Traded your bucket and bruises for a bag of bones
And a wardrobe of excuses
You live too hard, you look too good
And you're in my backyard,
just like everybody said you would be.
Greased by imposters
Plastic at the crust
orbiting lighter
You'd gone too far if you could,
And you're in my backyard,
just like everybody said you would be.

So let's get wired, I feel weak
You make it look so easy, come on, come on freak.
You're a liar, I'm a thief
And this will get you through the day
we'll get on marvelously

It gets so crowded in an empty place
Two eyeballs for every face
Three bodies hanging up a transient soul
Six hands in the same hole
It gets so crowded in an empty place
Two eyes for every face
Three weary bodies hanging up one soul
Six hands in the same hole
Everybody said you would be

Greased by imposters
Plastic at the crust
And I'm orbiting lighter
You live too hard, you look too good
And you're in my backyard,
just like everybody said you would be

So let's get wired, I feel weak
You make it look so easy come on, come on
Let's get wired, I feel weak
You make it look so easy come on,come on freak
Let's get wired

Very nice work there James, done some very nice work
Just keep it brief, we'll get on marvelously

It's not even going to work I don't think
Just play it anyway

Beautiful boy what can I do? I told you, I told you
beatiful boy I know I never do what I want to...
I want to


Lyrics submitted by blinxbcr, edited by Rorym39

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    General Commenti always just thought it was emily singing both parts, cause her voice does go pretty deep, and if you listen really closely to eau du toillet when she sings "oh jesus sweet jesus, isn't this enough?" she sings in that same deep tone.
    gruesomexxon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe last two lines sound more like:
    "Very nice work there, James. Done some very nice work.
    Just keep it brief, we'll get on marvellously."

    Almost certain the last line is We'll get on marvellously, and I think she says it earlier in the song too.

    Instead of
    And this will get you
    If your baby gets down off, I'm listening

    it should be
    And this will get you through the day
    We'll get on marvellously.
    chameleonsatnighton December 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE when she says "It gets so crowded in an empty place"
    siliconyodaon October 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionShouldn't it be corporate ladder not 'orbiting ladder' whatever the heck that means? I interpret this song as 2 people having an affair but Emily is singing the song from the person outside of the relationships perspective.

    -Bee Hork
    colt311505on July 31, 2016   Link
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    General Commentthe ending is the best part!

    "beautiful boy, what can i do? i told you, i told you
    beautiful boy, i know i never do what i want to

    i want to..."

    it's recorded so poorly and is so short... but one of my favourite songs. well Freak isn't bad either. it's intro is so much more upbeat than the song is. it seems like the narrator (emily) is a little mean to this poor kid who's after her. the meaning of all the lyrics is pretty vague (especially the part no one can decipher)

    but Beautiful Boy is something i'd want sung to me.
    tinylittlewordson June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe (...) part should be "orbiting lighter."
    MadnessMethodon November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe ending is really pretty.
    dustybreezeon April 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a male singing in the background at times, who is that?
    lemondieon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was wondering that too!
    dustybreezeon May 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListening to all Emily Haines/Metric music it seems to me that Emily does all of her own back up singing. There is an occasional effort by Jimmy Shaw but not in this song. I think it's all Emily :) By the way, I think Emily is a lyrical and musical genius.
    Rorym39on March 31, 2015   Link

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