The night sets softly
                         F    Dm
With the hush of falling le-e-eaves,
Casting shivering shadows
On the houses through the trees,
And the light from a street lamp
                       F    Dm
Paints a pattern on my wa-a-all,
Like the pieces of a puzzle
     Bb     C        Dm
Or a child's uneven scrawl

Up a narrow flight of stairs
In a narrow little room,
As I lie upon my bed
In the early evening gloom.
Impaled on my wall
My eyes can dimly see
The pattern of my life
And the puzzle that is me.

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

And the pattern still remains
On the wall where darkness fell,
And it's fitting that it should,
For in darknesss I must dwell.
Like the color of my skin,
Or the day that I grow old,
My life is made of patterns
That can scarcely be controlled.
Пол Саймон
"The Paul Simon Songbook", 1965