America

ŠPaul Simon, released on Bookends (Simon and Garfunkel) 1968

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"Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together."

"I've got some real estate here in my bag."

So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies

And we walked off to look for America.

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh

"Michigan seems like a dream to me now

It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw

I've come to look for America."

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Laughing on the bus;

Playing games with the faces;

She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy;

I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera."

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"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat."

"We smoked the last one an hour ago."

So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine

And the moon rose over an open field.

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"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping.

"I'm empty and aching and I don't know why."

Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike:

They've all come to look for America

All come to look for America

All come to look for America

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