Mrs Robinson is a song written by Paul Simon on purpose as soundtrack of 1967 movie The Graduate.

A young Dustin Hoffman plays the role of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who is seduced by his neighbor, an older woman called Mrs  Robinson. Only later he will realize he actually is in love with her daughter,  Elaine.

Mrs Robinson is not pleased of the situation, and oppose the new relationship in any way.

The song

The song was later rerecorded by the duo Simon&Garfunkel and included in their 1968 album Bookends. Mrs Robinson is a woman fully representing the middle class, falsehood in relationships and a general apathy for life. The song initially was inspired by Mrs Roosvelt, then modified to fit movie’s plot. It’s a very much loved track by acoustic guitarists, especially folk/country style ones. Five chords that gradually lead to the chorus, very well harmonized and melodically important.

Simon & Garfunkel

The quote on Joe DiMaggio

A verse of the song was “dedicated” to Joe DiMaggio,

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…

It seems that the famous baseball player didn’t like it. Maybe, because of the plot of the movie, he believed there was some allusion to his love story with divine Marylin. Later Paul Simon wrote an open letter to the New York Times explaining that those verses were to honor a myth and not to sneak at it.

Frank Sinatra’s version

Less than one year after Mrs Robinson‘s single was released Frank Sinatra did a cover in his album My Way. Sinatra changed some words in the lyrics. In particular, he replaced Jesus with Jilly. This because the word Jesus caused some censorship to the song.¬†

Not to be misunderstood, he also removed the quote on DiMaggio, changing it into the famous “verse” Boo hoo hoo, woo woo woo woo.