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Paul Simon — The Afterlife
Album: So Beautiful or So What
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6.4

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Total ratings: 357









Released: 2011
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
After I died, and the makeup had dried, I went back to my place
No moon that night, but a heavenly light shone on my face
Still I thought it was odd, there was no sign of God just to usher me in
Then a voice from above, sugar coated with Love, said, "Let us begin."

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line

OK, a new kid in school, got to follow the rule, you got to learn the routine
Woah, there's a girl over there, with the sunshiny hair, like a homecoming queen
I said, "Hey, what you say? It's a glorious day, by the way how long you been dead?"
Maybe you, maybe me, maybe baby makes three, but she just shook her head...

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line

Buddah and Moses and all the noses from narrow to flat
Had to stand in the line, just to glimpse the divine, what you think about that?
Well, it seems like our fate to suffer and wait for the knowledge we seek
It's all his design, no one cuts in the line, no one here likes a sneak

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line

After you climb, up the ladder of time, the Lord God is here
Face to face, in the vastness of space, your words disappear
And you feel like swimming in an ocean of love, and the current is strong
But all that remains when you try to explain is a fragment of song...
Lord is it, be bop a lu la or ooh poppa do
Lord, be bop a lu la or ooh poppa do
Be bop a lu la
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now those are great lyrics
Only yesterday I found out that Mr Simon who I will be seeing for the first time ever in a couple of weeks is going to play the album Graceland from cover to cover.  I simply don't remember being this excited.  Then as if that wasn't enough Alisson Krauss and Union Station have Jerry "the man of constant sorrows" Douglas with them for Mr Simon's warm up.  I had to take my pants off with a spatula I was so excited. 
Quick glimpse to see who this was I thought I read After the Fire.  Ouch...Time to go back to work.... 
Man, I think Paul has truly become a dog that's lost his bite.  I really think this last album is weak - I've been tempted to "sucko-barfo more than just this track.

Come on Paul clever up!!!  I still believe in you.
Paul's got a Woody Allen themn going on
{#Jump} its going to the beat!


Surprisingly annoying.
 romeotuma wrote:

Hope Paul Simon's next album is better...  he set standards too high for himself with all his magnificent previous albums...
 
Goodness gracious, romeotuma! Are you feeling a bit under the weather today? This is the first negative comment I have ever seen you write. Hope you feel better soon.
For the record, I like this album a lot.
pax 
Great tune from an excellent album.  A bit shocked by the average rating for this tune?
This album made a very long trip to the PRC bearable.  Thanks for playing it.
Finally heard all the lyrics tonight - hilarious riff on this subject! Love it, Paul's got the perfect sardonic touch.
The instruments, sound & production value here are a lot better than the actual song or Paul's singing...

Love this album.  He's still got it.
I like this album a good deal and he was on sparkling form when he played here in Tel Aviv last month. He seemed to be enjoying his band and the scorching evening heat. Not bad for a man in his 70s.

Hope Paul Simon's next album is better...  he set standards too high for himself with all his magnificent previous albums...
And here I thought Vampire Weekend had some new Paul Simonish stuff up again. Huh.
..bull
This one is quickly getting old.  {#Yawn}
Lord is it Be Bop A Lu La or Ooh Poppa Do* ?

*I think this is a lyric transcription error, and should be Ooh Poo Pah Doo
 WonderLizard wrote:

Paul Simon and Woody Allen meet up in Midtown and compare notes...
 
...in a bar, where they run into a pirate, who is drinking beers with Franz Kafka and an Irish-Catholic priest.

 handyrae wrote:
I like it, but I'd like it more if it weren't so darned perfectly polished. 
 

That's Paul's way. 

Actually, this is quite catchy. Maybe not groundbreaking but I love the rhythm and electric guitar work.  
 
Right - so live it up while you're here

vandal wrote:

I had not envisioned the afterlife as being quite so pedestrian and boring. . . 
 
 


 Dgradeworkunit wrote:
I had not envisioned the afterlife as being quite so... umm... bureaucratic. 
 
I had not envisioned the afterlife as being quite so pedestrian and boring. . . 
 
So the afterlife is a lot like this life, then. Perfect.
I had not envisioned the afterlife as being quite so... umm... bureaucratic. 
 scrubbrush wrote:
So this is the new album!!! excellent.

the lyrics speak to me: "you gotta fill out a form first, and then you wait in line"
 
Paul Simon and Woody Allen meet up in Midtown and compare notes.


I like it, but I'd like it more if it weren't so darned perfectly polished. 

. . . just heard this 4 days ago and its as lame today as it was then. . . 
 
thanks for sharing that insight lol  black321 wrote:
never really been a fan. 
 


lame
 jayoung1000 wrote:
When you get around 70 you'll know. rp1125 wrote:
how can sound so good on record and so god awful live?
 
 
:shrug: Age has nothing necessarily to do with it.  George Winston knocked my socks off (and his own! :)) in concert last year with material he wrote thirty years ago.

Digging this.
 rdo wrote:
It sounds a bit like he is imitating his great imitators Vampire Weekend.
 
Good observation

What GREAT lyrics - never thought about it like that.

I look foward to April 12 - the NEW ALBUM


I've just got to bust a puff with this dude some day...
This song is really growing on me...nice one, Paul!
Isn't this song really "Land of a Thousand Dances"? Only slower and not exciting.

never really been a fan. 
It sounds a bit like he is imitating his great imitators Vampire Weekend.
*yawn*, next song please!
New album from Paul and 2 new from Edie in 2011. Bout' time...
I have a feeling that the knowledgeable musicians out there would say this is pretty formulaic, but I really like it!  Real foot tapper.

And who can't relate to 'you gotta fill out a form first and then stand in line'?
Yeah!!!  Paul's back

Good to see something new.

{#Smile}


I have serious problems with him, but he makes some very cool music, I think
I love this!
When you get around 70 you'll know. rp1125 wrote:
how can sound so good on record and so god awful live?
 


Nothing new or different from PS here.

Sounds like something left over from one his more recent earlier albums.{#Yawn}
So this is the new album!!! excellent.

the lyrics speak to me: "you gotta fill out a form first, and then you wait in line"
Great feel .. but you wouldn't expect any less from Mr. Simon. I do miss the amazing
harmonies he and Art put down. (so long long ago)

how can sound so good on record and so god awful live?
Agreed. Me likey. haljordan wrote:
Hooray!  New Paul Simon!
 


didn't think I recognized this song.

Hooray!  New Paul Simon!