"Little Boys" as written by and Devendra Banhart....
CHINESE CHILDREN

If I lived in China,
I'd have some Chinese children
If I lived in China,
I'd have some Chinese children
Well

LITTLE BOYS

Life is tough
And love is rough
For the men who just can't seem to ever get enough

The days go by
And the women come and go
So many that you decide to give in and (?)

So you don't have to hear
Them all disappear
You just sit and you wait
Staring at your empty plate
And you can say, I'm a lonely sailor

Rocking gently on my dream
'Cause I can have it all
But I don't want it all
And live like I never, ever, ever tried
I just never been fully satisfied

Just to tie a little shoelace
And to share a sleeping bag
And I look ahead to the day
When I look back at all the fun that I've had

But still, but still, but still

I see so many
Little boys I want to marry
I see plenty
Little kids I'll get to have

Even when the moon goes out
Even when the sea dries out

I still see so many
Little boys I want to marry
I'll see plenty
Little kids I'll get to have now

Even when the seas all freeze
And everything is lying underneath
And even when the sun ceases to shine
I won't care,
I'll still have all my mind

So many
Little boys I want to marry
I'll see plenty
Little kids I'll get to have now

Well, little child,
When I get my dreaming done
I'll hold my breath
And I'll wait for the day to come
Oh, little Billy,
Little Timmy,
Little Jimmy,
You're the one
I may not look it,
But I swear my heart is young

For so many
Little boys I want to marry
I see plenty
Little kids I'll get to have
I got many
Little boys I want to marry
I got plenty
Little kids I'll get to have


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"Little Boys" as written by Devendra Banhart

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  • +4
    General Commenthe's said in interviews that it's about a "schizophrenic hermaphrodite" he knows (don't see the connection at all, but ok).

    here's another quote from him about it though which makes me laugh:
    "I was with this guy from the band Bunny Brains and he was saying, 'I heard your record, man, it's gonna be in, like, Starbucks, whatever.' And I was like, man, I don't want it to be in Starbucks! I'm going to write a song that will 'guarantee' that it is not in Starbucks."
    TeNon November 12, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSomething that has only been mentioned thusfar in a cursory fashion is the overall surprise of the second part of this song due to the musical genre that DB is employing here. Motown as a musical genre has always concerned itself with love as a core thematic tenant, but that love has always been a heterosexually coded one, where the "man-crooner" spills his pained heart out to the (feminine) object of his affection or any listening bystander in the hopes of turning things around or at least getting a bit of sympathy/empathy.

    It's utterly brilliant what Devendra does here by lulling you into that tradition and then smashing it apart in one of the most hilarious and disturbing fashions possible. Great song with a lot of depth; musically, psychologically, lyrically...a lot of defiance and flouting of all kinds of "traditional decency" here.
    Hamderbeekon November 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTime Out New York asks the tough questions to the eccentric folkie...

    TONY: Your song "Little Boys" is about wanting to marry little boys...
    Devendra Banhart: Okay, let me explain myself. When we were recording the record, my friend said to me, "You know, man, they're going to play this record in Starbucks." And I said, "Well, I'm going to write a song that will guarantee that will never happen." Then that night we watched the movie Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys, about NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. At the same time, swimming in my head was the idea of a song about a schizophrenic hermaphrodite with the male and female physical characteristics in one body, but also the male and female psychologies in one body. So the first half of the song is from the male perspective, and then it switches, and the second half is from the female perspective.
    TONY: Aren't you worried about getting a reputation like Michael Jackson's?
    Devendra Banhart: You mean his reputation as the King of Pop? That would be great!
    Um, even without the song I don't think Starbucks would play it. Anyway, congrats TONY on being the first to compare DB to MJ.

    source: stereogum.com/archives/…
    meudwenon June 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnow i don't know what this is about... sounds a bit sinister.
    tigersroamfreeon November 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is pretty effing hilarious

    i heard he wrote it so that it this album wouldnt be played in starbucks, but who knows?
    missteenwordpoweron January 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love how people who know nothing about music or art think that every song, poem, piece of art is autobiographical. you can make a song from a perspective of a hermaphrodite who likes boys and women and NOT have it be about yourself. is it really that hard to understand?
    sortileguson April 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am not even going to really comment on the lyrics, as I think everything that can be said has been...but, I did want to comment on the tune itself. Several commenters have mentioned the 'fantastic motown beat' in the second half. It could be just me, but it sounds nearly exactly the same as the tune of 'I Will Follow Him' by Little Peggy March. She was a one-hit wonder back in the 50s or 60s, I believe, and was a young teenager when the song came out. Using a tune from a famous child singer, when combined with the lyrics about little boys...well, it almost makes sense, haha.
    velociroboton February 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese aren't the correct lyrics, are they?

    At first I thought this might be written from a female perspective, but now I don't know what to think.
    siameseon January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song explores what it might be like to be a pedophile. Kudos for the guts, but I don't think this is one of his better songs.
    emueyeson February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit suposed to be "So many that you decide to get rid of your front door"
    Ryan_Seitzon February 21, 2006   Link

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