"Les Boys" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Les boys do cabaret
Les boys are glad to be gay
They're not afraid now
Disco bar in Germany
Les boys are glad to be
Upon parade now

Les boys got leather straps
Les boys got ss caps
But they got no gun now
Get dressed up get a little risque
Got to do a little s & m these days
It's all in fun now

Les boys come on again
For the high class whores
And the businessmen
Who drive in their Mercedes Benz
To a disco bar in old munchen

They get the jokes that the d.j. makes
They get nervous and they make mistakes
They're bad for business
Some tourist take a photograph
Les boys don't get one laugh
He says they're useless

Late at night when they're gone away
Les boys dream of jean genet
High heel shoes and a black beret
And the posters on the wall that say
Les boys do cabaret
Les boys are glad to be gay


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"Les Boys" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentAs explained by mark knopfler in an interview, he and the band were looking for somewhere to get food after one of there shows whilst in Germany. A hotel worker from where they were staying directed them up to an event at there club(disco) bar.

    This event happened to be a cabaret, and this song simply is marks story regarding these events!

    In no way is this song offensive, he is telling you that they are proud. Also this was the late 70's so things were slightly different back then which is why they may have found it amusing.

    Whilst not one of there better songs, I think its quite comical and catchy with some nice guitar playing from the man himself.
    gixxer6on March 08, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song was written after the Straits had performed at a club in Germany, and they'd seen this act. It's a simple bit of reporting on Knopfler's part - he used to be a journalist. It's amusing, but as usual with Knopfler, very perceptive, and slightly melancholy. It's certainly not one of my favourites, but I wouldn't call it stupid!
    guttion January 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you are offended by this you need to get a life......It is lighthearted commentary on the German club scene. The "Gay" is meant not in the homosexual way.....more in the literal happy way. They are playing a part he finds amusing in this world of crazy relationships, nothing more. The whole album is about relationships between people.

    Remove the big chip from your shoulder guymontag
    Dmaguireon September 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all, I doubt that the meaning of the word "gay" is supposed to be what it is mostly used for today.

    With that being said, I really have no idea what was this song supposed to be about, and the "ss caps" certainly only add to the confusion... :-/
    doccolinnion June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think yes, he uses gay in the "homosexual" sense, but I don't see where he's making fun of them. I think it's like a lighthearted pro gay song. I might be wrong, but I don't see how.
    ezetuwon January 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think yes, he uses gay in the "homosexual" sense, but I don't see where he's making fun of them. I think it's like a lighthearted pro gay song. I might be wrong, but I don't see how.
    ezetuwon January 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think yes, he uses gay in the "homosexual" sense, but I don't see where he's making fun of them. I think it's like a lighthearted pro gay song. I might be wrong, but I don't see how.
    ezetuwon January 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dońt believe the cabaret story. I don't but it. I'm a Dire Straits fan and I'm gay. Let's face it: Les Boys is a song about gays, not only german, all gays. It's a bit of a harsh comment, but true. As usual it's a vignette about life, with a bit of caustic humor. The fact that it sounds a bit silly is what makes it so good. It enhances the ridiculous side of this whole gay behavior. The lyrics point out the contradictions of this lifestyle, how artificial, and childish it can be, the bars, the S&M thing, the leather scene, the drag queens. It criticizes with the usual humor from this very intelligent man. I love the song and totally agree with it. I don't consider it homophobic af all. It is more of a wink. A warning with tenderness. If you are queer, you don't have to act like one. Act like the human being you are. Don' t get lost in this bad theater. That´s what it is. Under the SS regime, the gays were gassed. To put it in Germany was to show how risqué to wear the SS cap. Or for a man to dress like a woman . Or dress like a biker, or loose your life pumping iron to look like one. How futile! As usual, a song to make you think a bit. A sort of "where do you think you're going" with that? Great song.
    guy-paul10on March 05, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is the "boil on the backside" of what up until then was an excellent album. Silly.
    chrisb1on March 19, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentQuite a semi-offensive, silly song in an otherwise remarkable album. Reminds me of 'Little Girl' by the Beatles, which was a meh ending to a great album.
    chuckofalltradeson December 06, 2010   Link

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