My Little Town Lyrics - Paul Simon

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"To hatch a crow, a black rainbow
Bent in emptiness
over emptiness
But flying
-Ted Hughes

In my little town
I grew up believing
God keeps His eye on us all
And He used to lean upon me
As I pledged allegiance to the wall
Lord I recall
My little town

Coming home after school
Flying my bike past the gates
Of the factories
My mom doing the laundry
Hanging our shirts
In the dirty breeze

And after it rains
There's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
Everything's the same
Back in my little town

In my little town
I never meant nothin'
I was Just my father's son
Saving my money
Dreaming of glory
Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town

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Yes, many of us can relate | Reviewer: John | 5/6/10

This has been one of my favorites since it came out (a looong time ago). The words pop into my head every time I think about where I grew up.
I don't think the gun reference is very ominous when I consider it to mean making a move instead of just dreaming. To continue to just dream (or stick around) is to be one of the dead and dying.

My Life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/09

This song does not completely parallel my personal life, but it is my era and what doesn't parallel my life, does parallel events around me.

I grew up believing and fearing God. Believing that he watched me and knew when I made mistakes or acted inappropriately. I remember in elementary school I said the pledge of allegiance and often stared at the wall instead of the flag. I didn't understand patriotism.

After school I would ride my bicycle places where my mother prohibited me from riding.

I remember my mother hanging out clothes to dry and the talk of increased pollution on the news all the time. There have been many days when rain has come and then the sun, but too much smog to see a rainbow.

As I arrived in my teens, I was determined to leave and go somewhere exciting to live out my life. Nothing ever happened here. I did save my money and dream of glory.

The gun is an ominous part however. Friends of mine committed suicide in high school. It was as if you had to have a dream and momentum or you might as well die.

The song takes me back mentally to a darker time in my life where it could have gone either way. Fortunately I still believe in God, I serve him every way I can by serving others. As I have gotten older I realize more and more that I might be the one who keeps that trigger from being pulled. We are all scared and alone without each other. Humanity, charity and kindness are the only things that will pull some through the hard times. We are our brother's keepers, we are watched, and one day we will be held accountable for our stewardship here.

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