Simon & Garfunkel: My Little Town Meaning
Song Released: 1975
My Little Town Lyrics
anonymous Aug 8th 2020 report
It sounds like it’s about a war town, like maybe Vietnam. There are parallels with the song, of Vietnamese and being impoverished
A soul searching great song by SIMON and Garfunkel about a young traveler who ended up out West or North somewhere and has been yearning for the love of his father and God, who was left behind in his little old town down South somewhere or somewhere overseas. An amazing song where i must admit Jesse Lee Peterson reminded me to think about the song again with peace and contentment in my heart now.
anonymous Dec 1st 2019 report
Is it possible this is a subtle reference to a mass town shooting? "Twitching like a finger
On the trigger of a gun
Leaving nothing but the dead and dying
Back in my little town..."
Man is bored to the point where he snaps. He wants something to happen so he makes it happen.
The final repeated chorus I envision town people running for the life and ducking for cover as the man opens fire.
“My Little Town” will make me cry faster than I can say “Kodachrome”
The child is the subject, and he feels oppressed and conflicted about his small town.
He loved riding his bike without fear of getting run over by cars, yet feels oppressed in a Jesuit school setting.
Poor guy..everything seems black, cheerless and unimaginative.
anonymous Mar 15th 2012 report
There are many nostalgic songs in which singers reflect on their happy childhoods in small towns.
"My Little Town" is the opposite of nostalgic. Much like the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," it's about growing up in a dirty, polluted small town filled with narrow-minded people who have little imagination and no ambition.
The singer reflects back on his childhood, and remembers how he dreamed of growing up and moving far, far away.
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