Paul Simon - All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints Lyrics




Over the mountain
Down in the valley
Lives a former talk-show host
Everybody knows his name
He says there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
I've seen them all and man
They're all the same

Well, the sun gets weary
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town
Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you
This is all around the world

Out in the Indian Ocean somewhere
There's a former army post
Abandoned now just like the war
And there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's what that old army post was for

Well, the sun gets bloody
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town
Somebody says what's a better thing to do
Well, it's not just me
And it's not just you
This is all around the world

Over the mountain
Down in the valley
Lives the former talk-show host
Far and wide his name was known
He said there's no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
That's why we must learn to live alone





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  1. mrs Macca

    What a great album.

  2. s1tanner

    __Lyrics__
    Over the mountain Down in the valley
    Lives a former talk-show host
    Everybody knows his name
    He says there's no doubt about it
    It was the myth of fingerprints
    I've seen them all and man
    They're all the same
    Well, the sun gets weary
    And the sun goes down
    Ever since the watermelon
    And the lights come up
    On the black pit town
    Somebody says what's a better thing to do
    Well, it's not just me
    And it's not just you
    This is all around the world
    Out in the Indian Ocean somewhere
    There's a former army post
    Abandoned now just like the war
    And there's no doubt about it
    It was the myth of fingerprints
    That's what that old army post was for
    Well, the sun gets bloody
    And the sun goes down
    Ever since the watermelon
    And the lights come up
    On the black pit town
    Somebody says what's a better thing to do
    Well, it's not just me
    And it's not just you
    This is all around the world
    Over the mountain Down in the valley
    Lives the former talk-show host
    Far and wide his name was known
    He said there's no doubt about it
    It was the myth of fingerprints
    That's why we must learn to live alone
    Uh uh uh
    Uh uh uh
    Uh uh uh
    Uh uh uh
    All around the world
    All around the world

  3. bbb dinamo

    In 1986 i bought that album..Best time ever...As a kid,I adored listening to him..🎶🎵🎼📢👍😎

  4. Riccardo Papa

    the same drums as 'footloose' in the intro

  5. Tom Palminteri

    Love this track! Perfect ending to a perfect Album.

  6. laura buccino

    Sei un Genio, socio :)

  7. Thomas Ginn

    Bringing the people together...to celebrate life. Thanks Paul. and great feelings and memories, again, whenever I hear this music...

  8. Mia Martin

    Los Lobos is a great band.
    the 1 and only. again with a 12/10
    ~ oz ~

  9. Steven Selby

    DEA wants to play INS Forever, 2 paul--
    Love this song.
    Los Lobos? What the?
    2019 you stil got it. Wonderful...

  10. Jannett Baez

    the 1 and only. again with a 12/10
    ~ oz ~

  11. SMEXIIDORK248

    My very favorite song on Graceland
    TAKE ON MEEEE
    My Instagram name is former_talkshow_host. Paul Simon saved my life

  12. Cheryl Maroz

    My very favorite song on Graceland

  13. Yasmin McEwen

    Oh man, this Album!
    Paul Simon = Happy times and a Spirit of Life and Love!
    I just LOVE Paul Simon 💗💗💗🎵🎹💫 I used to ride my bike umpteen miles and had just this Graceland tape. I could listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. Love to You Paul! You're Truly Magnificent🌌💫🎵

  14. Jessiel Rodriguez

    Los Lobos? What the?
    2019 you stil got it. Wonderful...

  15. Mark Strain

    Los Lobos says Paul Simon took credit for their music and denied them credit and royalties: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/los-lobos-steve-berlin-labels-paul-simon-a-jerk-alleges-graceland-snub/ Come on Paul Simon, give credit where credit is due.

  16. Conny Martens

    Love this song.

  17. Two in the chest

    I do believe Los Lobos' story about this song but i still love Pauls music.

  18. 237homer238

    the 1 and only. again with a 12/10

  19. MiguelAngel Zénobio Medranorojas

    2019 you stil got it. Wonderful...

  20. qooox

    This song saved my life when I was 16 years old. I’m 35 years old now and my Instagram name is former_talkshow_host

  21. adamtzsch

    This is the best song in the world.

  22. Eric Beaulieu

    My favorite?From sucha great album full of classic coLLecTions.Thank you PauL and ArT GarfunkeL for your vision and art.

  23. qooox

    My Instagram name is former_talkshow_host. Paul Simon saved my life

  24. The Thing On The Doorstep

    Ah, One of my favorite Los Lobos songs, except Simon decided to be a total PRICK and screw them over.

    James Passmore

    Why? It was Paul Simon's song. They were just hired as session players. It goes with the territory, they needed to get over themselves.

    Dan Meyer

    Los Lobos are great musicians who deserve better. Isaac Mtshala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the rest are as well. They are not temp workers with bad attitudes or the kind of person you could (legitimately) throw under the bus.

    MidWest Concert Video

    @James Passmore Search out Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for the full story. They were asked to come into the studio by their mutual record company. According to Berlin, Simon sat in the control room asking them to "jam". They're not a jam band - the songwriters in the group write and then present the demo to the rest of the group. Finally, on the second day, they played one of the songs they were working on for their next album. Simon recorded it, and they were happy to leave a very uncomfortable situation. When Graceland comes out, they see that their song is on a hit album - a hit album with only one songwriting credit "Words and Music by Paul Simon." They should have received the royalties for this, their song. And as far as I'm concerned, he owes them back royalties as well.

    James Passmore

    @MidWest Concert Video I read that same thing many years ago. They are trying to pull the wool over people's eyes when they tell this story. If they played one of their own backing arrangements when they were working on a Paul Simon recording then they would have known they were not going to get credit. They had a contract and this is how it works when you get hired as a session band. I have no sympathy for them - it's just greed.

    James Passmore

    @MidWest Concert Video Look, Glen Campbell doesn't whine about all the songs he played on with no credit when he was one of the wrecking crew. They knew what they were doing. It's deceptive of them to pretend they didn't know.

  25. salvagedrover

    Los Lobos is a great band.

  26. Andrew Taft

    There's no doubt about it....

  27. Ryan

    TAKE ON MEEEE

    xmandlt

    Not even close. You're an idiot.

    medfry

    Aha... I don't get it :^)

  28. Travis Prasifka

    DEA wants to play INS Forever, 2 paul--

  29. Alex B. Diamond

    Paul Simon you are without question one of the baddest musicians in the history of Creation. You are an angel from Heaven and will be celebrated for thousands of years into the future and never ever forgotten! I love you man! Damn!

    fenixrising1972

    Except he used Los Lobos and didn't give them credit because he's actually a douche.

  30. James Edgar

    I wish this song was longer. Let's see, double the first 30 seconds, play the chorus 2-3 times after the third verse, and end up with a nice, big drum solo......

    Rose Bellitzia

    He had songs they didn’t have room to fit in!

  31. Steve Pobst

    Yeah, Los Lobos was the backing band for this song. Kind of a sad story, Los Lobos felt very slighted by Paul and Paul basically told them to take off. Los Lobos was a great band. David's voice was excellent and Steve Berlin was my idol.

    sdecay

    I'm sorry I offended your apparently high esteem for this superannuated plagiarist and I'll try not to scandalize grampy folk rockers or their whiny lickspittles again.

    valar

    Whatever your opinion of Paul Simon, he was like 45 when he made this album. A plagiarist maybe, but not superannuated or grampy.

    And the rest of the album is 100% Simon, and it is brilliant. So he's human and can be a dick. Holy shit.

    MidWest Concert Video

    @valar Actually, one of the African artists he ripped off had to go after Simon. Luckily he had the previously released albums to prove that Simon stole his songs.

    valar

    Who is that? I've never heard of this, only that American bands every actually directly accused him of plagiarism on Graceland.

    No one disputes that he wrote the vast majority of his catalogue, however.

    MidWest Concert Video

    @valar I'm still looking for the name of the African artist who had songs on albums issued in Africa that Simon later claimed to have written. In the meantime, here's a quote from a Musician magazine interview in 1987 where a different member of Los Lobos describe the recording session:

    From Musician issue 102, April 1987, written by Mark Rowland:

    Back in Los Lobos' folk days, [Cesar] Rosas had become a fan of the South American group Los Incas, whose "El Condor Pasa" became famous through Simon's rendition on the Bridge Over Troubled Water LP. One decade later, Simon invited Los Lobos to play on his new record, Graceland.

    "He said he'd been a fan for a while and would we be interested in getting together," Rosas says. "We said sure; we thought he'd have a couple of songs or something. So we got into the studio, but there were no songs. After a while we started feeling like idiots; 'when is he going to show us the song?' By the last day there was this weird tension in the air. He asked us if there was anything wrong, and we said no, that's what we want to know."

    It turned out that Simon wanted Los Lobos to "create" some music, perhaps in the manner of the African bands he'd contracted to play extended jams on old folk songs. "He thought we were this caged jungle beast," [Louie] Perez says, "that we just do what we do." Rosas and [David] Hidalgo decided to put a tune together from parts they'd written earlier. The band recorded it, Simon took it home, wrote lyrics, and stuck the now-completed track on his album -- with no songwriting credits for Los Lobos. Graceland has now sold over a million copies.

  32. Catherine Fitzpatrick

    Los Lobos? What the?