"Golden Boys" as written by and Pat Smear Darby Crash....
Aimless, ain't got no where to go
All my thoughts have goneâ?¦
Ready?

Mother Mary had a son
Whose days were spent on having fun
And Monday he got a letter: â??you could make yourself feel betterâ??

Mother Mary had a man who healed with healing hands
Millions of boys lay dead

Mother Mary had a baby but he had his he'd never tasted
He hunted all the others then he hunted all his brothers

Mother Mary had a man who healed with healing hands
Millions of boys stay dead

Go-Go-Golden Boys
You've got your war toys
Looking straight on
And with your eyes of blue
I will remember you
One for me, one for you

Mother Mary baby, rock and roll
Rock and roll, you know I only want you for your rock and roll Mother Mary

Mother Mary had a man who healed with pleasing hands
Millions of boys stay dead

Go-Go-Golden Boys
You've got your war toys
Looking straight on
And with your eyes of blue
We'll do the old one two
One for me, one for you

1, 2, 3, GO!
Brother mother baby you're flipped out
You're over influenced
One day you will feel it
You'll make yourself feel better

Mother Mary had a man who healed with healing hands
Millions of boys stay dead
Millions of boys stay dead
Millions of boys stay dead


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"Golden Boys" as written by Michelle Bell Darby Crash

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    General Commentthis song was written about 30 years ago by Darby Crash and Pat Smear of the Germs.....this was NOT written by NOFX
    erik_shunon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on the new ep "Never trust a hippy." Dickies also cover this Pat Smear song. Good stuff.
    needles1976on March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song on fat Mike's podcast. I know that Mike didn't write it, but i'm left with the same question as Floyd, what does the song mean?
    stereo fanon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its a reference to the "Golden Bough" which is an old book written by some scottish guy back in the 1800's. The book had something to do with all religion having its roots in common, or something like that. Its just a play on words really
    combatbootson January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentinteresting thought combatboots, and it's true that the semetic religions all have the same origin (judaism and islam had a common origin, and christianity branched off from judaism). I think the song is about all the wars that have been waged in the name of god, but it's kinda vague.
    kjeskeon January 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's basically saying that jesus supposedly performed miraculous cures on people, but the millions of people who die in religious wars aren't cured by him, the wars are real.
    mrguy6on March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe "old one-two" is a reference to "the clockwork orange"
    it meant "sex" in the argot of that society
    hypernovaon November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI had a couple slightly different interpretations of the song than what I've seen so far... First, a slightly religious tone(from a basic knowledge of the Christian Bible...):
    I thought that 'golden boys' was a reference to how some Roman soldiers wore gold-colored armor, (or at least a gold-looking bronze...) thus 'you got your war toys' would be a reference to the Roman military... Also, I think that the lines about millions of boys staying dead was talking about how tons of babies were killed when the Romans had heard that baby Jesus was born, or something like that. Thus, 'millions of boys stay dead' could be talking about how Jesus came back in the bible, whereas the millions of [other] lives sacrificed in the name of religion won't be coming back.
    The bit about rock n roll could be referencing another event from the Bible, where Mary gets guards to roll the stone from the place where Jesus' body was contained...

    Or, if you consider the fact that NOFX isn't exactly your most religious band, then that first bit, after the intro seems like a clever allusion, using 'Mother Mary' as the mother of a soldier... Then, if you think of the soldier as a medic, he logically would heal people, and the letter that said 'you could make yourself feel better' was probably an army recruitment letter.
    KeineFXon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere is definitely a theme of religion and war but it IS difficult to decipher the exact meaning.
    kanoe13on July 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe Golden Boys....with blue eyes...represents the Chosen Warriors of Light, possibly angels of the end times
    psycodeqzon April 26, 2013   Link

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