“This, according to Artie, is my most neurotic song. Don’t know whether that’s true or not.” - from the Simon’s own mouth. That’s saying a lot, but I believe Artie is correct. It’s surprising how much angst is buried underneath those pretty harmonies and benign looks. Most of it courtesy of Paulie, the songwriter extraordinaire. Needless to say, it’s a very adolescent sentiment, me against the world and all that. Most of us grow out of having that attitude, some more quickly than others. The ones that don’t presumably grow up to become serial killers and crazy cat ladies. Nothing wrong with adolescent sentiments. I totally thought this was a profound life mission statement when I was fourteen. Yeah, definitely one of those songs a peer-deprived teen can relate to, to the point of tears. Speaking of teens and angst and all that, doesn’t it just beg for a super straight-faced thrash metal cover? It’s like it was meant for Metallica to sing but the gods of song sent it to Paul Simon instead.