"And I Was A Boy From School" as written by and Joseph/taylor Goddard....
And I was a boy from school
Helplessly helping all the rules
And there was a boy at school
Hopelessly wrestling all his fools
And there was a girl at school
Blaming all the words she learned from home
Nothing could keep her a child
Long hours don't you know we try

We try but we didn't have long
We try but we don't belong
We try but we didn't have long
We try but we don't belong

Now I meet you on the street
Harmlessly breaking rules, we meet
Lives are found and love's are lost
Say goodbye to nothing everything caused
Now I find you on my street
Breaking rules hopelessly we meet
Lives are found but love's are lost
Say goodbye to everything, nothing caused

We try but we didn't have long
We try but we don't belong
We try but we didn't have long
We try but we don't belong


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"And I Was a Boy from School" as written by Joseph Goddard Alexis Benjamin Taylor

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  • +2
    General CommentGrizzly Bear, does a niceeeee version of this, I love me some Ed Droste.
    AlinaBoatson February 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just had a thought and it may or may not be anthing. could it be from the perspective of a teacher seeing one of his/her students on the street, years after the students left school. the ex-student may have turned out to be a bit of a looser and its the teacher thinking to himself "we try but we didn't have long". i dunno. for me the song is slightly depressing. i dunno why.
    caramelprisoneron January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a lovely song, i got it off a friend of mine, its really nice.
    elbonoon July 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd i was a boy from school
    helplessly helping all the rules
    and there was a boy at school
    hopelessly wrestling all his fools
    and there was a girl at school
    blaming all the words she learned from home
    nothing could keep her a child
    long hours don't you know we try

    we try but we didn't have long
    we try but we don't belong
    we try but we didn't have long
    we try but we don't belong

    now i meet you on the street
    harmlessly breaking rules, we meet
    lives are found and love's are lost
    say goodbye to nothing everything caused
    now i find you on my street
    breaking rules hopelessly we meet
    lives are found but love's are lost
    say goodbye to everything, nothing caused

    i hope this is a little more clear.

    i beleve the song is about how the real important lessongs in life are not learned in school or in bookes, but only through living.
    paper bag writeron October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust another amazing song by hot chip
    kasabian-kingon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about alienation and not fitting in. Any teen feels that, especially at school. "We try, but we don't belong", and in the end our innocence is lost. It speaks to disaffection and rebellion in our lives. It's defeintely their most cerebral song. Great beat though.
    indie-YYYon January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love that Hot Chip just say whatever they like. That kind of un-selfconscious sincerity sets people free.

    Boy from School is just a gentle lovely song about someone reflecting on how complex it seemed, but infact turned out not to be.

    I like what bloc_party15 said.

    Hot Chip are very kool.
    Daneonfireon February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song!

    "now i found you on my street"

    is actually

    "now i found you on THE street"
    backyon April 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's also a piece of the song missing. this comes near the end and is repeated a few times:

    "i got, i got lost
    he said this was the way back"
    backyon April 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone else of the music from Bomberman Hero for the N64?
    TheSurgeonGeneralon May 01, 2008   Link

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