Sharp Notes Monday: “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor”

President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are meeting today to try to reach agreement on the debt ceiling and keep the country from defaulting on its debt.

The national debt is not a topic that lends itself to song, but Paul Simon did have a word or two to say about ceilings on his 1973 “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon” album.

“One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor” is the title to one of the tracks on the LP.  In the song, Simon explains that the line is “just apartment house rules.” Your ceiling is the floor to the apartment above you (and vice versa).

In a broader sense, the line could be about disagreements and people who view things differently, people such as Biden and McCarthy who must find a way to reconcile their differences on the nation’s debt.

While they negotiate, enjoy this week’s Sharp Notes Monday selection.

As part of our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media project, we share a song every Monday to start your week.

View previous Sharp Notes Monday selections.

Visit our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media page to learn more about the project and view videos of our presentations.

Categories: Jandoli Institute, Music and Social Justice, Sharp Notes Monday, Sharp Notes Sharp Thoughts


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