I find you with red tears in your eyes
I ask you what is your name
You offer no reply
Should I call a doctor
Before I fear you might be dead
But I just lay down beside you
And held your hand

I fell in love with you
Now you're my one, only one
'Cause all my life I've been so blue
But in that moment you fulfilled me

Now I'll tell all my friends
I fell in love with a dead boy
Now I'll tell my family
I wish you could have met him

Now I write letters to Australia
Now I throw bottles out to sea
I whisper the secret in the ground
No one's gonna take you away from me

I fell in love with a dead boy
Oh, such a beautiful boy
I fell in love with a dead boy
Oh, such a beautiful boy

Oh, such a beautiful boy
I'm asking
Are you a boy or a girl
Are you a boy or are you a girl
Are you a boy or are you a girl

Are you a boy
Are you a girl
Are you a boy
Are you a girl
Are you a boy
Are you a girl


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    General CommentThis song means so much to me. I'm in love with one of my best friends, and for a while, he and I were sort of dating. But he's a very damaged person, and it just causes him too much pain to be in a relationship. He told me he's basically dead inside. I'm also bipolar, so I'm constantly battling depression, and he's one of the only people in the world who makes me feel better. I want to take away the pain from him, and bring him back to life, but I don't know how.
    TerroristCakeson April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song means so much to me. I'm in love with one of my best friends, and for a while, he and I were sort of dating. But he's a very damaged person, and it just causes him too much pain to be in a relationship. He told me he's basically dead inside. I'm also bipolar, so I'm constantly battling depression, and he's one of the only people in the world who makes me feel better. I want to take away the pain from him, and bring him back to life, but I don't know how.
    TerroristCakeson April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ jade

    obviously this band plays deeply with transgender issues and emotions, when I first heard the song I assumed it was about a transgender person. Meaning the "boy" is dead, but the "girl" lives on?

    I could be wrong, thats just what I picked up anyway
    freaksgeekson September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw a video on YouTube, taken by an audience member, of Antony performing this song live. Antony introduced the song, saying that in the early nineties he was in love with a singer. The singer was hiv positive, and back in those days that was like having a "death sentence". They eventually broke up, but this situation was what prompted Antony to write this song.
    Symposeumon January 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAntony fell in love with a dead boy, and I fell in love with a gay man... well, at least his music ;)

    I think the "are you a girl" part is adding a slightly straight, or at least bisexual, spin to this gay song, since "beautiful" is generally applied only to men who have childlike, vulnerable faces that give them a somewhat feminine appearance, so it's like he's saying the boy was so beautiful he looked like a girl.

    This song kinda reminds of a guy I knew a couple of years ago who was one of my best friends but also had a huge crush on me. When I first met him, he was totally ostracized by cruel middle school society; he had almost no friends, and he was not a happy person ("I find you with tears in your eyes"); I wanted to be one less bully to him, so I made a serious effort to see through his awful reputation, really get to know him and eventually become one of his only good friends ("...held your hand").
    But life soon sent us separate ways, and I realized too late that I had similar feelings for him. I recently found out that he (unsuccessfully) attempted suicide, and I have reason to believe it had more than a little to do with me. Since our (geographical) separation (and after his suicide attempt), we have both hurt each other in various little ways, and I see now how much he has changed since we were friends. Even though he's still alive and I still miss him, he's as good as dead to me now because I know that even if we could be together again, it would be impossible to share again the friendship and trust we had before. Since I realized both my feelings for him and the growing invisible wall between us at around the same time , it's like I fell in love with a dead boy because he is no longer the boy I came to love: that boy no longer exists.
    Most of my close current friends know this story even though they never met him ("Now I'll tell all my friends/I fell in love with a dead boy"), and I wish my parents, who have prohibited me from talking to him, could have understood what a great guy he used to be ("Now I'll tell my family/I wish you could have met him"). Sometimes I think about things I should have said to him when I had the chance ("Now I throw bottles out to sea"), and I know I will never forget him ("No one's gonna take you away from me").

    Well, tmi... But this is a beautiful song nonetheless.
    I <3 Antony
    HiOnMusicon August 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's Antony's homage to Leigh Bowery.
    bartnon April 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentamazing song
    Contristoon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand amazing voice also...
    Selkison June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song means so much to me. I'm in love with one of my best friends, and for a while, he and I were sort of dating. But he's a very damaged person, and it just causes him too much pain to be in a relationship. He told me he's basically dead inside. I'm also bipolar, so I'm constantly battling depression, and he's one of the only people in the world who makes me feel better. I want to take away the pain from him, and bring him back to life, but I don't know how.
    TerroristCakeson April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh my god, that's exactly what this song means to me. by the letter. i'm in the exact same situation.
    Jvrson August 26, 2008   Link

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