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I been Norman Mailered, Maxwell Taylored
I been John O'Hara'd, McNamara'd
I been Rolling Stoned and Beatled till I'm blind
I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded
Communist, 'cause I'm left-handed
That's the hand I use, well, never mind

I been Phil Spectored, resurrected
I been Lou Adlered, Barry Sadlered
Well, I paid all the dues I want to pay
And I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce
And all of my wealth won't buy me health
So I smoke a pint of tea a day

I knew a man, his brain so small
He couldn't think of nothing at all
He's not the same as you and me
He doesn't dig poetry. He's so unhip that
When you say Dylan, he thinks you're talking about Dylan Thomas
Whoever he was
The man ain't got no culture
But it's alright, ma
Everybody must get stoned

I been Mick Jaggered, silver daggered
Andy Warhol, won't you please come home?
I been mothered, fathered, aunt and uncled
Been Roy Haleed and Art Garfunkeled
I just discovered somebody's tapped my phone



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    UnregisteredJan 29, 2014 at 6:21 am
    This being a heavy-handed parody of Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album, it seems clear that Simon and Garfunkel were playing with the irreverent and surreal lyrical style and fuzzed-out, organ-drenched accompaniment to trivialize Bob's move away from 'protest' folk and into what folkies perceived as frivolous rock and roll. The name-dropping in verb form, like "Ayn Randed," (author of Atlas Shrugged) sounds as though It's supposed to be either self-evident or entirely meaningless. Such questions arose with regard to Dylan's mid-60's material by many in the politically-conscious folk music scene. These were further fueled by contradictory and sarcastic statements to the press such as "All my songs are protest songs" and "There's no real message," etc. The final lyric, "I lost my hamonica, Albert" refers to Albert Grossman, Bob Dylan's manager.

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