What does The Boy in the Bubble mean?

Paul Simon: The Boy in the Bubble Meaning

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The Boy in the Bubble Lyrics

The Boy in the Bubble Lyrics

It was a slow day,
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road,
There was a bright light,
A shattering of shop windows
The bomb in the baby carriage
Was wired to the radio,
These are the days of...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 8th 2011 !⃝

    It's a comment of how we SEEM to have progressed...but haven't.
    Lasers (technology, the new "us") in the Jungle (brutal nature, the old "us").
    For all our scientific advancements, Paul says, we're not really much better off than we ever were. He seems to blame this on the fact that the powers that be (the rich and influential) will always focus on our destructive abilities and never on our creative possibilities.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 24th 2019 !⃝

    Has anyone seen the boy in the plastic bubble. DUH

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2018 !⃝

    I know how this kid feels.

  4. Peter Johansson
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    Jun 10th 2012 !⃝

    Does anyone (else) see a connection between the lyrics of Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble" and Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Star"? Specifically, "... the way we look to a distant constellation that is dying in a corner of the sky ..."

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2011 !⃝

    This song means sex.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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