"Down Boys" as written by and Ric Ocasek....
You were tryin' to be cute
And it didn't work out
You were tryin' to be charming
And it didn't come off
You were tryin' to be clever
A big waste of time
You were tryin' to get rough
But you're waiting in line

You can't make it with the down boys
They don't hear a word you say
You can't make it with the down boys
Uh, just stay out of their way

You were trying to be sharp
But they couldn't wait
You were trying to be eternal
But uh that didn't rate
You were tryin' to be smooth
You're rough on the edges
You were tryin' to be hysterical
And I still ain't laughin'

You can't make it with the down boys
Uh they don't hear a word you say
You can't make it with the down boys
Just stay out of their way

You were tryin' to be in
But they left you out, ha
You were tryin' to be in
Two different worlds
You were tryin' to be in
Oscillation in shame
You were tryin' to be in
But you lost in the game

You can't make it with the down boys
They don't hear a word you say
You can't make it with the down boys
Uh just stay out of their way
Stay out of their way
Out of their way

You can't make it with the down boys
Uh they don't hear a word you say
You can't make it with the down boys
Just stay out of their way


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"Down Boys" as written by Ric Ocasek

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    My InterpretationPerhaps a short story on the second side of Panorama?

    Anyone notice that this song precedes "Misfit Kid?" "Down Boys" seems to parallel this song, as the person in this song is pretty much labeled a pretender by the "Down Boys":

    You were trying to be sharp
    But they couldn't wait
    You were trying to be eternal
    But that didn't rate
    You were trying to be smooth
    You're rough on the edges
    You were trying to be hysterical
    They didn't laugh

    The next song, "Misfit Kid" is when this person internally realizes and labels how he feels about himself.

    In the setting of the remaining songs on this "side" of the album, it sounds like the fictional "person" has finally quit pretending and is confident of himself, yet he is still contacting the girl who "wears those eyes," a shallow-minded woman. In this case, the person lets her know that SHE'LL have to find him (instead of the reverse), although it should be no problem to find him.
    lyricismon June 02, 2011   Link

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