I just finished listening to Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," and I think they were trying to recruit her in the @CIA. (Thread)
The first stanza is appealing to her sense of religious duty. "And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know." It is a short walk there to "God Bless America" and the CIA.
The second stanza is the background check:
"We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files
We'd like to help you learn to help yourself"
Then they teach her spycraft:

"Hide it in the hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It's a little secret just the Robinson's affair
Most of all you've got to hide it from the kids"
Finally, I think the assignment is a hit job on a candidate. Her alibi will be that she was at home.

"Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates' debate"
Finally, they know she'll ultimately be caught.

"Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at this you lose"

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