How Can You Live In the Northeast

ŠPaul Simon, released on Surprise, 2006

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We heard the fireworks

Rushed out to watch the sky,

Happy go lucky, fourth of July

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How can you live in the Northeast?

How can you live in the South?

How can you build on the banks of a river

When the flood water pours from the mouth?

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How can you be a Christian?

How can you be a Jew?

How can you be a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu?

How can you?

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Weak as the winter sun, we enter life on earth.

Names and religion comes just after date of birth.

Then everybody gets a tongue to speak,

And everyone hears an inner voice,

A day at the end of the week to wonder and rejoice.

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If the answer is infinite light

Why do we sleep in the dark?

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How can you live in the Northeast?

How can you live in the South?

How can you build on the banks of a river?

When the flood water pours from the mouth?

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How can you tattoo your body?

Why do you cover your head?

How can you eat from a rice bowl

The holy man only breaks bread?

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We watched the fireworks 'til they were fireflies.

Followed a path of stars over the endless skies.

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How can you live in the Northeast?

How can you live in the South?

How can you build on the banks of a river

When the flood water pours from the mouth, from the mouth?

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I've been given all I wanted,

Only three generations off the boat.

I've harvested and I've planted.

I'm wearing my father's old coat

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