What does My Little Town mean?

Simon & Garfunkel: My Little Town Meaning

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Song Released: 1975


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  1. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2023 !⃝

    This song is an about a man reminiscing about his childhood in a small town. He saved his money and success never really materialized for him. He ends of thinking he never meant nothing, he’s just his father’s son.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2023 !⃝

    It’s a little boy, that has great parents definitely a great working mom. In this little town they teach him how life really is and about God and work and saving money! Also there is sadness in him. But all good!! And yeah there is death and dying people just like any other town. Very nostalgic song it touched my heart!! And somewhat reminds me of my child hood.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2023 !⃝

    As a child he grew up in a steel town
    The factory was a steel mill
    The air was very dirty
    A lot of death and dying in steel towns

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 22nd 2022 !⃝

    Pollution causing demise. Black smoke…cancer…death. Dying. I draw parallels between this lyrical town and where I grew up. Siren song in support of cleaning our environment and being more in tune with a natural existence.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2020 !⃝

    It sounds like it’s about a war town, like maybe Vietnam. There are parallels with the song, of Vietnamese and being impoverished

  6. kooljohn176
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    Jul 23rd 2020 !⃝

    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.

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 1st 2019 !⃝

    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.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  8. Catherine1472
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    Jun 19th 2019 !⃝

    Sad...
    “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.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2012 !⃝

    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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