You Can Call Me Al

From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Simon

Paul Simon (arr. Jay Dawson)

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 1:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Arranger's Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Drum Set
  • Mark Tree
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

You Can Call Me Al is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Written by Simon, its lyrics follow an individual seemingly experiencing a midlife crisis. Its lyrics were partially inspired by Simon's trip to South Africa and experience with its culture. Released in September 1986, the song became one of Simon's biggest solo hits, reaching the top five in seven countries.

The names in the song came from an incident at a party that Simon went to with his then-wife Peggy Harper. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was attending the same party, mistakenly referred to Paul as "Al" and to Peggy as "Betty", inspiring Simon to write a song.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Simon, P.; Dawson, J.; Cockarell, C. (1986). You Can Call Me Al [score]. Hal Leonard: Winona, Minn.
  • You Can Call Me Al, Wikipedia Accessed 7 May 2021