I don’t know when this was aired, but I would wager a guess it would be the early to mid 1970’s as Paul Simon released ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ in 1972. Either way, I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to get paired with this little dynamo who really shows him up in every way. Her ‘dance dance dance’ song lyrics, her off-beat hand clapping, and the continuous look of childhood wonder and amazement. She’s literally having the time of her life. After seeing this I wonder what she is up to today. She’s probably 50 years old at this point. I’ll probably never know, but I do hope she kept some of that childhood wonder and spirit with her as she aged gracefully into adulthood.
On top of all that, there are so many little things to appreciate in this video…
- At 0:22, you can tell Paul Simon is just loving this girl’s enthusiasm and singing, but he also realizes they are taping a TV segment here and he has to start singing at some point even though this little girl would be happy to go on signing forever and ever.
- At 0:27, he just cuts her off and start the actual lyrics and the look on her face is one of confusion, as if she’s thinking ‘hey, those aren’t the lyrics’.
- At 0:45, she jumps back in with more singing, sensing that the ‘it’s against the law’ portion of the song will be repeated indefinitely. She quickly finds out that is not the case.
- At 1:12, a little boy does what is conceivably the first ‘robot dance’ ever performed on television
- At 1:20, Paul gets into the whistling section and she realizes this is her chance to shine once again! She starts up with an all-new set of lyrics, and Paul just let’s her take it home to the end. At this point he’s realized that going back to the chorus would be futile. She has won. It’s over for Paul. He has conceded victory and will play this girl out.
- And finally, at 1:41, you can see that Paul is totally OK with being upstaged by this little girl. The bemused look on his face tells the entire story.
Check out the video below and you won’t be able to help yourself from smiling.