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Watch Bill de Blasio Gamely Try to Sing Paul Simon…and Fail Spectacularly

Have you ever been put on the spot to sing the lyrics of a song you sorta kinda maybe knew? And all you could really do is sorta mumble and fake along until you got to the handful of words you knew> Well, that is what happened to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio this weekend.

With the NYC mayoral election fast approaching, de Blasio appeared at a Queens beer garden with Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY). At one point, as captured by Cheddar White House correspondent (and Mediaite alum) J.D. Durkin, de Blasio found himself up on stage with Crowley when the New York congressman grabbed a guitar and wanted the mayor to sign Paul Simon’s ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.’

And, bless de Blasio’s heart, he tried. He gamely tried. But to no avail. The best he could do was bop his head and then kinda parrot Crowly at the end of a verse.

What’s the lesson here? I guess don’t find yourself up on stage with a guitar-playing lawmaker who might suddenly put you in the uncomfortable situation of singing a song you don’t know.

Watch the clip above, via Durkin.

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