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“The mama pajama rolled out of bed
and she ran to the police station
when the papa found out he began to shout
and he started the investigation

It’s against the law
it was against the law
what the mama saw
it was against the law

The mama looked down and spit on the ground
everytime my name gets mentioned
the papa said oy if I get that boy
I’m gonna stick him in the house of detention
well I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going
I’m on my way I’m taking my time
but I don’t know where
goodbye to Rosie the queen of Corona
see you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard
see you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard
me and Julio down by the schoolyard

In a couple of days they come and
take me away
but the press let the story leak
and when the radical priest
come to get me released
we was all on the cover of Newsweek
and I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going
I’m on my way I’m taking my time
but I don’t know where
goodbye to Rosie the queen of Corona
see you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard
see you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard
see you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard”.

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Paul Simon, Me and Julio down by the schoolyard – 2:42
(Paul Simon)
Album: Paul Simon (1972)
Singolo: “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard / Congratulations” (1972)

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Citazioni.

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the second single from his second self-titled studio album (1972), released on Columbia Records. The song is about two boys (“Me and Julio”) who have broken a law, although the exact law that has been broken is not stated in the song. When “the mama pajama” finds out what they have done, she goes to the police station to report the crime. The individuals are later arrested, but released when a “radical priest” intervenes. The meaning and references in the song have long provoked debate. In a July 20, 1972 interview for Rolling Stone, Jon Landau asked: “What is it that the mama saw? The whole world wants to know”. Simon replied “I have no idea what it is… Something sexual is what I imagine, but when I say ‘something’, I never bothered to figure out what it was. Didn’t make any difference to me”. This implies that Simon left the crime up to the imagination of the listener, allowing each person who listens to the song to draw their own conclusion from their own thoughts and experiences. This has not stopped speculation on a definite interpretation: commentators have detected references to recreational drug use, and believe that the mother saw the boy buying drugs. More recently, in October 2010, Simon described the song as “a bit of inscrutable doggerel”, while the “radical priest” has been interpreted as a reference to Daniel Berrigan, who featured on the cover of Time on January 25th, 1971, near when the song was written. The percussion sound in the song, unusual for American pop, was created with a Cuica, a Brazilian friction drum instrument often used in samba music.
In 1988, Simon released a video for the song to promote his greatest hits compilation Negotiations and Love Songs. The video filmed at Halsey Junior High School, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. This was the same neighborhood within which Simon grew up and met Art Garfunkel in high school. Many of the children featured in the video were from that same school. It features an introduction by hip hop emcees (and then-fellow Warner Bros. Records label mates) Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. Main Source member Large Professor also makes a minor cameo towards the end.[6] The video depicts adults interacting with the youth of an inner-city schoolyard. It shows Simon playing basketball and stickball with the children, and it also features basketball player Spud Webb, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and football coach-commentator John Madden giving tips to young athletes.
The song appears in a montage in the 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums directed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. It also appears in the film A Home at the End of the World, over the opening credits of Maid in Manhattan, The Simpsons episode “Holidays of Future Passed“, within the film The Muppets, and during the opening credits in Real Women Have Curves. Simon himself performed the song on Sesame Street, along with a girl who backed him up singing “Dance dance dance all right/dance dance dance all right/Everybody dance,” etc. Canadian musician Sam Roberts performed a shortened version of the song on the Kids’ CBC program Mamma Yamma, altering some of the lyrics to fit the scene he was in. The song plays in the second episode of Saturday Night Live, during a Weekend Update segment where Simon plays basketball. Simon performed the song with Stephen Colbert on the September 11, 2015 episode of The Late Show“.

(Wikipedia, voce Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard)

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