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“Wonder What’s Gone Wrong . . .”

From “American Tune” by Paul Simon

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. . . And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered

I don’t have a friend who feels at ease

I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered

or driven to its knees

but it’s all right, it’s all right

for we lived so well so long

Still, when I think of the

road we’re traveling on

I wonder what’s gone wrong . . .

.  .  .  .

And I dreamed I was flying

And high up above my eyes could clearly see

The Statue of Liberty

Sailing away to sea

And I dreamed I was crying . . .

.  .  .  .

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower

We come on the ship that sailed the moon

We come in the age’s most uncertain hours

and sing an American tune . . .

—from There Goes Rhymin’ Simon [2] (1973)

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Photograph by Janet Cameron

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