Music Matters
A Place for Music Fans!
You Can Call Me Al > Questions
You have exceeded the maximum length.
There are no questions.
Lunch Average Rating: +5 (1 rating)
Photos
You Can Call Me Al
About this song

Wiki

"You Can Call Me Al" is a song by Paul Simon, the first single released from his album Graceland. The song originally charted in the U.S. at No. 44 in October, 1986 but it was reissued with greater promotion in March, 1987 and hit No. 23. In the UK it peaked at No. 4, while in Sweden and the Netherlands reached No. 2.

The lyrics can be interpreted as describing a man experiencing a midlife crisis[1] ("Where's my wife and family? What if I die here? Who'll be my role model?").

The song features a bass run performed by Bakithi Kumalo, whose birthday it was on the day of recording the track; the second half of the solo is the first half played backwards.

The names in the song came from an incident at a party that Simon went to with his then-wife Peggy Harper. The host of the party mistakenly called Paul "Al", and Peggy "Betty", inspiring Simon to write a song.[2]

view wiki

Details

Label: Warner Brothers
Release Date: August 9, 1986
Artist: Paul Simon

© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
Music Matters is part of the Lunch.com Network - Get this on your site
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists