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Re: "Call me Al"

Posted by Bob on January 29, 2007

In Reply to: Re: "Call me Al" posted by R. Berg on January 29, 2007

: : : Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "Call me Al"

: : Popular song, written by Paul Simon

: : A man walks down the street
: : He says why am I soft in the middle now
: : Why am I soft in the middle
: : The rest of my life is so hard
: : I need a photo-opportunity
: : I want a shot at redemption
: : Don't want to end up a cartoon
: : In a cartoon graveyard
: : Bonedigger Bonedigger
: : Dogs in the moonlight
: : Far away my well-lit door
: : Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly
: : Get these mutts away from me
: : You know I don't find this stuff amusing anymore
: : If you'll be my bodyguard
: : I can be your long lost pal
: : I can call you Betty
: : And Betty when you call me
: : You can call me Al

: : A man walks down the street
: : He says why do I always have to poop
: : Got a short little span of attention
: : And wo my nights are so long
: : Where's my wife and family
: : What if I die here
: : Who'll be my role-model
: : Now that my role-model is
: : Gone Gone
: : He ducked back down the alley
: : With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
: : All alone alone
: : There were incidents and accidents
: : There were hints and allegations

: : If you'll be my bodyguard
: : I can be your long lost pal
: : I can call you Betty
: : And Betty when you call me
: : You can call me Al
: : Call me Al

: : A man walks down the street
: : It's a street in a strange world
: : Maybe it's the Third World
: : Maybe it's his first time around
: : He doesn't speak the language
: : He holds no currency
: : He is a foreign man
: : He is surrounded by the sound
: : The sound
: : Cattle in the marketplace
: : Scatterlings and orphanages
: : He looks around, around
: : He sees angels in the architecture
: : Spinning in infinity
: : He says Amen! and Hallelujah!

: : If you'll be my bodyguard
: : I can be your long lost pal
: : I can call you Betty
: : And Betty when you call me
: : You can call me Al
: : Call me Al

: Didn't "Call me Al" occur earlier in "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime"? ~rb

Ooh, right you are. It was Al all the time.