"Brooklyn Boy" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
Brooklyn boy, born and raised, chopping lines
Hey hey, it's my birthday
It's a toy I torched, a tar pit flame, a lockjaw night
Hey hey, it's my birthday

Dead end friends that make your stomach shake
While your hissing head barrels down that blackened lane
Alone at last to figure how you got this way
Alone at last to figure how you got this way

Charcoal clouds spot and spray, they kill the sun
Hey hey, hear its back break
So I can never tell night from day
Or right from wrong,
Hey hey, you're my headache

Your silver tongue it masks your hungry hate
While your haggard heart whispers through its cracking cage
You still can change, you have to know, you still can change
I know, I know, for now I wanna be this way

This was a choice, this was never a mistake


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"Brooklyn Boy" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine

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    General Commenti believe its "brooklyn boy, born and raised, chopping lines" as in cocaine. i think this song is about how hes okay with the way he lives his despite his obvious problems with himself and other substances.
    splitintwoon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah splint in right about the lyrics
    roseparade8on September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe "it's my birthday" line may refer to getting cake on your birthday, or cocaine.
    Alcoholandironyon September 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe line is "chopping lines" as this song is mostly about the life of doing cocaine. The birthday part could just simpy be that it is about his birthday, as one likes to celebrate things you like to do on your birthday. As someone who has been into and now out of that way of life, i can understand what he is saying in this song. Almost every line has revilance to the lifestyle of cocaine.

    "this was a choice, this was never a mistake" means alot. Alot of people look down on someone who has dabbled in the drug lifestyle, but he points out that it wasn't a mistake that he fell upon that way of life, it was something he chose to do, something he doesn't regret. When you are in that state, and even when you are out of it, it was something you wanted at the time, it felt good at the time. For the time being, that was how you wanted your life to be.

    Looking back on the time i spent dealing with cocaine, this song fits alot that i felt. I lvoe kevin devine, he is incredible.
    singsurfloveon October 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfixed first line -justin

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    Iceon December 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"it's a toy I torched, a tarpit flame, a lockjaw night"

    black tar heroin is smoked on foil. if the chemical coating isn't burned off beforehand, it can cause lockjaw.
    tehwalruson May 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthmmm i just got this idea. maybe the "it's my birthday" line is talking about how on your birthday you get what you want. that sort of thing. like how you get to choose where you go. I guess the choice is cocaine. every time i listen to this song it gets better and better. brilliant.
    Antonskeyon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about doing coke and heroin on his birthday with his friends. And once they're gone, he's there left all alone and wondering about his friends and his lifestyle. He knows he's not leading any sort of glorious lifestyle (obviously, since he's getting drugged up on his bday), but he also feels that he has the ability to phase the whole thing out and better himself one day. One day, but for now it's all ok.

    "this was a choice, this was never a mistake"
    deadfinchon October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok, so yeah, it's about coke..but did you ever think that maybe it's simply his birthday? not every line has to be like, deeply poetic and symbolic...listen to it for what it is.
    deadendssson February 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyour silver tongue it masks your hungry hate
    while your haggard heart whispers through its cracking cage
    you still can change, you have to know, you still can change
    I know, I know, for now I wanna be this way


    haggard heart whispers through its cracking cage

    I think that means that he is starting to realize that his lifestyle is wrong and that he needs help... he is starting to be able to hear what he heart is truely saying, The cage around it is cracking away.

    When he says that knows that he can still change means that he knows he needs help but he is procrastinating getting help
    andrew813on April 18, 2008   Link

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