Baseball related songs: “Me and Julio” by Paul Simon

In today’s episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to “Me and Julio by the schoolyard” performed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon. The song is about two boys that have committed a crime. 

When the mother of the boys (mama pajama) notices what the boys have done, she Image may contain: 1 person, standing, child and outdoorheads to a police station to report the crime. The song does not state what the crime is. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Simon is 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.”

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, child and outdoorYou may wonder what this song has to do with baseball. Well, in 1988, Paul Simon released a greatest hits album of which “Me and Julio” was a part. To promote the song, he shot a video with several sports greats. The video was filmed at Mathews-Palmer Park in Hell’s Kitchen, which was standing in for Halsey Junior High School in Forest Hills, Queens, the neighborhood in which Simon grew up and met Art Garfunkel in high school. Many of the children featured in the video were from that same school. One of the (former) athletes in the video was the former Yankee great Mickey Mantle. Mantle and the other sports greats are giving advice to children in the video.

The lyrics of “Me and Julio by the schoolyard” are as follows:

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
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”

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

Whoa, in a couple 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

Seein’ me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein’ me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein’ me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard

 

 

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