i'm a bored boy born in the road
some say my manners ain't the best
some of my friends they've been in a whole lot of trouble
some say i'm no better than the rest
but tell your mama and your papa
sometimes good guys don't wear white
everyday i work hard
at night i spend a restless time
with all those rich kids and their lazy money
you can't hold a candle too long
but tell your mama and your papa
sometimes good guys don't wear white
good guys bad guys which is which?
the white collar worker or digger in the ditch
man who's to say who's the better man
of those two i do the best i can
you thought i had a dirty mind
all the messed up chicks all the changing times
white filth and easy living
you can't come come close to the love that i've given
but tell your mama and your papa
sometimes good guys don't wear white


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Good Guys (Don't Wear White) song meanings
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    General CommentHe's basically standing up for the working class or "blue collars". You don't have to wear a white collar to be respectable. The stereotypes are meaningless...it's the person you are, the choices you make and the way you live your life that determines whether or not you're a good guy or a bad guy. Do the best you can....and that's all you can do. That's my cheesy take on it anyways...
    Johnny Roscoeon October 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song, so cheerie, as opposed to like ALL of the other stuff they've done. The original 50s song is also worth to check out, definately entertaining.
    moe2000on May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"We were painfully honest -- we didn't shoplift, we didn't vandalize, we didn't spray-paint. We were just good kids. That was our whole joke: we don't *do* anything -- everyone hates us just because of the way we look." --- Ian MacKaye on the DCHC scene, Our Band Could Be Your Life
    shadowwiththeeyeson January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentClose, but not quite right. Try this on for size:

    I'm a poor boy born in a rut
    Some say my manners ain't the best
    Some of my friends they've been in a whole lot of trouble
    Some say I'm no better than the rest

    But tell your mama and your papa
    Sometimes good guys don't wear white

    Every day I work hard
    At night I spend a restless time
    Those rich kids and all their lazy money
    They can't hold a candle to mine

    Tell your mama and your papa
    Sometimes good guys don't wear white

    Good guys, bad guys which is which?
    The white collar worker or the digger in the ditch?
    Man, who's to say who's the better man?
    Of those two I do the best I can
    Best I can

    You thought I had a dirty mind
    All the messed up chicks all the changing times
    White filth and easy living
    You can't come come close to the love that I've given

    So tell your mama and your papa
    Sometimes good guys don't wear white
    mutuson August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song basically means that you can't base a person's merit on his looks or on first impressions.
    Pilaf1996on May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't take it that literally...after all, I've seen concert footage of Ian singing this song while wearing a white t shirt..haha
    Pilaf1996on June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm a bad guy and I where white so there you go
    hobophobeon October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*wear >:P
    hobophobeon October 08, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm a good guy. I don't wear white. Never have, never will.

    __________________________
    Listening to: Waiting Room - Fugazi
    ESKRockson June 01, 2008   Link

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