EXPLAIN HIS RATIONALE – (Parody of You Can Call Me Al)

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EXPLAIN HIS RATIONALE – Parody of You Can Call Me Al

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LYRICS to “DON’T EXPLAIN HIS RATIONALE”
(Written by Don Caron)

A man talks through his tweets
he says, “Why can’t I use those weapons now?”
“Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”
“This makes my job so hard.”
“If thousands die in a war
they’re all gonna die over there.”
“They’re not gonna die here,
won’t end up in our graveyard.”
Tantrums and rages,
looking for a man-fight
far away from his Big White Door.
Bad advice from his sages,
posturing in the dead of night.
This kind of thing could get us into a war.

He deserves our disregard
And disregard him we all shall.
Call me mean and petty
but mean and petty don’t explain his rationale.

A man talks through his tweets
he says, “I think I’m actually humble.”
“I’m really very humble,
much more humble than you would understand.”
“I have a very good brain.”
“I have the steadiest hands.”
“Only me can make us great
now that our greatness is gone, gone.”
“I will build a great wall.”
“Nobody builds walls better, as inexpensively.”
for a song, song
“Mark my words!” “Believe me!”
“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

He deserves our disregard
And disregard him we all shall.
Call me mean and petty
but mean and petty might explain his rationale.

A man talks through his tweets, he says,
“I have tremendous respect for women.”
“And when you’re a star they let you do it.”
“You can do anything you want.”
He is surrounded by 
the sound,
the sound
the warrant of women’s anger
their revoked amelioration
He looks around, around
He sees gold in the architecture
He says, “Nobody reads the bible 
more than me!”
Hallelujah

Halleluiah

He deserves our disregard
And disregard him we all shall.
Call me mean and petty
but mean and petty just explains his rationale.

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For another Parody on the Music of Simon & Garfunkel check out “Confounds the Science,” a parody on Sound of Silence and The Tweeter, a parody on The Boxer.

History of the Original Song – You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon

Graceland Album Cover You Can Call Me AlReleased in September 1986, “You Can Call Me Al” became Simon’s biggest solo hit, reaching the top five in seven countries. (Wikipedia)
The question upmost on anyones’s mind after listening to the original song (You Can Call Me Al), is who are Al and Betty? With questions like that, there isn’t always an answer when discussing poetry or music, but in this case there is. In 1970 Paul Simon and his wife, Peggy Harper were hosting a party and the noted French avant-guarde composer, Pierre Boulez, was there as a guest of a guest. When leaving the party, Boulez referred to Paul as “Al” and Peggy as “Betty,” an honest mistake due to the language barrier. Leave it to Paul Simon to turn that faux-pas into the chorus on a Grammy-winning song. You Can Call Me Al was the lead single from the Paul Simon album “Graceland,” which won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1988.
In his journeys to record Graceland, Simon went to South Africa, which in those years was in the throes of You Can Call Me Al GracelandApartheid. A boycott was being enforced which restricted blacks and whites from mingling. In order to work with the musicians he had gone to Africa to seek out, Simon had to break the boycott. He describes the song “You Can Call Me Al” as autobiographical, in that it is descriptive of his own journey to a new and strange land during what might have been his own mid-life crisis.

Paul Simon achieved is notoriety as a singer-songwriter in the mid 1960s when working with Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel). The Duo split up in 1971 at the pinnacle of their success. In an interview 45 years later, Art Garfunkel still blames that breakup on Paul Simon, at least by implication, if not directly. Garfunkel apparently saw absolutely no reason the duo should have parted ways. It is worth noting, however, that Paul Simon went on to create a phenomenal music career on his own while Art Garfunkel did not. In my opinion, this would imply that their was a discrepancy in creative power that Paul Simon may have found frustrating and stifling – just a personal observation. Garfunkel turned to acting and did release a few solo hits such as “All I Know.”

While Simon and Garfunkel were together they won ten Grammy Awards and in 1990 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their last album together was nominated for Best International Album.

PAUL SIMON’S LYRICS to YOU CAN CALL ME AL

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 wo 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
The 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
Call me Al

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