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Boychild – Boychild
Boychild – Boychild

When you’re powerless to act
You can always play the tough guy.
Think you taught him enough
Fear and failure?
With a pistol and a blade
And his little phial of crack now
He’s headed for the tender loving arms
Of the gaoler.
He’s been beat up, locked up and mocked
So why be acting shocked
To see
Your boychild be a badman?
Boychild be a badman.

Dreaming of the force,
Waking up in handcuffs,
Then back against the wall
Down there in gangland.
The things you do to live,
Who do you think should forgive them?
Down an alley round the corner
Taking orders.
Now you’re just one small fish
With a big shark’s arse to kiss,
Who whispers,
“Boychild, be my badman.
Boychild, be my badman.”
But I’d say, boychild,
Another one is on your side
And I’d say, boychild,
Don’t be a badman

Begging in the cells,
Bang him on the concrete
Then bounce him down the street
And back to mama.
You’ve got someone in mind
For the shell beneath your pillow
That murmurs in your ear,
“Your time is coming.”
Revenge is all he yearns
For the heart inside that burns
And turns
A boychild to a badman.
Boychild to a badman

Now he’s one wanted man,
One unwanted man.

Telly’s got the blues,
Man, you’re kind of famous.
You climbed up from crime
To murder.
Don’t you fuck with me –
Walking in slow motion,
Gun down in his waist
Good as any hard-on.
It just makes your spirit cry
Some mother’s son should die,
She’d lose
Her boychild to a badman.
Boychild to a badman.
But I’d say, boychild…

Stand up for the judge,
Down he goes for life now.
A little walk along the edge
Then bye-bye freedom.
In the belly of the beast
He lays him down to sleep now
And the words come loud and clear
And you’d best believe them.
Mercy, one thief cried
When long ago they crucified
Our good Lord like a badman.
Our good Lord like a badman.
But I’d say, boychild,
Another one is on your side.
I’d say, boychild,
Another one is on your side,
Another one is on your side,
Another one is on your side,
Boychild, boychild.


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