What was it that the Mama Pajama Saw?

For those of you not old enough to remember, that is  from “Me and Julio Down By the school Yard” released by Paul Simon after he split from Art Garfunkle and launched his successful solo career.  And like many good songs it leaves the listener to interpret it as he sees fit, and there are as many opinions on this song as any, and that is what this story is about..what does that song mean?

People have been interpreting songs since time began, even Beethoven had people wondering who “Fur Elise” was written for and has anybody figured out “American Pie” correctly? Don McLean to this day has never actually giving a definite answer to that question and gave this answer to a reporter once when asked””It means I never have to work again.”You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me…. Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence.”.  Through out musical history we have been left wondering things like”Who wrote the book of love”,and to this day there is still debate over what Billy Joe really threw off of the Tallahatchie Bridge. Carly Simon let us know that “Your so Vain” but never let us know who she was talking about, was it Mick Jagger? Nick Nolte? Jack Nicholson? Speculation about who it is is still out there even though the song was written in 1972.  What was the number about that Steely Dan sang about in “Ricki Don’t lose that number”? Was it a phone number or perhaps a reference to a joint? Again Donald Fagan the writer of the song has never really stated what he meant.

And that brings me back to my original question, What did Mama Pajama see? But I think I will leave that for another story.


One Reply to “What was it that the Mama Pajama Saw?”

  1. Then there was “Louie Louie” by the kingsmen in 1963. Even the FBI investigated the lyrics. If you have the original 45 single the “B” side was “Haunted Castle”, an instrumental well worth the listen.


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