Many's the time I've been mistaken, and many times confused
Yes and I've often felt forsaken, and certainly misused
Ah but I'm alright, I'm alright, I'm just weary through my bones
Still you don't expect to be bright and bon-vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered or driven to its knees
But it's alright, it's alright, for we live so well, so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on
I wonder what's gone wrong, I can't help it I wonder what's gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying, I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me, smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying, and high up above my eyes could clearly see
The statue of liberty, sailing away to sea, and I dreamed I was flying

But we come on a ship they called Mayflower
We come on a ship that sailed the moon
We come in the ages' most uncertain hours and sing an American tune
And it's alright, oh it's alright, it's alright, you can be forever blessed
Still tomorrow's gonna be another working day and I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying, to get some rest

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"American Tune" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentI cannot believe no one has written about this song. I am a huge Paul Simon fan, and like all of his songs - love most of them - but this song is one of the best songs ever written, in my opinion. He is excellent at expressing moods.
    mwstroupon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to point out that the melody is exactly like the church tune "O Sacred head now wounded" which was originally written in German as "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" by Paul Gerhardt in 1607 and is based on a german middle-age love song "Mein Gemüt ist mir verwirret". Hence, we have a german secular love song transformed into a religious anthem transformed into a "American tune". Given that Simon has a Bachelor degree in Music Science, I suppose he knew this. The history of this melody thus very nicely mirrors the "mistaken" and "confused" mood in the lyrics. Far away from home, the "american-ness" of tunes is just as uncertain as the age and especially the singer himself.
    teepfauon November 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThere are over a dozen comments about this song filed under Paul Simon. The song first appears on "There goes Rhymin' Simon".
    mike2on June 13, 2011   Link

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