Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo

I do believe it
I do believe it's true

It's a light and tumble journey
From the East Side to the park
Just a fine and fancy ramble
To the zoo

But you can take the crosstown bus
If it's raining or it's cold
And the animals will love it if you do
If you do, now

Somethin' tells me it's all happening at the zoo

I do believe it
I do believe it's true

The monkeys stand for honesty
Giraffes are insincere
And the elephants are kindly but they're dumb
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum

Zebras are reactionaries
Antelopes are missionaries
Pigeons plot in secrecy
And hamsters turn on frequently
What a gas, you gotta come and see
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo


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At the Zoo Lyrics as written by Paul Simon

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    General Commenti had a really interesting experience involving this song recently. i have lately been going to starbucks whenever i want to read because i just can't seem to get myself to read at home. so i was sitting there reading 'how soon is never?' by marc spitz, and i had just read the following passage: "then i said it. i don't know where it came from. from the docks...from my want of puberty...from the passenger seat pit of dick's silver fiberglass corvette rolling off a cliff while paul simon sang, 'someone told me it's all happenin' at the zoo.'" and as soon as i paused reading for a second to try and remember how that song went, it started playing on the starbucks sound system.

    i shit you not. the time span between me reading the last line and the song starting to play was no longer than two seconds. i was so bewildered that i actually started looking around the cafe as if someone was playing a prank on me. then logic kicked in and i realized that this couldn't be a joke because it would require some incredibly meticulous planning to pull something like this off.

    so what had basically happened was pure coincidence. but what a crazy coincidence, right? for a couple days i just thought it was one of the coolest things that could have happened, but once the novelty kind of wore off i started thinking that i wished it could have happened with a song that i like considerably more than 'at the zoo.' the book i was reading is a novel that revolves pretty heavily around one of my favorite bands: the smiths. so i started thinking how cool it would have been if i had just read about 'there is a light that never goes out' or 'please please please let me get what i want,' and for that song to start playing. that would have been exponentially more thrilling.

    song choice notwithstanding, though, i still have to say it's a pretty awesome coincidence that transpired. i'm also aware that this whole comment has nothing to do with the song 'at the zoo' itself, but i really just wanted to record this bizarre little life moment for myself so i could read it some time in the future and remember those few seconds which at the time seemed like magic.
    typicalrecordson October 11, 2012   Link

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