Label: CBS - S 69007 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Pop Rock
It was the second single from his second self-titled studio albumreleased on Columbia Records. The song is about two boys "Me and Julio" who have broken a law, although the exact law that has been broken is not stated in the song. When "the mama pajama" finds out what they have done, she goes to the police station to report the crime. The individuals are later arrested, but released when a "radical priest" intervenes. The meaning and references in the song have long provoked debate.
The whole world wants to know. Something sexual is what I imagine, but when I say 'something', I never bothered to figure out what it was. Didn't make any difference to me. More recently, in OctoberSimon described the song as "a bit of inscrutable doggerel ",  while the "radical priest" has been interpreted as a reference to Daniel Berrigan   who was featured on the Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon - Paul Simon of Time on January 25, near when the song was written.
The percussion sound in the song, unusual for American pop, was created with a cuicaa Brazilian friction drum instrument often used in samba music. InSimon released a video for the song to promote his greatest hits compilation Negotiations and Love Songs. Many of the children featured in the video were from that same school. It features an introduction by hip hop emcees and then-fellow Warner Bros. Main Source member Large Professor also makes a minor cameo towards the end.
It shows Simon playing basketball I - Nought - Nought stickball with the children, and it also features basketball player Spud Webbbaseball legend Mickey Mantleand football coach-commentator John Madden giving tips to young athletes.
The song appears in a montage in the Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon - Paul Simon The Royal Tenenbaums directed by filmmaker Wes Anderson.
Canadian musician Sam Roberts performed a shortened version of the song on the Kids' CBC program Mamma Yammaaltering some of the lyrics to fit the scene he was in. The song plays in the second episode of Saturday Night Liveduring a Weekend Update segment where Simon plays basketball.
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