"Boy Blue" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
Hey Boy Blue, can't you hear all
the noise.
It's for you, all the town's waiting
there.
Let us go, there's a show like you ain't
seen before
Welcome home, where you been all
these years,
Look around, all the crowd is in tears,
It's so good to see you in the streets
of your town.

Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.

I've seen bold knights, dropping
down like flies,
I've seen kings, rolling in the mire,
I've seen God, point the finger of
doom to our foes.
I have fought in the holiest wars,
I have smashed, some of the holiest jaws
I've been jailed, been impaled, and
been dragged through the world.
One thing, I have learned through
these years,
Is that no man, should be stricken
with fear
It should be that he walks with no
care in the world.
So my friends, who are gathered here
today,
Hear this clear, for I'll not further say,
That no man, shall cause me to take
up arms again.

Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.
Hey Boy Blue is back.



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"Boy Blue" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    Song MeaningWhen I met my future wife it was '76 and she turned me on the baddest band in Rock history the ELO. Years before the movie "Boogie Nights" came along she said that "Livin' Thing" was about hot passionate fornication, being the theme song of the movie confirmed that. We had all of the ELO's albums and often enjoyed their music getting stoned drifting off into the blue. Boy Blue was always special to me for it seemed there was something it made familiar in the scenario of my mind but I could never understand all of the lyrics no matter how hard I tried. But my sweet beautiful little wife said that song reminds her of me and what I was like when I returned from Vietnam where I had done 3 combat tours as a marine grunt. But I returned in '69 and did not meet her until '76. She knew what my night sweats and bad dreams were about and she was the one who "threw me down a line and stop me from drowning.."
    Today for the first time I saw the lyrics to Boy Blue in it's Civil War setting and it blew my mind! My wife didn't understand the lyrics to know that it was a strong anti war statement and neither did I but those last 2 verses any man whose suffered the misery and indignity of war knows how ignoble it is and would not wish it on any man friend or foe.
    My wife caught the reality of that song and it took me years to finally read the lyrics and I saw myself just as my wife did years ago. Now my Sangri La has gone away, she seem to drift out on the wind that came here somewhere softly from the blue....Jude's got a hurt I know...
    GALLANTGESTUREon November 28, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis album has several references to Arthurian literature. While this song doesn't have those specific references, it does deal with knights. It seems to be about a knight returning from a Crusade and deciding all that fighting and violence is no longer for him and he is putting down his sword for good. I get the impression that he is the head knight of his townand his return is anxiously awaited and the last two verses are his speech to the people of his town. From what little I know of the crusades, it is an understandable sentiment.
    dolfanon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis album has several references to Arthurian literature. While this song doesn't have those specific references, it does deal with knights. It seems to be about a knight returning from a Crusade and deciding all that fighting and violence is no longer for him and he is putting down his sword for good. I get the impression that he is the head knight of his townand his return is anxiously awaited and the last two verses are his speech to the people of his town. From what little I know of the crusades, it is an understandable sentiment.
    dolfanon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree completely with the interpretation above. It seems like the phrase "Hey Boy Blue is back!" signifies that the hero is very dear to the small town, which has seen him grow up there into a mighty man. Though less important than the meaning, I want to say how amazing the music is on this song. i particularly like the strings in the instrumental part between the two main stanzas/parts of the song.
    GrandZ13on March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have fought in the holiest wars
    I have smashed some on the holiest jaws
    I've been jailed, been impaled and been dragged through the world.

    BEST MEDIEVAL WAR DESCRIPTION EVER!!!
    nora mae19on November 28, 2015   Link

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