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Paul Simon

Maybe I Think Too Much (A)

They say that the left side of the brain
Controls the right
They say that the right side
Has to work hard all night
Maybe I think too much for my own good
Some people say so
Other people say no no
The fact is
You don't think as much as you could
Hmmm
I had a childhood that was mercifully brief
I grew up in a state of disbelief
I started to think too much
When I was twelve going on thirteen
Me and the girls from St. Augustine
Up in the mezzanine
Thinking about God
 
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
 
Have you ever experienced a period of grace
When your brain just takes a seat behind your face
And the world begins The Elephant Dance
Everything's funny
Everyone's sunny
You take out your money
And walk down the road
That leads me to the girl I love
The girl I'm always thinking of
But maybe I think too much
And I ought to just hold her
Stop trying to mold her
Maybe blindfold her
And take her away
 
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much....
 

Questions For The Angels

A pilgrim on a pilgrimage
Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge
His sneakers torn
In the hour when the homeless move their cardboard blankets
And the new day is born
Folded in his backpack pocket
The questions that he copied from his heart
Who am I in this lonely world?
And where will I make my bed tonight?
When twilight turns to dark
 
Questions for the angels
Who believes in angels?
Fools do
Fools and pilgrims all over the world
 
If you shop for love in a bargain store
And you don’t get what you bargained for
Can you get your money back?
If an empty train in a railroad station
Calls you to its destination
Can you choose another track?
Will I wake up from these violent dreams
With my hair as white as the morning moon?
 
Questions for the angels
Who believes in angels?
I do
Fools and pilgrims all over the world
 
Downtown Brooklyn
The pilgrim is passing a billboard
That catches his eye
It’s Jay-Z
He’s got a kid on each knee
He’s wearing clothes that he wants us to try
 
If every human on the planet and all the buildings on it
Should disappear
Would a zebra grazing in the African Savannah
Care enough to shed one zebra tear?
Questions for the angels
 

Maybe I think too much (b)

The smartest people in the world
Had gathered in Los Angeles
To analyze our love affair
And finally unscramble us
And they sat among our photographs
Examined every one
And in the end we compromised
And met the morning sun
 
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
 
They say the left side of the brain
Dominates the right
And the right side has to labor
Through the long and speechless night
 
And in the night
My father came to me
And held me to his chest
He said there's not much more that you can do
Go home and get some rest
 
And I said yeah
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
Maybe I think too much
 

The Obvious Child

I'm accustomed to a 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 am 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
We 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
 
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 from 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 hand through his thinning brown hair
 
Well I'm accustomed to a smoother ride
Maybe I'm a dog that's lost his 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?
 

Was a Sunny Day

Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by
'Twas a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio's singing songs
All his favorite melodies
 
He was a Navy man
Stationed in Newport News
She was a high school queen
With nothing really left to lose
She was a high school queen
With nothing really left to lose
 
Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by
'Twas a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio's singing songs
All his favorite melodies
 
Her name was Lorelei
She was his only girl
She called him 'Speedoo'
But his Christian name was Mr. Earl
She called him 'Speedoo'
But his Christian name was Mr. Earl
 
Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by
'Twas a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio's singing songs
All his favorite melodies
 
Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by