"Loves Me Like a Rock" as written by and Paul Simon....
I speak to you in Jesus's name
As Jesus speaks through me,
The evil we do can't be blamed upon our destiny
I have walked through the valley of death-row to the shore
I have stumbled through silvery water to my savior, my Salvador!

It took me four years to learn
I was in prison not in church.
And two more to begin the book of my soul's search.

Time is an ocean of endless tears

A wild boy from the streets of El Barrio
An orphan from the hills of Mayagez

And when I wrote my story
The words flew from the page
And my soul in solitary
Escaped its iron cage.

Time is an ocean of endless tears

Mama, I got your letter today
The next time that you write I'll be transferred far away.
I'm leaving Greenhaven's towers of stone
Where the Latin population will soon be minus one.

Time is an ocean of endless tears.

I know how hard it's been for you these many years,
You say the Aguinaldo makes you dream of home
Where once we strolled the beach at El Malecon
Go back don't you worry, I am your grown-up son.

The politics of prison are a mirror of the street.
The poor endure oppression
The police control the state.

Correctional facility
That's what they call this place
But look around and you will see
The politics of race.

A forest and a prison
Where the snow and guards are white

If you want to keep your sanity
You'll teach yourself to write.

You were a child of sixteen
With a twelve-year-old mind
You came here numb and batter


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    General CommentI'm flailing to figure out the meaning behind this song.

    Is it biblical/spritual? Is "mama" God or moral conscience? Satirical? Or maybe it's just very straightforward and means what it says...
    carabiner86on May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe meaning is the inner deamons we all face and how he makes the right the choice and how he has the power to do what is right. And i dont know who mama is i think it is god
    chunkymonkey102on April 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti heard that the last stanza was about Pres. Nixon. i always took the rest of the song quite literally: he doesn't worry too much 'cause his mamma loves him.
    findsomepeaceon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree that mama would be god because mama could represent a care taker or teacher or leader...all of which god is to be...
    littlewingon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA very groovy song. He's growing/grown up, he's successful and proud, he's avoided his demons or weaknesses and he can do all of this because his literal or figurative Mother is the strength he falls back upon. I like it.

    And yet I can't help but mishear the line in the second verse as "I'm a constipated man"... Teehee.
    Heliamphoraon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always took this song as a light-hearted little story of how a boy loses his innocence. He starts out in the Sunday choir being tempted by the Devil, then he's a consummated (non-virginal) man but is still tempted by the devil, showing that he still has religious ideals and beliefs, and finally he's the President, who is no longer being tempted by anything fantastical- he's being tempted by Congress, a representation of sad realism, he's lost faith in anything besides what he can see and touch.

    On a different note, it just plain makes me smile that Congress is compared to the devil in this song.
    thelesserthreaton July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song definatly could be interpretted a lot of different ways. my boyfriend and i were trying to figure it out and thought maybe mama in the beginning of the song is literally his mother, then when he's a man its his wife/girlfriend/whatever, and then the president thing...not really sure...maybe lady liberty? i think the whole "rock of ages" thing makes you think spiritual or of god but it could also just be the figure of speech...i'm not entirely sure what i think.
    littlewingon November 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti read that this song was about the watergate scandal, along with "american tune"
    theofficeallianceon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSome ppl asked, so I thought Id clear part of it up ~ "mama" in the 1st stanza is literal, in the 2nd stanza it's his wife, and in the 3rd stanza it's even more broad, perhaps the American public, I would say. That's why he's a "consecrated boy," then a "consummated man," and then a leader with the "Presidential Seal ... on the Presidential Podium."
    OoOsublimeOoOon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always figured that the song was being forgiven. Like, even if he does something bad, his mother still loves him. Even the president has a mother who loves him.
    neongoddesson November 02, 2008   Link

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