We'd like to know
A little bit about you
For our files.
We'd like to help you learn
To help yourself.
Look around you. All you see
Are sympathetic eyes.
Stroll around the grounds
Until you feel at home.

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson,
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Wo wo wo
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson,
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey

Hide it in a hiding place
Where no one ever goes.
Put it in you pantry with your cupcakes.
It's a little secret,
Just the Robinsons' affair.
Most of all, you've got to hide it
from the kids.

Coo coo ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson,
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Wo wo wo

God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson,
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey

Sitting on a sofa
On a Sunday afternoon,
Going to the candidates' debate,
Laugh about it,
Shout about it,
When you've got to choose,
Every way you look at it you lose.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you
Ooo ooo ooo.

What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
"Joltin' Joe has left and gone away"
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey



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"Mrs. Robinson" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +4
    General Comment:This song is about the state of the nation in the late 60's. Ms. Robinson is an archetype of the generation that could no longer uphold the "perfectness" of the '50s no matter how good their intentions. (hence why Jesus loves you, there were lots of wrongs committed with the best of intentions) The entire older generation of the 60's was in a sort of institution, desperately trying to maintain an unmaintainable false image. Hide it from the kids, they'll rip off the covers and expose everything. Government is not helping, anyway you lose. Also, an excellent note from the movie: Notice how after they "succeeded" in toppling the establishment's expectations they sat in the back of the bus looking like they had no clue about what to do next? That was 60's youth, and that conflict with one side wrong and the other side confused and directionless is what this song is about.
    VikingLokion August 19, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Mrs Robinson is actually Mrs Roosevelt the first lady, this song is about her struggles

    We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files,We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
    -- a psychiatrist interviewing her at a stress-related rehab center

    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes, Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home
    --others worry for her, she should feel welcome emotionally

    Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes,Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
    --strong women were to repress their true emotions and hide them away completely out of reach

    It's a little secret, just the Robinsons' affair, Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids
    --FDR wasn't a faithful husband, and she was a lesbian it was to be kept to themselves because society wouldn't agree and the children were to be taught morals

    Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon, Going to the candidates debate, Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you've got to choose, Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose
    --she would watch her husband win the presidential election although she did the work, no matter how hard she fought she still could never win because she was a woman

    Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, A nation turns its lonely eyes to you, What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson, Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
    --she misses when she was young and innocent/ the old days where there were few worries but times have changed and they're not coming back

    And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know, God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson, Heaven holds a place for those who pray
    --She is worried and all alone but she never stops praying or gives up her faith, Jesus understands all of the hardships she has but she doesn't know that he knows that
    sven7gramersdwarfon May 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I don't think coo-coo-cachu was meant to be a beatle's reference- simon is too origional for that - and the whole song is for the graduate - but unlike what spliphstar said - ben (dustin hoffman) first has the affair with mrs robinson and then falls in love with her daughter, elaine. mrs robinson is angry and jealous so she tells elaine that ben raped her. elaine tries to break it off but ben starts stalking her - its really showing how crazy mrs robinson is - about the rape and trying to make her life better by ruining someone else's.
    MelissaOKon March 22, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Actually, I read a bio of Simon and Garfunkel, and they were asked by the producers of The Graduate to make some songs for it.. one of the songs was "Mrs. Robinson," but an incomplete version.. the complete version you see here was released after The Graduate was out and successful..
    "Mrs. Robinson" wasn't written directly to the movie.. but, if it makes any difference, it was at least meant to refer to the older woman--whose name is Mrs. Robinson--with whom Ben has an affair. It's a loveless affair.. Ben, a recent college grad who believes he has no future, is trying to search for meaning in the world and he has an affair with Mrs. Robinson because it gives him something to do. Mr. Robinson is Ben's father's business partner, and Ben's father pushes Ben to date the Robinsons' daughter Elaine, against the wishes of Mrs. Robinson. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and when Ben falls in love with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson unleashes her wrath...
    In any case, I'm no expert... but the movie and the song are both brilliant. Scenes and ideas from The Graduate have been copied and remade in countless movies, television shows and other various productions; they say sometimes that all (or at least most) of the best ideas have already been taken
    DancesWithSheep5on June 21, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:sebastianguilt, just because you think you have discovered "the truth" about this song does not mean that the rest of us cannot post here. After all, the question is "What does this song mean TO YOU?" The song may not have been written for "The Graduate", but it was reformulated for it, so there is nothing wrong with trying to draw connections between the two. To me, though, this song is brilliant in its ability to get people happy and singing when the lyrics are quite dark. If the song is about being in an institution, then the first verse ("We'd like to help you learn to help yourself") is quite mocking of the methods use to help people overcome problems, whether pertaining to alcohol, drug, or mental instability. In the same vein, the references to Jesus and Heaven are also sarcastic, poking fun at the institutions in this country that are supposed to help people, but instead are often corrupt and unhelpful. Finally, the references to "hiding" something is metaphorical, refering to keeping secrets rather than drugs or alcohol in the house. Simon suggests putting "it in your pantry with your cupcakes" as a riff on the people who pretend to be good and holy but who are only hiding behind the facade. It's about being someone you aren't and not being honest. I love this song. It's beautiful and timeless.
    LittleBriddieon April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song isn't about the affair in the movie. Well, I guess it is, but it's more or less about Mrs. Robinson trying to live a life she can't. She still living as if she's young and carefree, and it's contrasted by mentioning what people her age may do, settle down, find religion, etc. Joe DiMaggio is both an example of former American value, but of that of her own generation. Joe DiMaggio and Mrs. Robinson are nearly the same age. He has retired by now, and faded from the spotlight, because he can't keep doing all the things he did as a youth(baseball), and because he no longer is there to be a role model for America's youth. But hey, that's just my opinion... and this is my brother's nickname. Oops...
    midnightclownon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:its about a lady in a mental institution....why else would one sroll the grounds...and its a secret that the robinsons have....she was crazy....MENTAL INSTITUTION!!!
    LeChatNoiron July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The song can only be loosley fitted to the movie. This woman is in some kind of rehab center. either mental or alcohol (hide it). She is probably using alcohol to hide from growing old, and changing.
    samanthas137on July 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Although I've never seen the movie, I am almost convinced that Mrs. Robinson is using marijuana or something.
    "Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes
    Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
    It's a little secret, just the Robinsons' affair
    Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids"
    I think perhaps it is two voices in her head along with what going on in the world. Therefore she's been commited.

    eldermcguiganon August 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:VikingLoki is absolutly correct on what this song means. It is on the soundtrack for Forest Gump, and a lot of the lyrics relate to the time period and the heppenings in the movie.
    holtdiggityon August 24, 2002   Link

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