The mama pajama rolled out of bed
And she ran to the police station
When the papa found out he began to shout
And he started the investigation

It's against the law
It was against the law
What the mama saw
It was against the law

The mama looked down and spit on the ground
Every time my name gets mentioned
The papa said, "oy, if I get that boy
I'm gonna stick him in the house of detention"

Well I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way
I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona

Seein' me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein' me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard

Whoa, in a couple days they come and take me away
But the press let the story leak
And when the radical priest
Come to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek

And I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way
I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona

Seein' me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein' me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein' me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard


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"Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +3
    General CommentI've always interpreted the song to be about political activism, i.e., that the character in the song was involved in some sort of undefined frowned-upon radical activities. The song is on Paul Simon's eponymous solo debut, which was released in 1970, so it's a likely time to write a song summing up the entrenched opposition to late-'60s/early-'70s political radicalism. Simon's repeated insistence that he doesn't know what "me and Julio" were doing is consistent with the view that the precise activities were undefined.

    I think that the other person in the song was "Julio" to reflect the era's changing racial makeup of Kew Gardens in Queens, where Simon grew up.
    sunshipballoonson November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that the song was about two schoolboys sexually experimenting with each other. It seems almost obvious to me that's what it's about. But I'm sure everyone else sees their own interpretation as being obvious as well...
    Groonon November 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOk its about a homosexual relationship of course back then it was against the law so he gets caught and his parents are mortified. rosie queen of corona is acually a nod to a street in the neighborhood where paul grew up, now the radical priest thing comes from the 70s when a real preist acually was in time mag because he condoned homosexual realtions so when he gets the boy released he is condoning the action and in turn gets media hype.
    brandybeeon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else notice how when some songs appear to be about gay sex they can also be interrupted as being about Marijuana. Weed always saves the song from dirty gay sex. Is there anything it CAN'T do?
    harrykidon December 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI never got any homosexual indications from this song.

    I always thought that he and Julio were juvenile delinquents. It just reminds me of the cliche 50's kids hanging out down at the schoolyard.

    Mama and Papa are Rosie's parents. The singer is Rosie's boyfriend.

    He and Julio did what delinquents did in the 50's - got into trouble. He was sent to juvie because of it. He gets released from juvie by his neighborhood priest who defends him for wome reason, but he still has to leave because he can't go back to his old neighborhood (Rosie's parents are pretty mad.) He never really gets to say goodbye to his "Rosie, queen of Corona" but thinks about it on his way out of Dodge. (I'm on my way. I don't know where I'm going. I'm on my way. Taking my time but I don't know where. Say goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona.)

    In light of some other stuff written here, as Rosie was the "Queen of Corona" which may refer to the neighborhood in NY, she might have been a local girl who was easy instead of his girlfriend. Either way, what he does with her gets him in trouble. I never thought Julio was part of whatever happened with Rosie because he doesn't end up in trouble with the singer.
    EnochRoot1on September 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery thorough discussion of this song and its meaning at:

    medialab.chalmers.se/guitar/…

    bakerton April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always feel like what they saw was someonthing sexual. Maybe it's about homosexuality in a time and place where it was an extreme taboo? In some way I don't need to know what happened to really love this song.
    soapyon November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperhaps it's ethnic differences?
    punkrockchick217on November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe it is just "see me and julio" not "see, you, me and julio"

    i always thought this was a song about a homosexual relationship, that the writer's parents figured out about, so they send him away.

    i also thought maybe it could be that the writer is white and julio isnt, and maybe they are friends, so that causes him to be sent away.
    getjeton January 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthomosexuality sounds more paul simonian
    rationalevilon January 23, 2005   Link

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