This is by far the most explicit, raunchy song Paul Simon has written. Whilst songs such as The Boxer make reference to sex, it's never in a particularly erotic context.
Here, he's making excuses to get his girl round for a booty call. The second line was almost written as if it had an ellipses in the middle, "yes... we can play".
Both his parents would have been of serving age during World War II. Simon was indeed young during the war... But he would have been 4 when it ended, and far too young to carry a gun.
This is yet more white lies from Paul Simon, who is trying to impress the girl in the song by any means necessary.
Baby Driver was an unusual song for Paul Simon to write. It's a standoffish, almost braggadocio set of lyrics written alongside highly simplistic blues. The simple swagger of the music suits the song, though.
Here he begins bragging about the speed of his car, and is possibly using it to describe how he'll be speeding into the sunset if you ever cause him any trouble.
The last few words, "shine a light", twist a more typically optimistic and gentle Paul Simon lyric into more bragging - he wants the attention completely on himself.
An autobiographical first verse. Paul Simon is the son of Louis and Belle Simon. Louis was an academic and successful musician in his own right, playing upright bass in jazz bands and nourishing the young Paul's love for music.
When Simon & Garfunkel started out, it was he who helped Paul write his first songs out in proper notation.