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What were Me and Julio doing down by the schoolyard?

Updated on July 13, 2012

What were Me and Julio doing down by the schoolyard?

It was against the law. That much we know. But, what exactly were Me and Julio doing down by the schoolyard. Were we fighting, protesting, kissing? It had to be something considerable to cause Mama to go to the police, a radical priest to get involved, and must have been significant to make the cover of Newsweek.

What do you think Me and Julio were doing? What's your theory?

Stephen Colbert Questioned Paul Simon

On a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert interviewed Paul Simon, making a point to ask about exactly what Julio was doing down my the schoolyard. Paul's response, "I would never tell".

Watch the video here

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Lyrics to Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Title: Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Written By: Paul Simon

Year: 1971

Original Album: Paul Simon

LYRICS:

The mama pajama rolled out of bed

And she ran to the police station

When the papa found out he began to shout

And he started the investigation

It's against the law

It was against the law

What the mama saw

It was against the law

The mama looked down and spit on the ground

Every time my name gets mentioned

The papa said oy if I get that boy

I'm gonna stick him in the house of detention

Well I'm on my way

I don't know where I'm going

I'm on my way I'm taking my time

But I don't know where

Goodbye to Rosie the queen of Corona

Seeing me and Julio

Down by the schoolyard

See you, me and Julio

Down by the schoolyard

In a couple of days they come and

Take me away

But the press let the story leak

And when the radical priest

Come to get me released

We was all on the cover of Newsweek

And I'm on my way

I don't know where I'm going

I'm on my way I'm taking my time

But I don't know where

Goodbye to Rosie the queen of Corona

See you, me and Julio

Down by the schoolyard

See you, me and Julio

Down by the schoolyard

See you, me and Julio

Down by the schoolyard

Album: Paul Simon - By: Paul Simon

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

This is Paul Simon's first album without Art Garfunkel. This remastered version features both the album version and the demo version of Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.

The eclectic musicians on this cd give a hint to how Simon's solo career will go with a group of great songs.

 

Do you think this song is about homosexuality? - (Rude comments will be removed. Keep it clean and polite)

Do you think this song is about homosexuality?

Yes.

Yes.

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    • Brian 2 years ago

      Yes. I used to think it couls be about weed when I was younger. But even though older people don't agree with it, would it cause the mama to "spit on the ground"? I doubt it.

      No, it sounds like a gayboy meet up. Even Rosie, the "queen" of Corona sounds a bit like an obvious euphemism for a transvestite.

      I'm not claiming that I can prove any of this. It's purely my opinion, of course. I could be wrong.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yeah

    • CozyKitty 6 years ago

      I don't really care what it's about; it's a fantastic song and Paul Simon is an amazing artist. Who can resist singing along and dancing every time the song "gets mentioned?!"

      ;-)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yes, and they were smoking pot.

    No.

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I don't think it was selling pot. I think it was just smoking it. Julio was his friend and they were just hanging around the schoolyard passing a J.

      • FloridaDino 5 years ago

        Definitely about dealing a bit of pot...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        naah. Papa started an investigation. And it made Newsweek. Had to be a serious matter.. I'm guessing they were doing something political, maybe burning a flag.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        It's about masturbation...Julio is his one eyed trouser snake..>Rosie is his palm....

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        No, it's not about homosexuality, it's about pot. Rosie is his supplier, the one singing the song was selling it, "Julio" used to be code for pot back in the late '60s early '70s. What mama saw was him selling pot, Rosie is the "Queen of Corona" (a neighborhood in Queens, NYC) because she's the local kingpin. Goodbye Rosie because he thought he was going to prison for dealing pot. The radical priest came to get him released because there's no legitimate reason in the slightest why pot should be illegal. Not that anyone should be selling it in a schoolyard but it shouldn't be against the law to possess it or sell it. It's a plant for crying out loud. The reason why Simon has been so dodgy about its meaning is obvious: Regardless of how ludicrous it is that pot is illegal, it still is and plenty of old fart mamas and papas who go to church every Sunday are convinced it's from the devil and wouldn't let their kids buy his records if he came out and admitted "Yeah, it's about a pot deal". It's really pretty straightforward when you think about it.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i think it's a thre way sex

      • worldbuilder lm 7 years ago

        Not really, I always wondered, but I don't think that was it. I guess we'll learn that the same day we find out if You're So Vain is really about Warren Beatty!

      • Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

        So many things went on in school yards...

      • Not-Pop 8 years ago

        Nah. I think they were tokin' up and got busted. The radical priest wanted to make pot legal. :P

      Sesame Street?

      Paul Simon sings Me and Julio with a little girl on Sesame Street. This is a fun, albeit awkward, rendition where the little girl makes up her own lyrics.

      (Personally I think Paul should have just let her sing the whole thing)

      Do you have any thoughts on what this song means? What were they doing? Does it even matter what they were doing? Toward the end of the song, were we with him and Julio down by the schoolyard?

      Me and Julio Comments - Guestbook

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          Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I always liked that clip from Sesame Street!

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          FloridaDino 5 years ago

          Good idea for a lens, enjoyed it.

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          emmakeynes 5 years ago

          I don't really care what it's about - I just love this song! Cool lens, though.

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          That song was just right this afternoon for my mood. I must say that it seems like an odd song to have visited Sesame Street with...

          Brenda

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          GoodInfo LM 8 years ago

          Aww..... I tried to load the video and it's linked to an error message saying it's no longer available. This is a fun and original lens, nonetheless. As for what Julio et al were doing down by the schoolyard, I always believed Paul Simon himself had no clue - the fun for him was most likely in instigating the guessing! Five Stars!

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