Who Sang When I Was a Boy? Dar Williams feat. Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin Many Great Companions cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2010-10-12
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
length: 5:18
guest guitar: Patty Larkin
Some other versions of "When I Was a Boy"

I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand
I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check.
I learned to fly, I learned to fight
I lived a whole life in one night
We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck.
And I remember that night
When I'm leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.
When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom,
Climbed what I could climb upon
And I don't know how I survived,
I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew.
And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike
Riding topless, yeah, I never cared who saw.
My neighbor come outside to say, "Get your shirt,"
I said "No way, it's the last time I'm not breaking any law."
And now I'm in a clothing store, and the sign says less is more
More that's tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me
That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat

When I was a boy, see that picture? That was me
Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees
And I know things have gotta change,
They got pills to sell, they've got implants to put in, they've got implants to remove
But I am not forgetting
That I was a boy too

And like the woods where I would creep, it's a secret I can keep
Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard
I've had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds its way
To catching fire-flies out in the backyard.
And I tell the man I'm with about the other life I lived
And I say now you're top gun, I have lost and you have won
And he says, "Oh no, no, can't you see
When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked
And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.
And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do
And I have lost some kindness
But I was a girl too.
And you were just like me, and I was just like you.

CD 1
  • 1 Calling the Moon
  • 2 If I Wrote You
  • 3 Spring Street
  • 4 I'll Miss You
  • 5 The Christians and the Pagans
  • 6 What Do You Hear in These Sounds
  • 7 The One Who Knows
  • 8 The Babysitter's Here
  • 9 As Cool as I Am
  • 10 You Rise and Meet the Day
  • 11 Iowa
  • 12 When I Was a Boy
    CD 2
  • 1 It's Alright
  • 2 Are You Out There
  • 3 As Cool as I Am
  • 4 If I Wrote You
  • 5 February
  • 6 The Mercy of the Fallen
  • 7 The Easy Way
  • 8 The One Who Knows
  • 9 Teen for God
  • 10 After All
  • 11 Book of Love
  • 12 The Beauty of the Rain
  • 13 The Babysitter's Here
  • 14 Better Things
  • 15 Spring Street
  • 16 The Ocean
  • 17 Closer to Me
  • 18 Empire
  • 19 End of the Summer
  • 20 When I Was a Boy

  • Release information
    label: Razor & Tie
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 793018311229
    script: Latin