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Paul Simon — Homeless
Album: Graceland
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 1989









Released: 1986
Length: 3:46
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Emaweni webaba
Silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba siiale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni
Webaba silale maweni

Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
We are homeless, we are homeless
The moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
And we are homeless, homeless, homeless
The moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake

Zio yami, zio yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami amakhaza asengi bulele
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami, angibulele amakhaza
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami somandla angibulele mama
Zio yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami

Too loo loo, too loo loo
Too loo loo loo loo loo loo loo loo loo
Too loo loo, too loo loo
Too loo loo loo loo loo loo loo loo loo

Strong wind destroy our home
Many dead, tonight it could be you
Strong wind, strong wind
Many dead, tonight it could be you

And we are homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake

Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake

Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih

Yitho omanqoba ( ih hih ih hih ih) yitho omanqoba
Esanqoba lonke ilizwe
(ih hih ih hih ih) Yitho omanqoba (ih hih ih hih ih)
Esanqoba phakathi e England
Yitho omanqoha
Esanqoba phakathi e London
Yitho omanqoba
Esanqoba phakathi e England

Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?

Kuluman
Kulumani, Kulumani sizwe
Singenze njani
Baya jabula abasi thanda

Yo Ho
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This is one of the albums that changed the way I listened to music! I think many music lovers have those few pieces that need multiple copies due to constant appreciation and learning
 h8rhater wrote:



Oh, come on. As he indicated, Fred's just being pedantic.

Pedantic:  
means "like a pedant," someone who's too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It's a negative term that implies someone is showing off book learning or trivia, especially in a tiresome way.

Also, this song is indeed great!
 
I've got this one rated at 8, though I noticed that Paul's middle name is "Frederic" so maybe Fred was being too hard on his 'namesake' - LLRP!!
It's not appropriation...it's called creative collaboration. Guess you need to be from NYC to understand true cultural appreciation. 
 beerslayer wrote:
Forget Paul Simon.  This song is about Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Their vocal harmonies are completely amazing.  It's too bad they aren't better known.
 
but they are, now!
This song is rated fairly high - I'm sitting here thinking it's got to get better.  Finally made it to the end and am keeping my original rating of 4.
 drsteevo wrote:

English is a living language, and I am sure your version in England is different than Bluedot's in California.  However, I can assure you that everyone in the US understood what Bluedot meant when they wrote "most clueless comment" — the "clueless" was being used as a synonym for stupid.  So, "clueless" can most certainly be comparative in colloquial English. 

Also, this song is great!

 


Oh, come on. As he indicated, Fred's just being pedantic.

Pedantic:  
means "like a pedant," someone who's too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It's a negative term that implies someone is showing off book learning or trivia, especially in a tiresome way.

Also, this song is indeed great!
 thewiseking wrote:
More cultural appropriation from the Lil fella from Queens. Let's stick to his folk songs with Art.
 
Feel free.  Over there, please, away from the folks who like this just fine.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
What CRAP
 
Alas, so little Kid Rock and Ted Nugent played here.
It must be tough on you.
 beerslayer wrote:
Forget Paul Simon.  This song is about Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Their vocal harmonies are completely amazing.  It's too bad they aren't better known.
 

Indeed. But if it weren't for Paul Simon, it's possible you may never have heard this. That can't be bad. (Not that you said it was.)
More cultural appropriation from the Lil fella from Queens. Let's stick to his folk songs with Art.
Oh...  perfect for the start of the day!!  What a great album!
Forget Paul Simon.  This song is about Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Their vocal harmonies are completely amazing.  It's too bad they aren't better known.
 maboleth wrote:
Utter trash.
 
You and sfyi should run off together; I'm sure you'd be very happy.
Utter trash.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
What CRAP

 
Your clever use of bolding almost convinced me.  But no.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
What CRAP

 
Your detailed and eloquent critique speaks volumes of your intellect.
 Springbok84 wrote:

Yes a very talented group!

Very lucky if you get to see them live. Their drumming is fantastic and they utilize lovely harmonics  

 
Ladysmith Black Mambazo still tours regularly, and performed this song when I saw them in January in Berkeley, although this year the cost of tickets increased dramatically due to the rand against the dollar (but they still sold out the venue, at $55-60 a ticket). Fortunately, having met Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa in 2002, we were on the guest list for their show and went backstage after the show also.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
What CRAP

 
Is one of my favorite albums of all time.  It works from beginning to end.  Makes me very happy.  
Was fortunate to catch the 'Graceland' tour years ago. Paul's interaction with all the other performers was remarkable - he was 'just another' musician in the group. The amazing Hugh Masekela (RIP) also featured.
Ok, I really like this album but I still think he's a jerk and needs a testosterone shot.
What CRAP
A parting of the clouds of crap 80s music when this album came out. What a great thing it was/is.
I just don't get this guy :^ /
 Springbok84 wrote:

Yes a very talented group!

Very lucky if you get to see them live. Their drumming is fantastic and they utilize lovely harmonics  
 
Indeed. I saw Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on tour. They were incredible together.
 Windsprite wrote:
 If you love this music, check out Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who, if I am not mistaken, is singing here, with a little help from Paul.

 
Yes a very talented group!

Very lucky if you get to see them live. Their drumming is fantastic and they utilize lovely harmonics  
 If you love this music, check out Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who, if I am not mistaken, is singing here, with a little help from Paul.
Was lucky to see the making of this album on a special, a long time ago. These beautiful voices are also wonderful people.
 Carrizito wrote:
What I wonder: does Paul Simon have another one like this or Rhythm of Saints in him ?

 
Only if he happens to hear anything else worth nicking.  I'm a fan but they do say if you see Paul Simon around you should lock up your beats.
 Derecho wrote:
I'm quite certain I hear a Scooby-Doo ghost in there in places.

 
I hear those ghosts all the time; I eventually stopped listening to them.
ghost
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Just learned that Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Billings, Montana in a few months. I think we'll have to make plans.

 
How was the concert? 
Pure magic to my ears

 
beautiful voices as instruments that carry my spirit high and full of joy each time I hear this fabulous song, pure joy : )
This song, this whole album fits perfectly in times when we are searching for answers. It makes me happy, sad and hopefull
Another one of those songs that is great on its own, but even better as part of a greater album.
 Lazarus wrote:

great song from one of the top ten albums of all time...
 

 
Awww, memories of 1986 summertime :-)

a solid 9!
 Lazarus wrote:

great song from one of the top ten albums of all time...
 

 
Yes  : )
What I wonder: does Paul Simon have another one like this or Rhythm of Saints in him ?
Conjunction Junction what's you're function?
 
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
I gave it a 10 but really, you have to do that for the entire album.

 I agree; Few albums can match the writing and production of this one.  {#Clap} 


I didn't know Scooby Doo had passed.  How did he die?  And where can I send flowers?

{#Roflol} 

Derecho wrote:
I'm quite certain I hear a Scooby-Doo ghost in there in places.

 


fabulous album, bet it was cool recording it
Just learned that Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Billings, Montana in a few months. I think we'll have to make plans.
One of the most talented artists of the 20th century
Wow. The photos in the slideshow completely changed the song for me... Damn I feel bad. 
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this marvelous song, and the profound album...
I gave it a 10 but really, you have to do that for the entire album.
I'm quite certain I hear a Scooby-Doo ghost in there in places.
I listen and read this Great music and its so soothing, and beautiful, true, it could be me next time, so I need to remember my love
Peace People! 
 oldfart48 wrote:

they are the song....{#Dance}

 
prob why i like this one
 Hn wrote:
Not much credit here to the group that really makes the song sound so excellent: Ladysmith Black Mambazo{#Think}

 
they are the song....{#Dance}
Dropped from 5 to a 4.  Just keep playing it, and it will soon be a big fat ZERO!  {#Ass}

great song from one of the top ten albums of all time...
 
sehr schönes Album 
Not much credit here to the group that really makes the song sound so excellent: Ladysmith Black Mambazo{#Think}
 jonno_norton wrote:
One of the greatest albums of all times. Not anything spectacular by today's standards; we import sounds from all over the world and disguise them as American classics. But you have to give Paul Simon credit for doing it so well, and not being afraid to admit it up front instead of plagiarizing the cultures he borrowed from in creating this album. And the song writing is amazing too. 

 
I absolutely agree! Quite a story behind this album and it's significance in the world of music can't be overstated. 
A true spiritual song
One of the greatest albums of all times. Not anything spectacular by today's standards; we import sounds from all over the world and disguise them as American classics. But you have to give Paul Simon credit for doing it so well, and not being afraid to admit it up front instead of plagiarizing the cultures he borrowed from in creating this album. And the song writing is amazing too. 
Everybody in my rehab group loves this song!
best album by paul simon listen to vocalsj
Better live...

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 ch83575 wrote:
Graceland haters?  Seriously?

This is one of the greatest albums of all time, at least in my book.  The whole thing is perfect, simply perfect.
 
I couldn't agree more. Absolutely amazing album with some absolutely amazing artists. 
ughh
Graceland haters?  Seriously?

This is one of the greatest albums of all time, at least in my book.  The whole thing is perfect, simply perfect.
I wish he'd shut up and let Ladysmith sing.
Excellent album! Great song. Thanks for the good vibes and the well chosen music- everyday! Greets from France!
a solid 5 {#No}
This was really good on the speaker  of my new (to me)1965 Austin A55. That car is now history - not a bad place to leave PS.
 Byronape wrote:
 
I get what he's saying, but us Americans have taken over the Queen's English and made our own bastardized language.  And since we are also lazy, improper usage starts to gain ground and become accepted.  

 

Not true.
 Byronape wrote:



On a side note, I'm going to start using the expression "the mutt's nuts".  That's just awesome for a mental child like myself.

 
 
I've also heard "the dog's underplums" used too, if you're seeking a little more canine testicular variety in your compliments.
 fredriley wrote:

A pedant writes: 'clueless' can't be comparative. You either have clues, or you don't, and if you don't you can't be more or less clueless than someone else. 

I can't be doing with Paul Simon's 'homages' (aka appropriations/rip-offs) of African music. Keep the Africans, ditch PS, IMO. But what the hey, others think he's the dog's bollox so wtf do I know? Other than to hit mute when he starts warbling. 
 
Cynaera wrote:

fredriley, I tried to slog through that miasma of incomprehensible garble - I really did! But I don't understand what you were trying to say.  I'm guessing you didn't like the song.

Please dumb it down for me, okay? I'm not college-educated.

 

Fred's making a grammar argument that the word "clueless" was used incorrectly when being used to compare things.  I get what he's saying, but us Americans have taken over the Queen's English and made our own bastardized language.  And since we are also lazy, improper usage starts to gain ground and become accepted.  

He's also saying that he doesn't think Paul Simon should be doing anything with African music.  He's suggesting that we exchange real music making Africans for Paul Simon and let Paul jump into the next lions mouth.  

The next sentence is saying basically that others think he's great.   Also, the expression "dog's bollox" (aka the mutt's nuts) is actually commonly used as a positive thing (thanks for the previous correction Fred) despite it's actual content.  

For an interesting read regarding the expression...

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/dog's%20bollocks.html

On a side note, I'm going to start using the expression "the mutt's nuts".  That's just awesome for a mental child like myself.

 


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring day...  from a truly great album...

 


marvelous...  love it...  love this album...

 
If I ever hear this again, it will be too soon.


love this song...  love this whole album...
 
Please delete this song from playlist!

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 fredriley wrote:
A pedant writes: 'clueless' can't be comparative. You either have clues, or you don't, and if you don't you can't be more or less clueless than someone else.
 
English is a living language, and I am sure your version in England is different than Bluedot's in California.  However, I can assure you that everyone in the US understood what Bluedot meant when they wrote "most clueless comment" — the "clueless" was being used as a synonym for stupid.  So, "clueless" can most certainly be comparative in colloquial English. 

Also, this song is great!


I'll dance to this...

 
OMELET, omelet    to see onions      hum i'm hungry !
2 lim 1

nap
 SaintPeter wrote:
This song needs to go.
 
Where to?

 fredriley wrote:

A pedant writes: 'clueless' can't be comparative. You either have clues, or you don't, and if you don't you can't be more or less clueless than someone else.

I can't be doing with Paul Simon's 'homages' (aka appropriations/rip-offs) of African music. Keep the Africans, ditch PS, IMO. But what the hey, others think he's the dog's bollox so wtf do I know? Other than to hit mute when he starts warbling.
 
fredriley, I tried to slog through that miasma of incomprehensible garble - I really did! But I don't understand what you were trying to say.  I'm guessing you didn't like the song.

Please dumb it down for me, okay? I'm not college-educated.

This song needs to go.
I hear you!

 
rubenbeagle wrote:
With apologies to all the PS fans out there, this is just plain annoying.{#Arghhh}
 

This is magnificent.  We saw Ladysmith perform it live just last month.  That was a show I smiled through from start to finish!
I love this song. 
I there are angels this is what they would sound like. If there are no angels I'm quite pleased we can sound like this.
What can I say? I dislike most Paul Simon music, including much of the early stuff I used to love, but I think this is a very good album.  Go figure.
power yawn
With apologies to all the PS fans out there, this is just plain annoying.{#Arghhh}


 bluedot wrote:

If RP had awards, this post would definitely be in the running for "Most Clueless Comment."

 
A pedant writes: 'clueless' can't be comparative. You either have clues, or you don't, and if you don't you can't be more or less clueless than someone else.

I can't be doing with Paul Simon's 'homages' (aka appropriations/rip-offs) of African music. Keep the Africans, ditch PS, IMO. But what the hey, others think he's the dog's bollox so wtf do I know? Other than to hit mute when he starts warbling.


Come to think of it, Graceland was the first musical gift my kid brother ever gave me. I'm sure that's one reason it means so much to me.
 Martino wrote:
I wish paul simon was homeless or at least without the opportunity to record music
 
If RP had awards, this post would definitely be in the running for "Most Clueless Comment."

 jools wrote:

If it wasn't for the "white dude" who actually has his own significant place in music history - you probably wouldn't have even heard of LBM. Learn some  history please!!!

 
I have more authentic African music in my personal library than you have probably ever heard of.{#Whisper} While I am learning my history, perhaps you should know what you are talking about to an individual before making such incredibly off base assumptions.{#Shhh}

BTW: I don't even particularly like LBM, but prefer their version over Simon's.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I didn't even know Simon did this tune; I have only heard the version sung by Lady Smith without Simon. Hmmm. not bad though I prefer it without the white dude.{#Wink}
 
If it wasn't for the "white dude" who actually has his own significant place in music history - you probably wouldn't have even heard of LBM. Learn some  history please!!!

I didn't even know Simon did this tune; I have only heard the version sung by Lady Smith without Simon. Hmmm. not bad though I prefer it without the white dude.{#Wink}

click pic for LBM's other big hit

 Martino wrote:
I wish paul simon was homeless or at least without the opportunity to record music
 
Sometimes, in a weird way, a comment can be funny because it's so abjectly mean.  This qualified.

 Fredrikson wrote:
ugh.
 

Sorry you don't like this. I think it is sublime - lovely poetry, beautiful music... it grips me.
ugh.
I wish paul simon was homeless or at least without the opportunity to record music


A magnificent song from a profound album...


Everything about this is delicious.  Thanks to all of you who wrote about how this album affected you when you were young. I was a bit older but still - Graceland was and still is a knockout.  Thanks, Paul!
 RadioDoc wrote:
Just a suggestion then, it's probably not a good idea to spam your work across 150+ posts on any message board.
 

Thanks, Doc.




Ladysmith Black Mambazo - "Homeless" Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp3pPFjH_Sg



 RadioDoc wrote:
Just a suggestion then, it's probably not a good idea to spam your work across 150+ posts on any message board.
 
Agreed.

It's a poke with a stick. Childish at best.



love it...


My favorite Ladysmith/Simon collaboration.

Perfection.
manbirdexperiment wrote:

Thanks, that was me.
Just a suggestion then, it's probably not a good idea to spam your work across 150+ posts on any message board.


 leathepea wrote:

Who is the artist who did this? Me likey!!!!!!!!
 
Thanks, that was me.
An amazing, beautiful song. Maybe the best on an an extraordinary album.
{#Sleep}
 Agreed.

It's a poke with a stick. Childish at best.


HarrO wrote:
I am so tired of seeing this post  {#Arrowd}
 

You might want to give some additional thought to what you want to contribute to the universe, what you want your children to learn.. about you, about the world (I'm assuming you don't have any yet)... if this is all you've got, well, you make it hard to "make nice". 
(... love this music, esp. Lady Smith)

 manbirdexperiment wrote: a bit of pictorial terrorism
I am so tired of seeing this post  {#Arrowd}
{#Sleep}