Lyrics/chords to "Boy"

Boy

(Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson)

(Intro Riff - f a f c, f a f c, c e c g, c e c g...)
(Intro)
F C F C
&F C
Genocidal tendencies are silly to extreme
&F C C D
After all you're still quite small you don't know where you've been
&G A D
You was only swearing yesterday
& D G
Oh you want to win the world away
& A D C E
But now you got nothing to say-ay-ay
&A D
Boy you're getting out of hand
& E
You've got to make a stand
& A E
So put the coke away
&A D
Boy you got the do the show
& E
Got to let the people know
& A
You got the strength to stay
&A A/B A/C#
I can see you run
& A/C Bm
I can see you hide
& E
Oh your heart is aching
&A A/G# F#m Bm E
Lost in a dream of what might have been
&A A/B A/C#
You're the guide
& A/C Bm
You're the number one
& E
And your knees are shaking
&A A/G# F#m Bm E
Stand and deliver in an endless dream
(Riff)
&F C
Schizophrenic, photogenic, aggravates you so
&F;Oh the yes men
Have a guess man
&C C D
Watch the spirit go
&G A D
Batman zips the monster as he bleeds
& D G
And gets up on the buzz he needs
& A D
And a kid on the street just reads
& D C
and reads and reads and reads
& E E
and reads and reads and reads
&A D
Boy its them hard case city blues
& E
Cagney is the news
& A E
Does the giant ring a bell
&A D
Boy its the Hudson East river cruise
& E
Its the empire state of booze
& A
Oh you know the story well
&A A/B A/C#
Do you have to run
& A/C Bm
Do you have to hide
& E
There's a new tomorrow
&A A/G# F#m
Yes you're a mess
& Bm E
But you're more than less
&A A/B A/C#
When this battles won
& A/C Bm
You can look inside
& E
Oh you did not borrow
&A A/G# F#m
Yes you're the best
& Bm E
But you still can't rest
& Am
You know you know
& D G
The carnival is closed
& E Am
Your street's alive with ghosts
& D G
But a friend says don't look back
& E Am
Don't look back don't look round
& D G
Your vision is your fate
& E Am
Through long electric nights
&A/B C F
When a woman helps you write
& C
Na na na
& G
Na na na
&F;Na
& C
Na na na
& G
Na na na
(Riff)
&F C F C
&G A D
Cheer up mate put the dramas in the past
& D G
See you did not have to fast
&A D
Euphemism lasts and lasts and lasts
& D C E
And lasts and lasts and lasts
& E
And lasts and lasts
&A D
Boy if you've got an axe to grind
& E
Be thankful for this time
& A E
For it gives you what you need
&A D
Boy you've got an eighty-eight to play
& E
It'll tell you what to say
& A E
It'll tell you when to breathe
&A D
Boy take a turn back heading west
& E
Turn the people on to Beau Geste
& A E
Cause that's what you did the best
&A D
Boy play the pipes till they're old and worn
& E
Sing the words till they fall forlorn
& A E
Like the pieces of a jigsaw jet
&A D
Boy don't let the earth get in your face
& E
its a middle-aged displace
& A E
Its the middle-age the [...?]
&A D
Boy we're a million miles away
& E
And to think its so insane
& A E
Take a chance on a one way ride
&A D
Boy shoot a rocket clean out of your mind
& E
Oh these people ain't your kind
& A E
No they ain't your kind at all
&A D
Boy shoot a rocket clean out of your brain
& E
No these people ain't the same
& A E
You can hear another call
&A D
Boy the [other book?] starts with [no?]
& E
They don't show us how to grow
& A E
They only show us how to win
&A D
Boy the answers in the bicycle shed
& E
Ain't no answers now they're dead
& A E
To seek is a mortal sin
& A D E A E
Hey you know boy let your madness be the clue
&A D E A E fade

Notation

& denotes music (chords): C/G = C chord with G bass. Riff shows single notes.

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Transcribed by Greg Luker

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