English Boy (reprise) Lyrics

Pete Townshend


publisher: ©SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP
writers: Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend
album: Track 21 in album Psychoderelict
release date: 1993-7-15
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Classic Rock
length: 7:04

Cover Art

Pete Townshend Psychoderelict cover art
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I was an English boy
I was brought up right
You cold hold me down
And I would bite
I knew no fear
I served with joy
I was proud to be here
An English boy

You spray like a tomcat
Piss like a stray dog
Swear like a sailor
Speaking in gang tongues
Kicking in chorus
Stabbing to order
Slashing like a blind man
Lost like a soldier

I was an English boy
Precisely made
You could pin me down
I was not afraid
I showed no fear
I served with joy
I was so proud to be here
An English boy

Blurred like a movie
Grey under streetlights
Grey in the sunshine
Black on the tube line
Red on the touchline
Moving like a fever
Spreading like an oil slick
Thicker than a house brick

I was an English boy
I was brought up right
If you raised your dress
Then I would bite
My voice was clear
I had perfect poise
Was good to be down here
With all the English boys

And I don't know where I am now
Or where I'm going to go
I keep going round and round on the circle line
Like some demented kid of a fool in the mirror
Trying to avoid paying for my ticket
I'm a lost soul
I read about myself in the newspapers
I'm a pig
I'm a thug
I've got nowhere to go but down
Stand up when I'm talking to you boy
Stand up, stand up, stand up!

Slow like a prejudice
Broken like a hatred
Kicking at a dead man
Cut pieces to pieces
Marking your territory
Freezing the future
Stopping the stopwatch
I am despairing

I was an English boy
I was brought up right
You could hold me down
And I would bite
I knew no fear
I served with joy
I was proud to be here
An English boy

I was an English boy


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 English Boy
  • 2 Meher Baba M3
  • 3 Let's Get Pretentious
  • 4 Meher Baba M4 (Signal Box)
  • 5 Early Morning Dreams
  • 6 I Want That Thing
  • 7 Dialogue Introduction to "Outlive the Dinosaur"
  • 8 Outlive the Dinosaur
  • 9 Flame (demo)
  • 10 Now and Then
  • 11 I Am Afraid
  • 12 Don't Try to Make Me Real
  • 13 Dialogue Introduction to "Predictable"
  • 14 Predictable
  • 15 Flame
  • 16 Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi)
  • 17 Fake It
  • 18 Dialogue Introduction to "Now and Then (reprise)"
  • 19 Now and Then (reprise)
  • 20 Baba O'Riley (demo)
  • 21 English Boy (reprise)