Bonedigger and Mr. Beerbelly?

It’s Friday and I’m feeling quirky, so here’s a Paul Simon song with some quirky lyrics. This is the Chevy Chase version, so I hope it puts a smile on your face and a hop and a skip in your step.
A nice kickoff for the weekend, don’t you think?
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Chevy Chase version!
The song lyrics are pretty random, especially the “Bonedigger Bonedigger” part.
Skeletons might get a bit rattled.
“I don’t dig bonediggers even if it is in a cartoon graveyard,
and please get those mutts away from me!”
By the way, who’s Mr. Beerbelly? 
Just call me Ale, mateys. Bottoms up. Arr!

Do you understand the lyrics?

A man walks down the street

He says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore
If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al

A man walks down the street
He says, why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And why are my nights are so long?
Where’s my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who’ll be my role-model?
Now that my role-model is
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along…along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World
Maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
The sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! and Hallelujah!

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

According to Wikipedia, “The names in the song came from an incident at a party that Simon went to with his then-wife Peggy Harper. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was attending the same party, mistakenly referred to Paul as “Al” and to Peggy as “Betty”, inspiring Simon to write a song.“It also states that the lyrics can be interpreted as a man experiencing a midlife crisis. 
Are you a Paul Simon fan? Do you think these lyrics are a wee bit random? I mean, c’mon now, “Scatterlings and orphanages” and “He sees angels in the architecture” and “Spinning in infinity”? 
I have to admit I can relate to “Spinning in infinity.” Yep, totally digging that line! And since I’m such a random being and love random acts of weirdness, I LOVE this song. 
Have a wonderful weekend. By the way, you can call me Betty, if I can call you Al! I’m off to find a bodyguard…
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12 Responses to Bonedigger and Mr. Beerbelly?

  1. Never a big Paul Simon fan, but I remember when that video came out. Chase made the video!

  2. Old Kitty says:

    I just love that it's so darned CATCHY!!!! Yay! Take carex

  3. Bish Denham says:

    I love that video. One of my faves. So funny! How they managed to keep a straight face I'll never know. I wonder how many takes it took?

  4. I love Paul Simon but yes your face says it all Lyn, he went a bit bonkers with these lyrics.

  5. JJ says:

    I am a Paul Simon fan, and I remember seeing him in the '60s, before he was a huge star (without Art). Nice post.

  6. I love that song but I never realised how weird the lyrics were! I guess I just loved the tune!!

  7. These are the most random lyrics I have ever heard! But, I have to admit, they're really fun! Totally Lynn

  8. Haha! Love your quirk, Lynn 🙂 I went through a Paul Simon phase in my early adulthood. Went backpacking for a bit in Queensland, and used to go for a walk through the cane fields with my discman and Paul Simon for company. Just for a bit of random 🙂

  9. I feel like I'm reading a Halloween post here!I remember this video! Too funny!Thanks for the smiles, Lynn.

  10. Alex – Yes, Chevy Chase sure made this video fun!OC – Yes, I think it's a very catchy tune! I've probably played it a dozen times since I added it to my blog!Bish – I know, how did they keep a straight face? Well, Simon did smile at one point! It's cute!Catherine – I love Paul Simon, too. I guess he had a good time writing these lyrics!JJ – How awesome that you saw Paul Simon before he became famous, before he was part of Simon & Garfynkel!Pat – I didn't realize how crazy the lyrics were either until I saw them written out!Stephanie – Glad you had fun with these random lyrics, Stephanie! Yes, you know how well I can relate to them! Haha!Alarna – That's so cool how you walked through cane fields with your diskman playing Paul Simon! I love it!Theresa – Haha! Yes, this would work as a Halloween post!

  11. lynettemburrows says:

    I love the music and the beat and never payed much attention to the lyrics before – guess I should, not paying attention can get one in trouble. LOL I think the lyrics sound like it was a very drunk party. 🙂 I still love the music. What does that make me??

    • Lynette – I know what you mean about paying attention to the lyrics! I think Paul Simon was just having fun with the lyrics and making fun of the lady who called him Al. I’m so bad at remembering names, that’s something I would do, except he’s famous, so that was even more insulting to him! Well, he got a great song out of the incident, and I laugh every time I watch the video! Thanks for commenting!

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