“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed Review of Cognitive Tempo of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, shows 2 Speeds, 100s of Rhythms – average tempo=183 1/3 bpm

by blasphemy on 06-11-2006 @ 08:17:43 AM
I’m not entirely sure about the meaning of this song, but it sounds to me like they are talking about alcoholism or drug use and going to rehab.

by Deladeus on 06-27-2006 @ 06:43:26 PM
I’m not quite sure what I think about the lyrics of this song. I am caught between thinking it’s about some kind of addiction and thinking that its a metaphor for the lost innocence of the ’50’s. It fits both ways. Whichever idea you stand by you have to admit, it’s a great song.

by PEACE maker on 07-04-2006 @ 05:52:23 AM
mrs robinson was and older woman that seduced younger college men in an old movie called the graduate or something like that. i love this song it is deffinatly one of my all time favs. AUG 4th is mrs. robinson day.

by mryjane on 07-29-2006 @ 08:12:01 PM
This is only an opinion, but the meaning that I have extracted from this song is that Mrs. Robinson has a family, she has had an affair with someone a lot younger than her. she gets around in search of her lost youth her want to feel younger. She needs forgiveness (Jesus loves you more than you will know / heaven holds a place for those who pray)
Her husband is aware of what is going on, but realizes that she needs some help (just the robinsons affair /most of all you have to keep it from the kids) Mrs. Robinson is a very confused woman with a lot of secrets(hide it in your pantry with your cupcakes)

Just my opinion……everyone is entitled to theirs 🙂

by Prisoner.I.Was on 09-04-2006 @ 03:17:34 PM
This song was actually called ‘Mrs Roosevelt’ but they changed it for the movie, hence why this is about being a mental institution.

by AnInvertedLove on 09-24-2006 @ 01:22:38 PM
I’m going with the social commentary interpretation of the song. It just doesn’t really fit too well with the Graduate or with some addiction problem for me. The Joe DiMaggio thing works much better as a metaphor for the picture perfect facade covering (or predating) the tumultuous reality.

by spicer1629 on 10-03-2006 @ 12:05:31 AM
Prisoner: yes this song was originally called Mrs Roosevelt, but only because it was actually written about Eleanor Roosevelt, but when the final version was recorded, it was changed to Mrs. Robinson to fit with the movie The Graduate. As for Joe DiMaggio: His name was used simply because it fit better than any other name (it had the correct number of syllables). Those lines were used to exemplify how the media alters and misrepresents how we percieve our heroes, especially since at the time presidential scandals appeared in the news quite often (a reference back to Eleanor Roosevelt, who is (in case you didn’t know) the wife of president Franklin D. Roosevelt). This song doesn’t actually have anything to do with the movie, other than the fact that it appeared in it.

by tranquilasadove on 10-18-2006 @ 08:26:12 AM
I’m not really sure what to say about the song being about Mrs. Roosevelt. In it’s own cotext, the song seems to be about the loss of innocence of the post-war traditions to the unstable times of the 1960’s. Joe Di Maggio represents the older, more wholesome times after World War II while Mrs. Robinson is an example of how the traditions have been perverted and ruined. For instance, rather than being a faithful wife and mother, she’s had an affair. Another instance of this is how she seems to not have an interest in Jesus and just what could be called “common decency”.

It’s a great song though. Really sums up the state of things. Quite insightful.

by Aikidog on 10-30-2006 @ 07:45:09 AM
I think even if this song was written about a Mrs. Roosevelt it still works very well.

You see if you remember in the movie, the guy and the girl escape on the bus. That was it. Now imagine for instance if they got married. Ol’ Mrs. Robinson would have gone nuts. The kids they mention in the song are not HER kids but her grandkids, who can never be told why Grandma is in mental institution. If you read it like that it makes PERFECT sense. Its sort of like a “what happened later” type of song…………….

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"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009



Meanspeed Summary
song title=”Mrs. Robinson”
performer=Simon & Garfunkel
composer=Paul Simon
Album=Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits
Recording Source=iTunes® by Apple®
Download hardware=Apple® iBook G4
Intellectual Rights=SONY® MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT INC., 1972
Size=3.6 MB
Bit Rate=128 kbps
Sample Rate=44.100 kHz
Volume=(-7.9 dB)
Profile=Low Complexity
FairPlay Version=2
Special Event=from Paul Simon’s soundtrack for the film “The Graduate”
Beats Calibrated=4,128
Beats per trial=688
Total Time Elapsed=2,027.13 seconds
Mean Time per Trial=225.237 seconds
average beat length=0.327 seconds
Average Standard Tempo/Mean speed=183.3 beats per minute

"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009

I had the idea to calibrate this song while I was, excuse the phrase, sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon. I was, as mentioned in the song, literally ‘going to a candidate’s debate’ with ubiquity in the mediasphere and the blogosphere – going full out, watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make compelling cases for themselves. I was also thinking about the past, making it all rose-colored and great, as the brain has a way of releasing most pain memory.

"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009

This is a tricky song, in terms of rhythm. I propose on the top that the speed of the beat be counted with eighth notes and not the usual quarter notes. Why is this ‘tricky’? Because the rhythm works on two speed levels. The more driving, pronounced rhythm is the faster, hard driving “du du du du du du, du du du du du, du du du du”s [sp] which open up the vocal as beat. Behind the hard driving 183.3 beats per minute is the half speed quarter note rhythm section groove, where bass drum and snare drum notes are literally playing at half the speed of Paul Simon’s twice-as-fast acoustic guitar and Garfunkel’s similarly twice-as-fast “du du du du du du du du du du du du du du” [sp]s.

"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009

Playing with the rhythm of the speed as the verse turns into the bridge and then the chorus – though one woman’s bridge is another man’s chorus! – Paul Simon was an innovator that was to be seen in the songs of the Police and the ground breaking percussion composition of drummer Stewart Copeland.

“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009

Sting gets *complete* songwriting credit on some songs where Stewart’s drum compositions are more important, or at least *as* important as the guitar playing as that of an Andy “Andrew” Summers.

"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009

I was curious as to what the song *meant* – because if I posted the lyrics and pointed to where each beat comes by number, I would be breaking the law in front of the cyberworld and beyond, so I do not do that. I am not beyond checking out the supposedly legal sites out these that get the clandestine “Kevin” to send in the lyrics illegally, songmeanings.net illegally republished them for profit, and laugh in Paul Simon’s face. I’d love to see that team over their laugh to his *real* face – then again, they don’t seem the type that with whom Paul would spend any time talking.

"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 - radar type
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 – radar type
"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 - iTunes® by Apple® screen shot
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 – iTunes® by Apple® screen shot
"Mrs. Robinson" - Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 - iTunes® by Apple® software enabled
“Mrs. Robinson” – Meanspeed® Music Tempo Graph ® 2009 – iTunes® by Apple® software enabled

/Ian Andrew Schneider/

revised Friday, April 15, 2016

Author: Schneider

Recovering from 5 brain operations, savage subarachnoid aneurysm. Member of New York bar, May 1991-peresent. "Nothing can stop the man with right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude" - THOMAS JEFFERSON