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Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al Lyrics

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TitleYou Can Call Me Al
ArtistPaul Simon
AlbumGraceland [1986], Track 6
Concert In The Park [1991], Track 3 Disc 2
Paul Simon - Greatest Hits: Shining Like A National Guitar [2000], Track 2
On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin' [2002], Track 14
The Essential Paul Simon [2007], Track 4 Disc 2
The Ultimate Collection [2015], Track 1
GenreEthnic/Folk, Pop, Rock
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Song lyrics
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 want to end up 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 whoa, 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 .....

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!
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, 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!

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!
You can call me Al ......

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submitted by M.van Hout
corrected on April 4th, 2007
written by Simon, Paul
copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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0 likes - like | 09-05-2011 15:34 MyGhettoGospel 
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0 likes - like | 22-05-2010 15:54 kiss123 
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one of the best songs ever'
0 likes - like | 30-05-2009 14:44 PianoPLayer698 
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this is the best song in like the whole planet
0 likes - like | 10-10-2006 14:01 Innelv 
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This song almost makes me cry, IT'S SO DAMN GOOD!!!!
0 likes - like | 09-03-2006 23:51 bazzofthetitans 
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Great Song - very catchy
0 likes - like | 06-03-2006 18:41 lovessami 
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this is my favourite song of ALL times EVER. i get such an incredibly happy and light feeling whenever i hear it. 333 It's somehow so nostalgic, as my parents used to listen to it when i was younger and we used to spend time in southern Africa. I love this song with all my heart and it's so great to see that others do too! i've always felt very alone in my adoration
0 likes - like | 29-12-2005 01:26 MaryLaneHarper 
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0 likes - like | 31-07-2005 22:12 xoparisxo617 
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Words can't describe how much I hate this song.
0 likes - like | 22-06-2005 00:45 shattenjager 
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A bit of fun for the greatest of the over-intellectual cynics of the music world that sort of calls to mind his earlier "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" with Art Garfunkel.
0 likes - like | 21-04-2005 03:47 shleebee 
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yay i thought i was the only person who liked this song it rox ... in a poppy sorta way anywho
0 likes - like | 30-01-2005 19:38 siiil 
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0 likes - like | 30-01-2005 10:21 music_2000 
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what a great great song!!!
0 likes - like | 29-12-2004 02:15 The_Joe_Man 
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I think Paul Simon was a great folk artist with Garfunkel but had a great solo career. He was strongly influenced by African music and his solo work reflects that. Especially this song!
0 likes - like | 17-12-2004 13:04 SweetSare 
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Paul Simon reminds me of my childhood (Cos of my daddy playing some of his songs.. not to mention others hehe) i love this song!

* if you be my body guard i can be your long lost pal
0 likes - like | 17-12-2004 10:52 CleverRecords 
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I've developed an unfortunate addiction to this song, despite its apparent insanity.
0 likes - like | 04-11-2004 05:53 Bus_Trash_2004 
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We Play this in marching Band
0 likes - like | 19-09-2004 22:54 barracuda_31 
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good song