Simon & Garfunkel: Keep The Customer Satisfied Meaning
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Keep The Customer Satisfied Lyrics
Home is where I want to be.
I've been on the road so long my friend,
And if you came along
I know you couldn't disagree.
It's the same old story
Everyhwere I go,
I get slandered,
anonymous Jul 18th 2019 report
The lyrics one step ahead of the shoe shine refers to the police it is an old phrase that dates back to immigration of Irish Italians
anonymous Jul 18th 2019 report
One step ahead of the shoe shine is definitely a metaphor for the police because they always have a shine. Shoes that's it folks believe me that's it
anonymous Sep 7th 2018 report
Personally I don't see the song as being about drugs like many do. I see the customer as being us the listeners and that he's trying to keep the customer satisfied. He had big fame so everywhere he went he would get slandered and cursed which is why it says he hears words he never heaRd in the Bible. He's constantly on the road trying to keep the customer satisfied.
anonymous May 9th 2017 report
He's a moonshiner in the hills and backwoods of the Carolinas.
anonymous Oct 26th 2011 report
It has to do with selling liquor (or any service or goods that are illegal). The references such as "shoe shine" and "two steps away from the county line" are from the prohibition era. They refer to making/selling moonshine (or more broadly doing anything illegal) close to a county line so that you could run across the county line to escape the sheriff/law enforcement. Back in those days the county lines were lines of jurisdiction for law enforcement. One step ahead of the shoe shine refers to just barely staying alive - just one step ahead of being killed/rubbed out by either other liquor runners (or mobsters) or even the sheriffs (who were often on the take). All the while the guy is just trying to keep his customers happy with what they want so he gets paid.
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anonymous Feb 15th 2009 report
I'm not sure the entire meaning of this song but I think that one step ahead shoe shine refers to the police and two steps away from the county line refers to constant travel Maybe it has to do with going to different towns trying to promote music, but everywhere he goes he gets slandered, like told its no good, and cursed apparently if he's hearing words he never heard in the bible. The customer I think refers to fans. At first I thought it was maybe about selling pot, and evading the law by getting out of town fast and keeping customers satisfied, after further evaluation I decided that must not be it ha ha :) Its just a great song and always puts me in such a good mood.
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