What do the lyrics to the simon and garfunkel song “Mrs Robinson” mean?
To be honest, as with most songs, it means very little. The name Mrs. Robinson was chosen over other options after reps from the film “The Graduate” asked them to provide the song as part of the soundtrack for their movie (which has a female lead named Mrs. Robinson). The first verse seems to speak to a lady who is a little off-kilter and possibly being admitted to a psych ward or old-people’s home. Note the lines referring to an interview (“we’d like to know a little bit about you for our files”) and possible admission to a mental institute or retirement home (“look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes/stroll around the grounds until you feel at home”) and her inability to care for herself in her current state (“we’d like to help you learn to help yourself”). The second verse alludes to an old family secret or skeleton in the closet. References to hiding the secret away (“Hide in the hiding place where no one ever goes/put it in your pantry with your cupcakes”) seem to sprinkle