"The Boys Are Too Refined" as written by and Scott Michael/preven Cutler....
The boys who kiss and bite,
They are the brilliant ones who speak and write with silver luck.
They sing in clever tongues,
Oh how my knees go weak to be the one.
She kicks and bucks.

Always quick to follow.
The boys are too refined.
Won't matter tomorrow.
Oh, to be in his mind.
And if the timing is right to sneak off into the night,
I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill.
And if I'm given the chance to be a doll in his hands,
I will be sure we shake the mountains while we dance.

To daddy singing sweet, a lullaby to all his credit speak, his golden light.
To the edge with a car, he sent it off a cliff just for the spark,
to hell with why.

Always quick to follow.
The boys are too refined.
Won't matter tomorrow.
Oh, to be in his mind.
And if the timing is right to sneak off into the night,
I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill.
And if I'm given the chance to be a doll in his hands,
I will be sure we shake the mountains while we dance.

And if the timing is right to sneak off into the night,
I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill.
And if I'm given the chance to be a doll in his hands,
I will be sure we shake the mountains while we....
And if the timing is right to sneak off into the night,
I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill.
And if I'm given the chance to be a doll in his hands,
I will be sure we shake the mountains while we dance.


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"The Boys Are Too Refined" as written by Scott Michael/preven Cutler

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    General CommentLike most interpretations of songs, mine is about 90% projection and 10% textual clues, so bear with me.

    The narrator, who I'm not going to assume is Ms. Salpeter even if it probably is, really, really wants this guy who is brassy, ballsy and probably a terrible idea. She wants to be the new girl he's fucking, but she's not one of those biting, bucking girls (I warned you about the projection), even if she would really like to try it.

    The boys who kiss and bite
    They are the brilliant ones
    Who speak and write with silver luck
    They sing in clever tongues
    Oh, how my knees go weak to be the one
    She kicks and bucks

    She longs for something more dangerous and thrilling, I get the distinct sense of wanting to make a mistake, not just for the excitement that comes along with it, but even to have made the mistake itself.

    Also, thanks alexmce for showing where the inspiration for the song came from and for introducing me to a fantastic poem.
    topofthepianoon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly 4 songs into the album and I already know that this will be one of my favorite songs.

    *And if I'm given the chance
    to be a doll in his hands
    dontpanicdeannaon March 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI loooove this song :D!
    I've only heard the live version, though. I should've pre-ordered the album.
    Oh well, I'll get it tomorrow. Can't waitttt!
    nights-like-thison March 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd if the timing is right to sneak off into the night
    I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill

    Oh they speak truths
    killstaron March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't tell what this song means. i think she wants to make love to him, but he doesn't want to or something like that
    rainbowcaiton March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not positive, but the first time I heard it, I thought it was about her wanting to be in a romance where the guy is a writer or an artist, and uses her as his inspiration.
    "The boys are too refined" so my guess is she's wanting someone more spontaneous.
    But it doesn't sound like she wants a long relationship, it sounds like she'd rather just have the thrill of sneaking out with a guy.

    I don't know. That's just what I got.
    miss_compassionon March 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe doesn't want an official relationship with anyone; she just wants the thrill of...being single?? I agree with miss compassion.
    not_kelsteron March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Greta for this song. I had barely heard any of the other songs on their album and I knew this was my new favorite. My sister was all about Pretty. Odd. and listening to that and I would come inside singing this song and she thought I was sooo weird for not listening to That Green Gentlemen with her lol

    Anyway, my point is I love this song with a great passion, and I love The Hush Sound, woo =]
    kaitybug01on March 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on the new album! All of their sounds keep their typical quirky style, but this song to me comes closest to their past work with a great difference too. Piano is lovely in this songs.

    As for the meaning, pretty straight forward... besides the "to daddy singing sweet - a lullaby to his credit speak" stanza.. that throws me off a bit, but I have my theories...just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the song.
    Museicalinon April 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell.. maybe she's talking about her dad not being present in her life besides as a baby ("a lullaby to his credit speak") because it sounds like he left her or isn't around anymore ("to the edge with a car - he sent it off a cliff for a spark") and she can't depend/rationalize it ("to hell with why") which is maybe her way of explaining in this song why she's afraid/not looking for a long-term relationship and just a "thrill" type of thing........ um.. yeah?
    Museicalinon April 02, 2008   Link

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