“You Can Call Me Al” is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his seventh studio album, Graceland (1986), released on Warner Bros. Records. Written by Simon, its lyrics follow an individual seemingly experiencing a midlife crisis. Its lyrics were partially inspired by Simon’s trip to South Africa and experience with its culture. Released in September 1986, “You Can Call Me Al” became one of Simon’s biggest solo hits, reaching the top five in seven countries.