This short song obviously has its roots in the old nursery rhyme, but arrived in this form via an adaptation by subversive American poet and writer, Eve Merriam. When Leon came to write his lines, Simon had become a simple fellow - which is to say, an ordinary, trusting citizen - who believes the government to have the common good as its concern. When the actual truth is told to him by a government figure, he can't believe it. "Good" says the high man.
Version 1 (1981)