"White Collar Boy" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea....
You're a white collar boy and you gave into the law
Give in to the pressure the cops gonna getcha
You were a thieving dog at work until they caught your little paw
Your wage won't stretch, to picking up checks
A custodial sentence you narrowly avoided
Community service you had to go along with
You're banging the rocks at the old city docks
Poor boy poor boy poor boy poor boy

You were chained to a girl that would kill you with a look
It's a nice way to die she's so easy on the eye
She said let's get away, but you played it by the book
You're a warden's pet, she's a screaming suffragette
We ain't in prison, we'll just finish up and go home?
She said, ?Not for me, I've got plans for later on?
So she belted the sarge and she jumped on a barge
You fell, you fell you fell you fell

White collar, got dirt in your pants
You got egg in your hair
You got spit in your chin
White collar, scared to be bored
Blue Collar, she's opening doors
White collar boy, on the run from the law

She said ?You ain't ugly, you can kiss me if you like?
Go ahead and kiss her, you don't know what you're missing
You said ?Baby, you're special,
But there's something not quite right.?
She's a Venus in flares and you wanna split hairs!
I am innocent, you are a rocket.
Things were ok till you took out the copper?
Leave me alone, and get used to the chains
You're a pain, a pain, a pain, a pain

White collar, got dirt in your pants
You got egg in your hair
You got spit in your chin
White collar, scared to be bored
Blue Collar, she's opening doors
White collar boy, on the run from the law


Lyrics submitted by madedge, edited by Mellow_Harsher, emilierein

"White Collar Boy" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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  • +1
    General Commentboring guy gets involved in some minor theft to pay the bills. he's caught but only sentenced to community service. where apparently he is shackled to a beautiful girl who is also serving. maybe not literally, but it's b&s. maybe he just gets attached to her. so when she makes a run for it, he follows. he ends up falling for her even though shes a crook(he doesn't want to split hairs). this is were it gets fuzzy.

    “I am innocent, you are a rocket.
    Things were ok till you took out the copper”
    Leave me alone, and get used to the chains

    are they talking about her killing a police officer aka cop. and then i guess he freaks out (leave me alone) and leaves her to her life of crime (get used to the chains)
    retoocson March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom belleandsebastian.com/… :

    From: Lizzy
    Q.So, last night I was listening to Velvet Underground and Nico, and this just randomly occured to me. Is the line "She's a Venus in flares" in White Collar Boy a reference to the song or book Venus in Furs? Seems like the kind of thing you might slip in, but it could just be a coincidence.

    A. The line always reminded me of an old 60's song, 'Venus in Blue Jeans' , I don't actually know.

    Stevie - 12/06/07
    laurelinwyntreon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe "things were ok until you took out a copper" are because she "she belted the sarge, she jumped on a barge"

    she hit the cop watching them and ran for it, and since they were tied together, he fell. She tries to get him to stop playing by the rules and live a little, and he's not having it.
    littlelover403on February 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI also think it's "spit in your gin". It definitely sounds like "in", not "on", hence gin and not chin. Gin goes with the whole white-collar thing, too.
    cellotapetoron May 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems like a sort of Bonnie and Clyde scenario, but with an unwilling Clyde.
    pumkinhedon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the "Venus in flares" bit is funny if you compare it to the velvet undergrounds venus in furs
    scotlandboyon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"She said “You ain’t ugly, you can kiss me if you like”
    Go ahead and kiss her, you don’t know what you’re missing"
    That part always makes me smile.
    Anyway, yeah, it seems like an upper class kid who falls for an edgy girl and finds himself in a situation where he's in trouble because of her.
    tackledspoonon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love that part too
    man on tvon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was "spit in your gin".
    Lucanioon March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion, although it's just mine and not yours,
    this song is all about how even in the toughest situations, even when you're at the bottom of the barrel, screwed beyond belief, you can always have fun. If you try to play it too straight line, or white collar as they say, you're just gonna' have an awful experience. However, if you embrace the situation, and decide to flee from the comfort of a straight line, you might just enjoy yourself.

    It's a cute moral, and the song itself is fun as hell. Belle & Sebastian continue to amaze me.
    hflevackon March 30, 2006   Link

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