"Birthday Boy" as written by and John Cooley....
Which one's the birthday boy?
(She said) I ain't got all night
What'd your momma name you?
You can call me what you like

Every skin is a mystery
Gotta make it hard somehow
Sit your narrow ass down, hotshot
I'll solve yours right now

Got a girlfriend, don't you, boy?
Nervous hands can't lie
Married men don't ask how much
Single ones ain't buying

One day you've got everything
Next day it's all broke
Let Miss Trixie sit up front
Let her wipe your nose

Working for the money like you got eight hands
Flat on your back under a mean old man
Just thinking happy thoughts and breathing deep

Between your momma's drive and daddy's belt
It don't take smarts to learn to tune out what hurts more than helps

The pretty girls from the smallest towns
Get remembered like storms and droughts
That old men talk about for years to come

I guess that's why they give us names
So a few old men can say
They saw us rain when we were young

Which one's the birthday boy?
(She said) I ain't got all night
What'd your momma name you?
You can call me what you like


Lyrics submitted by Kate2121, edited by zcowan, CJBlanton

"Birthday Boy" as written by John Cooley

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    General Commentyeah, I'll agree with Sonnyjd, only I think she's a stripper whose willing to go a little further for a bit more money. The only reason I think she's a stripper is the first line "which ones the birthday boy?" It suggests to me she's in a room with lots of (or maybe only a few) guys and she needs to know who she's stripping for... I guess she could be a hooker but I've got it in my head that she's a stripper and I'm happy with that.
    MarkCox11on April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell - it's a song about a prostitute (or maybe a 'dancer'), but told through the eyes of said girl. it's very unusual for a rock song to be sympathetic about such a subject. Basically she hates the job but her bad upbringing has left her with no choice but to do this.
    sonnyjdon October 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics seem to be off in the above.

    "Every skinny mystery, gotta make it hard somehow. Sit your narrow ass down hot shot, I'll solve yours right now."

    "thinking happy thoughts, and breathin' deep."

    "It don't take smarts to tune out what hurts more than helps."

    "I guess that's why they give us names. So a few old men can say they saw us reign when we were young."

    The "reign" usage seems to be a play on the storms and droughts lyrics.

    Also,

    For sure it's a stripper that'll do a little more for the right money, but she's resigned herself to the fact that's all she'll ever be due to her less than stellar upbringing.
    WeaselWheelieon September 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHave to agree with Weasel that the lyrics are off here, but like usual Cooley saves the best lines for the end (which are incorrect as listed above). It's about that girl who everyone thought was so promising when she was young, but life caught up to her. This is a somewhat recurrent theme in Cooley's songs. I love the comparison to young women beauties to storms that come through fast but leave a mark.

    "Pretty girls from the smallest towns, get remembered like storms and droughts that old men talk about for years to come
    I guess that's why they give us names, so a few old men can say they saw us rain/reign when we were young. "

    I also love that the last line starts the cycle over again, as the stripper/prostitute has moved on to the next customer - just highlighting the hopelessness of her life.
    Jaydoton March 12, 2012   Link

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