BOY

Here he comes

setting his cap in the window

checking the way the older guys walk

the way they talk but

not too much

cos he’s a boy but

he’s gonna man up

Here he comes

lugging a sack down Lamb Street

wondering when will morning come

you’ve done all right son

there’s your pint son

and a girl

to dream on

AND SOMETIMES IT’S SO COLD

BUT IT IS NEVER LONELY

WITH YOUR HANDS ON THE TOOLS

AS YOU LEARN HOW TO USE THEM

STEADY AS YOU GO

READY TO STEP OUT

Here he comes

swinging his bag down the road

walking on walls walking on air

he gets knocked down but

he don’t care

cos he’s a boy and he’s

going somewhere

AND SOMETIMES IT’S SO COLD

AND SOMETIMES IT’S SO LONELY

WHEN YOU HAVEN’T GOT THE TOOLS

AND YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT THEM

BUT SOMETHING DRIVES YOU ON

COS YOU STILL GOT SOMEONE

TO PIN ON YOUR WALL

Here he comes

ten apples up on top

passing every test

he’s got one eye

over your shoulder

and he’s gonna get harder (and harder)

as he gets older

YET OFTEN IT’S SO COLD

AND OFTEN IT’S SO LONELY

WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR NEW TOOLS

AND YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT THEM

OR WHAT IT IS THAT DRIVES YOU ON

WHEN THERE’S NO ONE LEFT

TO PIN ON YOUR WALL

Cos the deal

the deal is broken

(heaven doesn’t love you any more)

and the girls the girls the girls

the girls have woken

(& they’re swinging your bags down the hall)

and yes you know

these are the tokens

but you need a place

to be yourself

yeah you need a place

to be yourself

and there is a place

where you can be yourself

and you don’t have to put down

anybody else

Here he comes

he just wants to leave his mark

cortIsone coursing through his veins veins veins

in Upton Park

give him an ogre, give him a cause

cos he’s a boy

and that’s okay

yeah he’s a boy

and that’s okay

(don’t be afraid of the girls)

you can be a boy

and not be afraid of the girls…

WK 20.11.18

BOY

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