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Paul Simon The Obvious Child Lyrics

Last updated: 09/22/2010 11:00:00 AM

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?

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Paul Simon went to Brazil to work on this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/22/10

In his music special, Simon talks about how he went to Brazil because it was a way to get African drums with the influence of the African diaspora that had come into the American continent through the slave trade, and because he felt that Brazilian percussionists were some of the best in the world.

Rrythm | Reviewer: E.Ensinck | 12/11/07

The rhythem you hear is performed by Olodum, one of the best samba-reggae groups in Brasil. The rhythem is pure Brasilian. But as many rhythems of Brasil (Maracatu, Samba, Afoxe and other stuff) all originate from the rhythems the slaves brought to Brazil and wich mixed up with the Portuguese and Spanish music wich was brought by the slave-drivers.

E. Ensinck, The Netherlands

Brazilian | Reviewer: somewhere in Trondheim | 11/12/07

If you watch the clip of the concert in Central Park, he thanks the drummers in Brazilian (Portugese). They are Brazilian and so is the rhythm, with the obvious influence from Africa.

Lots of mistakes in the lyrics...

Bam! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/18/07

Paul Simon has a lot of influences. Yes he likes to take on a certain ethnic feel to each song, but can we just agree that this is a great song?

P.S. Brazilian rhythm is greatly influenced by their people's roots in Africa.

one of the greatest songs of Paul Simon | Reviewer: René Post | 8/3/07

Close your eyes, hear this song and you are in Africa. No Brazilion rhythms as mentioned above, but african sound. Indeed the live-version in Central Park is great, unfortunattly not available on DVD (strange though, it is on video, so please put it on DVD ....)

Oh, i want to go back to Africa.

Rene, The Netherlands

Percussion | Reviewer: Bill Graves | 7/25/07

The real strength of this song is the percussion, especially the solo at the end. Unbelievable stuff!! South American rhythms rock!

Fantastic song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/9/07

This is an excellent song and a good example of American pop music and Brazilian rhythms merging to become something greater than the sum of their parts. Check out the live version in Central Park, it's inspiring to see all of the live drummers and the pure energy that they exude.