"21st Century Boy" as written by and Willy Mason....
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He's just wanderin'
Got no place to go,
No place to go.
Don't nobody know,
Nobody knows him.
But he knows the world
And his paintings show all of it's charms.

When he plays the guitar
He don't need to be witty.
He takes all his sadness
Makes it sound so pretty.
People close their eyes when they listen.
Suffer the modern world with him.

He went to the doctor
Who gave him a prescription.
Gave him a prescription.
He lost all of his friends
Kept up his rhythm.
Kept his rhythm.
He picked up the guitar
Tells it everything his tongue can't say.
He picked up the guitar
And he tells it everything his tongue can't say.

When he plays the guitar
He don't need to be witty.
He takes all his sadness
Makes it sound so pretty.
People close their eyes when they listen.
Suffer the modern world with him.

He sees people walking by
With their skateboards in their eyes
And their clothes that say
“We're not alone.”
He sees the history in their face,
History that they can't erase.
It's to these lines
That he relates


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"21st Century Boy" as written by Willy Mason

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    General CommentI think this song is about a boy (possibly about Willy Mason himself?) who doesn't really understand or have peoples obsessions with things like the internet and mobile phones, he just enjoys the simple pleasures of music. Also, he is not really understood by the world around him, except when he plays his music because everything is simplified and he doesn't need to be anything that he's not in order to impress people.

    He picked up the guitar
    Tells it everything his tongue can’t say.

    I think that line is about the fact that he "lost all of his friends" and therefore has no one to talk to about his problems, he only has his guitar to turn to.

    This song is one of my favourite on the cd, it's an amazing song
    Miss_Miseryon August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Ms. Misery, for some reason though the guitar sounds sort of jazzy to me
    So Realon February 15, 2008   Link

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