"Stranded in a Limousine" as written by and Paul Simon....
He was a mean individual
He had a heart like a bone
He was a naturally crazy man
And better off left alone

Well he stopped one night
At a traffic light
And when that light turned green
He was a mean individual
Stranded in a limousine

Hey hey hey hey
All the children on the street
They come running out their front doors
Running out their back doors
Flying on their feet
They said mama, oh! Papa, oh!
See what I have seen
There's a mean individual stranded in a limousine

Then everybody came running
Everybody said Lord, Lord!
Everybody was gunning
They're gonna divvy up the reward
And then a wah wah wah wah wah wah wah
A siren, a flashing light
But the mean individual
Had vanished in the black of night

Hey hey hey hey
They wondered where to begin
‘Cause he left that neighborhood
Just like the rattlesnake sheds its skin

Well they searched the roofs
And they checked out the groups
And they photographed the scene
For the mean individual
Stranded in a limousine

Then everybody came running
Everybody said Lord, Lord!
Everybody was gunning
They're gonna divvy up the reward
And then a wah wah wah wah wah wah wah
A siren, a flashing light
But the mean individual
Had vanished in the black of night
The mean individual had vanished in the black of night
The mean individual had vanished in the black of night!


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"Stranded in a Limousine" as written by Paul Simon

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    My InterpretationThis song is just a reflection on the meaning of 'the mean individual'. That concept is some kind of political artefact meaning 'Joe Average'. But who is Joe Average? Not you. Not me. Not anyone we know. Nevertheless politicians focus on Joe Average to project their beliefs and ideas on. So he is probably someone very important, very valuable. If Joe Average, or the Mean Individual would ever get found, there would be a prize on his head. So suppose he got stranded in some kind of neighbourhood where the kids wouldn't hesitate to bring him in (into the police station) for a reward, we all would finally get to know Joe, that Mean Individual, a shining sample of us all (however untrue).
    mcouzijnon December 28, 2013   Link

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