. I can call you Betty And Betty, when you call me You can call me Al Call me Al 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 And he realizes he should have done so long ago ("All along along / There were incidents and accidents / There were hints and allegations"). Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time. It's certainly no common English language phrase that I've ever heard before. The only thing that makes this song listenable is the MUSIC ITSELF with it's solid beat, overall cord progression, bass riff, flute and bongos. }; Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. Does anyone else think this song from a Broadway musical influenced Paul Simon when he wrote, "You can call me Al"? Because as soon as your mind knows that it’s on, and it’s supposed to produce some lines, either it doesn’t or it produces things that are very predictable.And that’s why I say I’m not interested in writing something that I thought about; I’m interested in discovering where my mind wants to go or what object it wants to pick up. Even if it’s something that I don’t want to be thinking. Maybe it's his first time around. } catch(e) {}, by 2. The third (and last) stanza finds him in a "strange world". Paul Zollo You don’t have to kill them; you don’t have to grab them by the throat with the first lineIn fact, you have to wait for the audience. Or was his comical turn in the video mere coincidence? (Search youtube "John Todd on the music industry") to learn more about this. 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Because it’s entertaining at that point. That is why so many songs have lyrics that are not written in every day normal English but a strange coded type of wording most don't understand. The famously funny yet enigmatic chorus, Simon said, came from a funny memory of going to a party at the New York apartment of Pierre Boulez, the conductor-composer. _g1.setAttribute('srcset', _g1.getAttribute('data-srcset')); (Unfortunately, the publishers decided to drop the liner notes and the interview excerpts from the production package just before pressing, as the shipping-case would have to be expanded to hold all the paper note pages.) His savior, "Betty" (a black man), is that person. I did not hear the word "and," but maybe that's what made me imagine the "in'". PAUL SIMON: The act of throwing a ball and catching a ball is so natural and calming. I always have this image in my mind of a road that goes like this: [motions with hands to signify a road that starts narrow and gets wider as it opens out], so that the implication is that the directions are pointing outward. The result is that in the second verse he is in transition, unnervingly ungrounded. 1. Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell, Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum, Half a million boots went slogging through Hell, And I was the kid with the drum! “A Train in the Distance” is in itself that kind of speech: “Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance; everybody thinks it’s true.” That is imagery, and that’s the title.So by the time I got to Graceland,  I was trying to let that kind of enriched language flow naturally in the course of it, so that you wouldn’t really notice it as much. Simon verzorgde zelf de muzikale productie, met Roy Halee als opnametechnicus. The music video for the song "You Can Call Me Al" by an American musician Paul Simon from the 1986 album "Graceland". _g1.setAttribute('src', _g1.getAttribute('data-src') ); I didn't have an answer ready, but the teacher called on me anyway. Maybe it's his first time around. April 18, 2020, 12:11 pm. _g1.classList.remove('lazyload'); As he was leaving he said goodnight to his hosts, calling Paul and his wife Al and Betty. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ If you’ll be my bodyguard I can be your long lost palI can call you BettyAnd Betty, when you call me, You can call me AlCall me Al From Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland, “You Can Call Me Al” is quintessential Simon. 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 The album's hit track, "You Can Call Me Al" is a story of resilience and redemption. Brother, can you spare a dime? Then it has a chorus that you can’t understand what is he talking about –  “You can call me Betty, and Betty, you can call Me Al.”  You don’t know what I’m talking about, but I don’t think it’s bothersome. I was trying to learn how to be able to write vernacular speech and then intersperse it with enriched language, and then go back to vernacular. Lyrics Depot is your source of lyrics to You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon. call in(to) 1. (It's art after all. … I looked up this dialog to get some insight into the song. var opts = { In the third verse he finds grounding again, in a new environment that he finds completely authentic. You don’t know what I’m talking about, but neither do I, at that point. But on Hearts and Bones,  there’s more of that. Please check back for more Paul Simon lyrics. De rest van mijn leven is zo hard? Paul Simon. Many other "incidents and accidents, hints and allegations" follow, worsening his already-dire situation. Written by Simon, its lyrics follow an individual seemingly experiencing a midlife crisis. Will you go call in the kids? ----- You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon ----- Written by: Paul Simon From: "Graceland" (1986) Tabbed by: maguri Tuning: Standard I use a capo on the 3rd fret for playability. Beerbelly, BeerbellyGet these mutts away from meYou know, I don’t find this stuff amusing anymoreIf you’ll be my bodyguardI can be your long lost palI can call you BettyAnd Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al2. Gotta go listen in headphones. A man walks down the streetHe says, “Why am I short of attention?Got a short little span of attentionAnd, whoa, my nights are so longWhere’s my wife and family?What if I die here?Who’ll be my role modelNow that my role model is gone, gone?”He ducked back down the alleyWith some roly-poly little bat-faced girlAll along, alongThere were incidents and accidentsThere were hints and allegations3. _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-inverted-img'); Buddy, can you spare a dime? They’re going to sit down, get settled in their seat. This song has caused confusion in millions of people for decades. You’re not going to come in there and work real hard right away. A man walks down the street He says, ‽Why am I soft in the middle now Why am I soft in the middle? ." Asked what effect that had on this song, he gave the following answer, which leads into his explanation of discovering what became “You Can Call Me Al.”. 1 for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second No. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "in." Lyrics to 'You Can Call Me Al' by Paul Simon: A man walks down the street He says, Why am I soft in the middle now? With Paul Simon, Chevy Chase. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. I can call you Betty And Betty, when you call me You can call me Al Call me Al. The meaning of the refrain "mama don’t take my Kodachrome" can be interpreted quite literally then. adunit_id: 100001411, And look at the buildings – there’s angels in the architecture. _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-mobile-inverted-source'); It's nearly supper time. What you’re determined to say is filled with all your rationalizations and your defenses, and all of that what you want to say to the world. I'd just like to point out that in the second verse, the lines "He ducked back down the alley / With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl" are talking about the narrator's former ROLE MODEL, not the narrator himself. As he said during our first of many conversations back in 1988, “I’m more interested in what I discover than what I invent.”, Asked what the distinction was between discovery and invention, he said, “You just have no idea that that’s a thought that you had;  it surprises you; it can make me laugh or make me emotional. Toggle navigation. "You Can Call Me Al" is een nummer van de Amerikaanse zanger Paul Simon. The first stanza introduces us to the man, bemoaning his fate and foolishly wishing for his "photo opportunity" and "shot at redemption". And they did, once the album became a big hit. There was an aquaintance at the party that kept calling Paul - Al and Carrie - Betty. "Al" could well have reference to "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" as that was a "folk" standard at the hootenannies when Paul was in high school and had been recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and others. artist: "Paul Simon", Ironically, this request does exactly what they don't want it to do. How does "dogs in the moonlight" mean someone's problems and how the heck is anyone supposed to even remotely know what that is supposed to mean? / Why am I soft in the middle? Het werd in oktober 1986 door Warner Bros. Records als eerste single van zijn album Graceland uitgegeven. The narrator of the song, who was a poor to middling high school student, has now found himself addicted to his Playboy magazines, and in the last stanza he imagines “all the girls I knew”, or all the Playboy centerfolds, in one big sexual (and highly unlikely) fantasy orgy. It didn’t have anything to do with logic or anything; I don’t know where it came from. ...so Betty when you call me..."" And by the time you get to the third verse, and people have been into the song long enough, now you can start to throw abstract images. When the rest of my life is so hard! My son says that he raises his hand in class every day, and the teacher never calls on him. The song ends with “…Angels in the Architecture, spinning in infinity / He says Amen and Hallelujah” From the end of Paradiso: “But already my desire and my will were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed, by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars” The Divine Comedy as a whole can be seen to be an allegory on redemption, as Dante struggles with the knowledge of his sins and failings until he finds salvation at the end. I really want to tell someone who commented before thqt it wasnt Carrie whp was called Betty by somepne: it was Peggy. The rest of my life is so hard I ne This is true. var _g1; About You Can Call Me Al "You Can Call Me Al" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Op de B-kant stond het liedje "Gumboots". To ask one to come to a particular place. Why am I soft in the middle? Elton John said he never sang a song that wasn't written in witch language. You Can Call Me Al Songtext von Paul Simon mit Lyrics, deutscher Übersetzung, Musik-Videos und Liedtexten kostenlos auf Songtexte.com As opposed to what you’re thinking. It's completely different than anything he's ever experienced, and he's disconcerted by what he sees: people speaking a language that he can't understand, the sound (and, no doubt, smell) of livestock ("cattle") in the marketplace, and the "scatterlings" of orphan children. You have to be a good host to people’s attention span. There’s a delightful bass break by Bakithi Kumalo, which was not part of the original arrangement, but suggested by Paul when learning that it was the bassist’s birthday. as a reference to the bad jokes that always seemed to start with "a man walks into a bar . The first line of a song is very hard. Already a member? . "Dogs in the moonlight...Get these mutts away from me". On the meaning behind the lyrics in "Call On Me" "The song was basically a song that I wrote in my bedroom, and it was about me wanting to quit music, and walk away from my dream. Ik wil een beeld van de verlossing. And that’s the end of the song. I always understood this song as SEMIautobiographical. That said: I was stunned just now, listening to "brother can you spare a dime". So I started to try and work with more feelings around with words because the sound of the record was so good, you could move feelings.“You Can Call Me Al” starts very ordinary, almost like a joke; like the structure of a joke cliche; “There’s a rabbi, a minister and a priest….” “Two Jews walk into a bar…” “A man walks down the street…”  That’s what I was doing there.Because how you begin a song is one of the hardest things. In Response to Eure22: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931) They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob, When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job. Is it possible that the chorus is a comical, nonsensical reference to Chevy Chase's Caddyshack dealings with Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and Danny Noonen, to whom Chevy says, "I like you Betty." A picture throughout of Hoffer's "true believer.". And the other thing that I try to remember, especially if a song is long, is: You have plenty of time. To me it's simple, the song is about longing,regret and the promise of redemption. "Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. There is no way that can be coincidence. I simply chalk most of the strange lyrics up to that as it's got to be one of the strangest songs I've ever heard and most annoying as far as the lyrics go. maybe, I don't know. Watch Carrie Fisher's one woman show (it is currently on HBO, if you have "on demand"). var _g1; In steps Beatrice as his "Bodyguard" and she guides him through Heaven. To let the words tumble this way and that way, and sometimes I’d increase the rhythm of the words so that they would come by you and then when a phrase was sort of different and came by you so quickly that all you could get was the feeling. You Can Call Me Al Lyrics. . 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