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An Analysis of the Song/Lyrics American Tune by: Paul Simon

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Upon hearing this song (just recently), I immediately thought of Don Mclean’s American Pie.The complete song gives me an empathetic view of how one man (person) might feel about where he (she) might fit into the scheme of things; the American Dream.

-Paul begins by explaining the concept of self-awareness, critical judgment of others and the sadness of not knowing where you really belong.
-Although there are many good times; he considers the idea of escaping from the chaos of rapid change.
-Are Love, Peace, Compassion and the “Fifth Amendment” just a notion?
-Aware of the foundation of our nation and our way of life.He asks the question: Upon the stage of American growth, what has been the true roll of all the endeavors, accomplishments and sacrifices?
-Accepting that life continues regardless of losses, he hopes that he will be given the strength to put worldly unrest aside for just a time, and spend more time concentrating on self.
The song lyrics and melody take me to a place I have been…