(a-wa) O kodwa you zo-nge li-sa namhlange
(a-wa a-wa) Si-bona kwenze ka kanjani
(a-wa a-wa) Amanto mbazane ayeza
She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

He's a poor boy
Empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing Ta na na
Ta na na na

She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about
As if everybody would know
Exactly what I was talking about
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave
To compensate for his ordinary shoes

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper Broadway
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of our shoes



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"Gumboots" as written by John Stewart

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment:WHAT?! No one's commented on this song? You're all crazy! But jeez, is it ever complex?! I'm not even gonna start going into what I think it's about, I just wanna add one last line, which is a really clever part - right at the end, when the music starts to fade, you can just hear him sing "I was having this discussion in a taxi heading downtown...", as if the whole thing is starting again after he's finally found love with the "Senorita"
    mercury_girl86on October 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Great song.

    I also will not attempt to grasp the meaning here and now.
    owenparry26on December 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:HAHA yeah I agree... What does it all mean?I get the chorus! hehehe
    I love the beat.... it's fantastic! I love this whole album!
    koukla243on August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Gotta love it, it's so New York. I should know, I went there once...
    ShineYouDiamondon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:is it about a guy in two minds
    (not to be confused with the man with two brains)
    were one half of him is down and hes saying to him self get it together it'll all be wounderfull, the other saying it'll be a disaster wounderful being having supernatural powers then the reality slamming into a brickwall.

    then in the end they come to some sort of agreement when they say there walking down the same street and talking about loving yourself? (not to be confused with pleasuring yourself)
    Fiesta_bhoyon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Oh come on. Meaning is simple--A guy in love with his female senorita friend who, well, loves him as a friend only.
    kozmikon November 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:(not to be confused with pleasuring yourself)

    lol, fiesta. I read it the exact same way. Except I would add one thing: The way you think and feel about yourself is almost completely based on how others treat you. So when a "senorita" doesn't want to get married to you, then you re-think who you really are. That's the first way I read it.

    But the people are left intentionally vague in the song, so there's lots to play with.
    OoOsublimeOoOon October 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:you don't feel you could love me
    but i feel you could


    kept running through my head as i broke up with my girlfriend.
    YouKnowStuffon January 09, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:was having this discussion
    In a taxi heading downtown
    Rearranging my position
    On this friend of mine who had
    A little bit of a breakdown
    I said breakdowns come
    And breakdowns go
    So what are you going to do about it
    That's what I'd like to know

    ***Simon has just set himself up as a total jerk. His response to a friend's breakdown is selfish (rearranging "my" position) and unsupportive ("what are you gonna do about it?")

    You don't feel you could love me
    But I feel you could

    ***He decides that that object of his love doesn't know his/her own self enough to know whether s/he could love Simon, but Simon believes ("feels' being used here tongue-in-cheek) he knows better.****

    It was in the early morning hours
    When I fell into a phone call
    Believing I had supernatural powers
    I slammed into a brick wall
    I said hey, is this my problem?
    Is this my fault?
    If that's the way it's going to be
    I'm going to call the whole thing to a halt

    ***This is a little confusing. The gist seems to be that when the Simon character runs into a dead-end that he previously though he'd be able to avoid, his reaction is to push the whole thing off on someone else, denying that anything is ever his own doing. He assumes power by threatening to "call the whole thing to a halt," when it's apparent that what he'll be doing, as he did with the friend's breakdown, is simply avoid having to become involved by deflecting, or running away.***

    You don't feel you could love me
    But I feel you could
    You don't feel you could love me
    But I feel you could

    I was walking down the street
    When I thought I heard this voice say
    Say, ain't we walking down the same street together
    On the very same day
    I said hey Senorita that's astute

    ***He's a wise-ass, flattering while insulting a most-likely well-meaning woman trying to be friendly.****

    I said why don't we get together
    And call ourselves an institute

    ***But he's presumably attracted to her, and isn't beyond a little fooling around to get his own rocks off.****

    You don't feel you could love me
    But I feel you could
    You don't feel you could love me
    But I feel you could

    ****Simon is painting a picture of a very undesirable person, someone who assumes no responsibility, mistreats women, has little compassion for friends, and all along needs to tell the object of his desire that he feels she can love him even though she doesn't. The character is impressed with himself, sees himself as suave, and is unaware of his own shortcomings. Simon brilliantly evokes a man at odds with the world and obvious to it.***

    It's all rather tongue-in-cheek.
    Jakemanon February 15, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning:It was in the early morning hours
    When I fell into a phone call
    Believing I had supernatural powers
    I slammed into a brick wall
    I said hey, is this my problem?
    Is this my fault?
    If that's the way it's going to be
    I'm going to call the whole thing to a halt

    If anyone has ever been on the verge of a breakup, this should sound familiar. He thinks he has things in control and ends up hurting himself by ending things.
    Boccion August 10, 2010   Link

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