"The Obvious Child" as written by and Paul Simon....
Well I'm accustomed to a smooth ride
Or maybe I'm a dog who's lost its bite
I don't expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don't expect to sleep through the night
Some people say a lie's a lie's a lie
But I say why
Why deny the obvious child?
Why deny the obvious child?

And in remembering a road sign
I am remembering a girl when I was young
And we said these songs are true
These days are ours
These tears are free
And hey
The cross is in the ballpark
The cross is in the ballpark

We had a lot of fun
We had a lot of money
We had a little son and we thought we'd call him Sonny
Sonny gets married and moves away
Sonny has a baby and bills to pay
Sonny gets sunnier
Day by day by day by day

I've been waking up at sunrise
I've been following the light across my room
I watch the night receive the room of my day
Some people say the sky is just the sky
But I say
Why deny the obvious child?
Why deny the obvious child?

Sonny sits by the window and thinks to himself
How it's strange that some roots are like cages
Sonny's yearbook from high school
Is down on the shelf
And he idle thumbs through the pages
Some have died
Some have fled from themselves
Or struggled from here to get there
Sonny wanders beyond his interior walls
Runs his hands through his thinning brown hair
I'm accustomed to a smoother ride
Or maybe I'm a dog who's lost its bite
I don't expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don't expect to sleep the night
Some people say a lie is just a lie
But I say
The cross is in the ballpark
Why deny the obvious child?


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"The Obvious Child" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentIt's a retrospective, and its a look into the future, a true achievement in language.

    its basically a man looking back into his life and how he perceived it in his youth.

    "Accostumed to a smooth ride, maybe just a dog who's lost his bite" is a clear explanation of how he felt before, as a rough and tumble type of person who'd rather have it tough than easy, but time and experiece have changed this, and its not bad, its just experience, its just life.

    The title is usually misintrepreted as the obvious child (a child being obvious), but its basically a figure of speech of someone talking down to someone else "its not possible to deny the obvious" being patronizing witha sense of affection (parenthood).

    The fact that you cannot be in permanent revolution is evident, the most beatiful verses in the piece are sang as a remembrance: "These songs are true, These days are ours, These tears are free". but its looked at as if even thou it was a reality at the moment its not exactly how it is right now, and its not saddening or angry, its just different.

    the calrification of the "cross in the ballpark" is welcome, but is also fits within the theme as a very hopeful comment to tell someone who's looking into the future (the challenge can be taken and achieved it seems). thanks to jolarti for that, I thought i was lost with a dead baseball player analogy...

    Sonny wanders beyond his interior walls, the future self of the speaker (his son) looks at his life the same way his father did before him, and realizaes he is quite content with life as it has been and whatever will come.

    I love it, it has become a mantra for me, "I dont expect to be treated like a fool no more"

    tnx all
    Gs_topcowon November 09, 2006   Link

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