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    The Boy in the Bubble

    In my car yesterday I heard a song that’s one of my all time favorites but that I hadn’t heard in a while: Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble” from Graceland. FWIW, Graceland is one of the best albums maybe of all time. Such a revelation of music & lyrics — groundbreaking.

    Anyway, the lyrics of the song really caught my attention — for a song released in 1986, it sure does sound like it could describe today. Here’s one of the verses:

    And I believe 
    These are the days of lasers in the jungle 
    Lasers in the jungle somewhere 
    Staccato signals of constant information 
    A loose affiliation of millionaires 
    And billionaires and baby 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    This is the long distance call 
    The way the camera follows us in slo-mo 
    The way we look to us all 
    The way we look to a distant constellation 
    That’s dying in a corner of the sky 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 

    Amazing, to me, anyway. Really struck me. 

    And the whole song:

    It was a slow day 
    And the sun was beating 
    On the soldiers by the side of the road 
    There was a bright light 
    A shattering of shop windows 
    The bomb in the baby carriage 
    Was wired to the radio 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    This is the long distance call 
    The way the camera follows us in slo-mo 
    The way we look to us all 
    The way we look to a distant constellation 
    That’s dying in a corner of the sky 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    And don’t cry baby, don’t cry 
    Don’t cry 

    It was a dry wind 
    And it swept across the desert 
    And it curled into the circle of birth 
    And the dead sand 
    Falling on the children 
    The mothers and the fathers 
    And the automatic earth 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    This is the long distance call 
    The way the camera follows us in slo-mo 
    The way we look to us all 
    The way we look to a distant constellation 
    That’s dying in a corner of the sky 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    And don’t cry baby, don’t cry 
    Don’t cry 

    It’s a turn-around jump shot 
    It’s everybody jump start 
    It’s every generation throws a hero up the pop charts 
    Medicine is magical and magical is art 
    The boy in the bubble 
    And the baby with the baboon heart 


    And I believe 
    These are the days of lasers in the jungle 
    Lasers in the jungle somewhere 
    Staccato signals of constant information 
    A loose affiliation of millionaires 
    And billionaires and baby 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    This is the long distance call 
    The way the camera follows us in slo-mo 
    The way we look to us all 
    The way we look to a distant constellation 
    That’s dying in a corner of the sky 
    These are the days of miracle and wonder 
    And don’t cry baby, don’t cry 
    Don’t cry

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      …a timeless tune from Paul Simon circa 1968 and I believe these are the days of lasers in the jungle lasers in the...
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