(by Paul Simon)

You've got the cool water
  when the fever runs high
You've got the look of love light in your eyes

And I was in crazy motion
  'til you calmed me down
It took a little time, but you calmed me down

    When something goes wrong
      I'm the first to admit it
    I'm the first to admit it
      but the last one to know

    When something goes right
      well, it's likely to lose me
    It's apt to confuse me
      because it's such an unusual sight

    Oh, I can't, I can't get used to something so right
      Something so right

They've got a wall in China
  It's a thousand miles long
To keep out the foreigners, they made it strong

And I've got a wall around me
  that you can't even see
It took a little time to get next to me

    When something goes wrong ...

	Some people never say the words "I love you"
	  It's not their style to be so bold
	Some people never say those words "I love you"
	  but like a child they're longing to be told

    When something goes wrong ...

recording: Paul Simon (1980, live) [YouTube]

recording: Paul Simon (1973, album) [YouTube]

background: Song history and songwriting process [American Songwriter]