"One Foot Boy" as written by Michael Holbrook Penniman and Robert Berkeley Davis....
What's a matter
With going places?
Take that gross look off your faces
Empty loving makes me seasick
What you're here for, I don't need it

I'll say nothing on your microphone
Till you swear to take me home
There's a one foot boy eleven stone
He's sitting on my shoulder
I'm too scared to look away,
He comes here almost everyday
And everyday I push him off and tell him boy we're over

My oh my
I think my mind is gone
I'm left here wondering
Was I crazy all along?
What do I do?
Nothing left but pray
Gonna shoot somebody
Help me drive this craziness away
I'm happy on my own

One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!

Say you like me,
But not with changes?
Shut up and forget it
These are my faces
All these colors
That surround me
All these places
Only drown me

I'll say nothing on your microphone
Till you swear to take me home
There's a one foot boy eleven stone
He's sitting on my shoulder

I'm too scared to look away,
He comes here almost everyday
And everyday I push him off and tell him boy we're over

My oh my
I think my mind is gone
I'm left here wondering
Was I crazy all along?
What do I do?
Nothing left but pray
Gonna shoot somebody
Help me drive this craziness away
I'm happy on my own

I think my mind is gone
I'm left here wondering
Was I crazy all along?
What do I do?
Nothing left but pray
Gonna shoot somebody
Help me drive this craziness away
I'm happy on my own

What's a matter
With going places?
Take that gross look off your faces
Empty loving makes me seasick
What you here for, I don't need it

One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!

One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!
One foot boy!

Happy on my own


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"One Foot Boy" as written by Michael Holbrook Penniman Robert Berkeley Davis

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  • +1
    General Commentit is "one foot boy, eleven stone"
    stones are the british measurement for weight.
    11 stone equals 154 pounds.
    in the art booklet that comes with the cd, there is a newspaper with a personal ad that reads "1ft tall boy seeks sensitive partner with a comfortable shoulder. Short but makes up for it in droves. Full of life and big appetite." which I think implies they are overweight, 1 foot tall and 11 stone/154 pounds would definitely be obese.
    but obviously it has another deeper meaning, which I can't seem to figure out at the moment.
    maybe it just means all his problems seem to weigh that heavily on his shoulders.
    amycaryson January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReally sweet melody. Contradicts with the lyrics, which is always nice. Reminds of Relax Take It Easy
    shimmer_n_roton September 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think One Foot Boy refers to his conscience, the fact that it weights 11 stones(154 pounds) means that lately, his conscience has beeing weighing him down.

    The first verse shows that he doesn't need the boy's opinion on his affairs. He knows he's done something wrong, but he just doesn't want to hear it.

    The next verses just show that he's kind of losing his mind and regretting pushing him out of "his shoulder" (like the angel and devil in your shoulder). (The boy = angel). And he's crazy and he's going to "shoot somebody" because he has lost his conscience. He's going insane, but at the same time he regrets throwing him away. WHich is why he says "Get lost" but he also says "rescue me".
    The whole "I'm happy on my own" is him trying to convince himself that he doesn't need that boy.
    hyperinactivityon March 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt sounds to me like "There's a one foot boy in every story sittin' on my shoulder" instead of eleven stone.
    tlv13wedon October 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song sooooo much. its been on repeat for a day. its so cute sounding and catchy. about his conscience, right?
    onekarmaon November 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSing nothing on your microphone --> I'll say nothing on a microphone
    Tell you straight take me home / dinner�s ready take me home --> untill you swear to take me home.


    I think one foot boy is that greedy part of him ,who want to be with superficial people, people who love cloth and glamour stuff,who like to go to luxurious places (empty loving)(all these color that surround me),these kind of people will not accept as you are,they'll try to change you ,and he wants to leave them "friends" ,and get rid of that part of him ,because when he's not with them he becomes himself and that made him happy (I'm happy on my own),he’s confused ,is he crazy for wanting to leave them or he was crazy form the beginning for wanting them.
    this album is about his teenage years.
    when he got rid of that part of him ,he became free he became himself a songwritter and a singer (I’ll say nothing on your microphone).
    blueyasmeenon December 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOne Foot Boy is a whimsical song about a dualistic metaphor taking place in his life.

    The one foot eleven stone boy is his growing sexual identity of which he hasn't fully integrated into his life and has begun to weigh down upon him. Instead of having both feet on the ground to keep him stable (sane), he's only got one. Or simply put: homosexual puberty.

    Another visual hint besides the booklet advert is the cover itself. The only One foot (tall, not single footed) obese boy would be the clown poster on the wall. Maybe a view of how "silly" or "trite" it all seemed now that he looks back on it? Or that he is to become a media clown/entertainer?

    Meanwhile, the advert in the newspaper is more like a "calling" of who he is to become from himself in the future. Thus the microphone metaphor gets thrown in, and whether he can fulfill his true "gift" or "talent". Kind of like asking himself, "should I sing about this, or is it just too simple and no one will care?" But he can't, yet...

    Thus, he's lacking "both feet on the ground". Making him a one foot boy. He's not referring to someone else. Nor a "character". Dr. John was similar in the sense that Dr. John was a bottle of Jack Daniels. Again, he's using a metaphor of his own conscious trying to grapple with whom he is becoming. Yet he still feels very small, using the height metaphor of only being one foot tall.

    But he's not quite there yet... making him only a one footed -BOY-. Not a -MAN- with "both of his feet on the ground". Wishing this duality would leave him be, or "happy on his own". Thus, never having to confront himself and accept who he is becoming (or growing up to be). Again, the clown visual appeals to the child, not the adult.



    My oh my. What to do... The strife of a media clown and the pain of puberty.
    0sm0sison July 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is about how everyone around him thinks there in love, but it's just silly love, and they should stop fooling around already and go find their life partner. Compare to Lover Boy, but it's more subtle.
    ILoveMIKAon October 09, 2012   Link

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