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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Afterlife by Paul Simon

by Just Lin







I really enjoy this song and get a kick out of the lyrics. For those of you who can't play music videos, these are the lyrics:

After I died, and the make up had dried, I went back to my place.
No moon that night, but a heavenly light shone on my face.
Still I thought it was odd, there was no sign of God just to usher me in.
Then a voice from above, sugar coated with Love, said, "Let us begin".

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.

OK, a new kid in school, got to follow the rule, you got to learn the routine.
Woah, there's a girl over there, with the sunshiny hair, like a homecomin' queen.
I said, "Hey, what you say? It's a glorious day, by the way how long you been dead?"
Maybe you, maybe me, maybe baby makes three, but she just shook her head...

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.

Buddha and Moses and all the noses from narrow to flat,
Had to stand in the line, just to glimpse the divine, what you think about that?
Well it seems like our fate to suffer and wait for the knowledge we seek.
It's all his design, no one cuts in the line, no one here likes a sneak

You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.
You got to fill out a form first, and then you wait in the line.

After you climb, up the ladder of time, the Lord God is here.
Face to face, in the vastness of space, your words disappear.
And you feel like swimming in an ocean of love, and the current is strong.
But all that remains when you try to explain is a fragment of song...
Lord is it, Be Bop A Lu La or Ooh Poppa Do
Lord, Be Bop A Lu La or Ooh Poppa Do
Be Bop A Lu La

47 comments:

Tina~in_ut said...

Good Moaning~

Tina~in_ut said...

J/L~ that is cute~ I love the lyrics......thanks for sending it in~

I've been sitting here laughing and being horrified this morning! My mom found a box of stuff from my senior year of high school/first year of college and it included a bunch of letters from my first boyfriend! O M G ! ! ! Janice is working with me today and I'm pretty sure she wants to smack me!!!~

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Smack her Janice! Smack her!

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Cute song Just Lin!

Tina~in_ut said...

Shit Shirley!!!!!! U have us both laughing hysterically!!!!!!!!!~

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

But the question remains...did she smack you?

Jodi said...

Good moaning TINA....are you moaning because of what your Mom found?!!? You never know what you're gonna find, but I'm gonna save that tidbit for a blog ;)

SHIRLEY!!! Good morning from Wisconsin. I've got a cup of coffee for you....2 milk, 1 sugar ♥

JANICE - Lick her for me....she LOOOOOOOOOOVES that ;)

Jodi said...

SLIN - Loved the song!! Kinda sets the tone for the day. I HAVE to get the thank you's done today!!

Jodi said...

MICHAEL - Thank you for the "chat" last night. I didn't realize how long it was til I hung up the phone. Always a pleasure...muah ♥

Tinka said...

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Tinka said...

Good Morning from the forests of the Pacific North West. What a glorious morning! It is the first time I can sit out on the deck with my computer. It's like the middle of summer. We changed seasons in one day. I haven't listened to the video yet as I am enthralled by the songs of the birds. I will in a few minutes however.

Tinka said...

Good Morning Tina, Shirley and Jodi. Happy Sunday to you.

Tinka said...

Tina - I love going through boxes of high school memories. Every few years I go through my memory box. I saved so much stuff. We use to "doodle" on the dividers in our binders, writing names of who was going steady and with whom. There are some girls' names with about ten boys' names under them, each one scratched out except the last one. Those were fun days.
In grade 12 we all wrote letters to ourselves with predictions of what our lives would be like when we were 40. They weren't to be opened until our 40th birthday. That seemed so far
away. Yes Jodi that topic could be a blog.

Tinka said...

Shirley - Wasn't that game good last night? We won in eleven seconds into Overtime. Anyone late getting back to their seats during intermission would have missed it. We have now won the first two games and the next game will be in Boston. There were 50,000 people on Main Street in Vancouver watching the game on huge screens. I think we just might win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

Tinka said...

Jodi - Isn't it hard getting to the thank you notes? It's also hard reading all the cards again.
Sending you hugs this morning.

Breakfast is calling me so I will be back later to hear the song. It sounds interesting.

Tinka said...

Just_Lin - I just listened to the song and enjoyed it very much. I have never heard it before. Thanks for Sunday morning reminder that there is indeed a Heaven waiting for us. My church today is being in the middle of a cathedral of trees. I think it's about as close to Heaven as you can get.

whabbear said...

Tinka: Do you believe? Go, Canucks!!!!

Tina: My Mom had a diary in high school, but she burnt it a long time ago! LOL!

Michael said...

Good morning Ladies and germs...

Ditto Jodi! The world was a safer place by the time we got off the phone...except for 2 people that I can think of right off hand!! lol

Love Paul Simon...good one J/L!

Speaking of heaven... I had a friend actually die on the operating table once and while she was dead she...

1. Saw the bright light
2. Floated up and saw her carcass on the table.
3. Was greeted by people who thought she was someone they knew...turns out NOT....that broke up pretty fast...
4. Her form was already filled out because she bought the "EXPRESS" package deal thru her funeral home so she went straight to hair...make-up and wardrobe...and thats when she woke up....when she saw that all the costumes were white!! See...shes a "Autumn"...

But the doctors brought her back! Having gone that long without oxygen to the brain she had some...well ok...lots of brain damage....but all you really noticed now is some pretty awesome eye and face twitches and one of her legs tap dances constantly....and she does that NBC "Boom bomb bing" little 3 note trademark sound from the Carson days....

Michael said...

I just watch "Kanye's" monster video....first time I have ever paid any attention to him...

what crap! He is in bed with two corpses singing about what a bad mutha-fuckin nigga he is....

It is revolting...2 dead white girls....

I don't get it...don't want to....I hope his tongue gets VD and rots off so he will be silent!

Just_Lin said...

Tina Lovely to see you moaning today. Btw, since this vid does NOT show the lyrics like the first vid I sent that couldn't be embedded, I did rewrite the first sentence or two but I guess you missed that. Thanks for posting it, though. : )

Just_Lin said...

I'm glad you are enjoying a little Paul this morning. He does write some interesting lyrics.

Just_Lin said...

I need more coffee.

Just_Lin said...

Shirley LOL Yes, Janice. Smack her!

Just_Lin said...

HOdi I'll be thinking of you today and sending (((HUGS))).

Just_Lin said...

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Tina~in_ut said...

Bear~ I thought all the letters were burned!!!! yikes~

J/L~ whachoo talkin' 'bout?~

AND JANICE DID NOT SMACK ME!!!! (she asked me, "Did you tell them I'm too scared to smack you?!" :)~

Just_Lin said...

Tinka Your post reminded me of when my art teacher rolled out a large portable chalk board and started listing, in chronological order, all the boys I had gone steady with. He called it "Lady Petion's Lovers". Some names appeared more than once. LOL It was embarrassing but funny, too. The man loved gossip and the social scene.

Just_Lin said...

Tina I just re-sent it to your work email addy. You will see that I had changed the text since the lyrics were not in this second choice of vid.

Just_Lin said...

Bear That reminds me of some letters I have from my husband that I wouldn't want anyone to see. Got a match?

Just_Lin said...

Michael ROFLMAO @ the tap dancing leg and the NBC chimes. How do you come up with this stuff?

Michael said...

Its a gift....I don't question it...

But it has been said that the greatest comedy comes from the greatest pain.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi4DsIveSCI&feature=related

Tina~in_ut said...

lol.....J/L~ I'm not at werk anymore~ but I still don't get it....the blog looks fine to me~

Tinka said...

Whabbear - Yes I believe and
Go Canucks. They are going to do it in less than 7 games.

Tinka said...

Michael - What kind of video were you watching? It sounds awful.
There are lots of books outlining "out of body" experiences when everyone thinks the person is dead. I must read one some day.

Tinka said...

Just_Lin - I don't think I would like to have a teacher do that. It would be embarrassing. Of course the nuns did not think we had boy friends. We were all so innocent in their eyes. I guess we were when you hear what teenagers are doing today.

Tinka said...

Tina - Are you sure you didn't smack her?

Tinka said...

My grandson Thomas who I cradled what seems like such a short time ago, turned 16 two days ago. We are heading home to celebrate his birthday and my daughter and son-in-law's 20th Wedding Anniversary. Back to civilization.
See you all tomorrow.

Tina~in_ut said...

Tinka~ lol...NO ONE smacks Janice~ she is Ja-Nice~ you don't smack Nice~

Just_Lin said...

My mother is 83, has emphysema, and now has lung cancer which has spread to her adrenal glands and liver. Yet, according to our phone conversation last night, she seems to believe that she still has options. That she will do whatever treatment is needed, although she is worried about losing her hair. The way things sounded to my brother when he attended her doctor appt with her is that the only thing being recommended at this point is palliative care. This makes sense to me, although it isn't what I wanted to hear. I do not want to burst her bubble, certainly not by phone, but I did have a good cry after we hung up. I really don't think she gets what her situation is. Perhaps this is part of the denial phase. Her first appt with the palliative care doctor is on the 14th and I will be there for that as will my brother. Maybe things will be clarified then.

iteach said...

Paul Simon is a genius.

iteach said...

Oh, J/L your post just made me want to cry with you. You and your brother are such wonderful blessings for your mother.

Jodi said...
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Jodi said...

SLIN - I'm glad you and your brother will be at that appt. Hopefully the doctor will be able to help her see that her choices are limited to being kept comfortable. Call me anytime....luv u ♥

Jodi said...

Good night HOoters. It's been a long emotional day. I finally got all the thank you's done. All I need to do is do return address labels and mail them out tomorrow.

Just_Lin said...

iteach It's all so difficult.

Just_Lin said...

HOdi Big (((HUGS))).

Tina~in_ut said...

Oh J/L~ I so feel for you....ur family is in my prayers~ On the 16th, we'll all be down in SoCal too. My mil is having surgery. ugh!~