Song of the Day #4,041: ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ – Simon & Garfunkel

The Concert in Central Park was the first Simon & Garfunkel album I ever heard. Released in 1982, this recording of the late-1991 benefit concert was my gateway to the duo’s music and also to a half dozen of Paul Simon’s solo tunes.

In fact, it wasn’t until I started diving into Simon & Garfunkel’s catalog that I realized tracks such as ‘Late in the Evening,’ ‘Slip Slidin’ Away,’ ‘Kodachrome’ and ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ were actually solo tracks written and recorded after their breakup. I mean, they sound so good performed by both men.

Though Garfunkel maintained that he could have complemented Simon’s new songs nicely, Simon just wasn’t about that life anymore. This concert provided a nice glimpse of what might have been had the pair stayed together while Simon explored new terrain.

Mama pajama rolled outta bed, and she ran to the police station
When 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 every time my name gets mentioned
The papa said “Oy! if I get that boy
I’m gonna stick him in the house of detention”

[Hook]
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
Seein’, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
Seein’, me and Julio down by the schoolyard

[Instrumental break]

In a couple of days they’re gonna take me away
But the press let the story leak
When the radical priest come to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek

[Hook]
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
Seein’, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
Seein’, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
Seein’, me and Julio down by the schoolyard

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,041: ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ – Simon & Garfunkel

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I remember watching this concert on TV and being awe struck at how huge a crowd had assembled in Central Park. So wonderful!

  2. Peg says:

    It’s been repeated over the years. I just love to see it anytime I can

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