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 Oct 26th, 2011 10:35pm 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.
anonymous Oct 17th, 2011 10:58am report
Um. Its about being a drug dealer.
anonymous Feb 15th, 2009 2:18am 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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