That Was Your Mother

ŠPaul Simon, released on Graceland, 1986

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A long time ago yeah,

Before you was born dude,

When I was still single,

And life was great,

I held this job as a traveling salesman,

That kept me moving, from state to state,

Well I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette,

State of Louisiana,

Wondering where a city boy could go,

To get a little conversation

Drink a little red wine,

Catch a little bit of those Cajun girls

Dancing to Zydeco.

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[Pause]

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Along come a young girl,

She's pretty as a prayerbook,

Sweet as an apple, on Christmas day,

I said good gracious, can this be my luck,

If that's my prayerbook,

Lord let us pray,

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Well I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette,

State of Louisiana,

Wondering where a city boy could do,

To get her in a conversation

Drink a little red wine,

Dance to the music of Clifton Chenier

The King of the Bayou, Lets's Rock,

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Well that was your mother,

And that was your father,

Before you was born dude,

When life was great,

You are the burden, of my generation,

I sure do love you,

But let's get that straight,

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Well I'm standing on the corner of Lafayette,

Across the street from The Public,

Heading down to the Lone Star Cafe,

Maybe get a little conversation

Drink a little red wine,

Standing in the shadow of Clifton Chenier

Dancing the night away.

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