"I Was A Boy" as written by Sarah Assbring, Perry Farrell, David Michael Navarro, Stephen Andrew Perkins and Eric Adam Avery....
Didn't you know
I was a boy
Before you came

I was a boy
Didn't you know
Before you came

Didn't you know
I was my own
Before you came

I was my own
Didn't you know
Before you came

I was a boy
I was a boy
Before you came

It didn't show
I was a boy
Before you came

I was a boy
It didn't show
Before you came

Yes I was a sire
Before the fire
Before your work

I was a boy
I was a boy
Then I was your girl

Yes I was a sire (I was undiscovered)
Before the fire
Before your work

I was a boy (My best friend was my brother)
I was a boy
Then I was your girl

I was born a sailor
Dream what I was made of

I was a boy
I was a boy
Before your work

I was born a soldier
The sea rolled past my shoulder
I ruled land and water
Unlike no one's daughter

I was a boy
I was a boy
Before your work

I was undiscovered
My best friend was my brother

I was a boy
I was a boy
Before your work

I was born a sailor
Dream what I was made of
I was born a soldier
The sea rolled past my shoulder
I ruled land and water
And my best friend was my brother


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"I Was a Boy" as written by Perry Farrell Sarah Assbring

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    Song MeaningFrom an interview:
    [I’m really interested in where the song ‘I Was A Boy’, off the new record, came from]

    "It came out of just being very much in love, and being very, very happy about being in love. You know, that very clear feeling of being loved, in all its totality, and how that – to me – kind of blurs out the significance of sex. I was recalling that feeling I had when I was a child, before I was aware of having or belonging to any sort of sex. I was very much like a boy when I was a kid; I didn’t care about what I was. I remember when belonging to a certain sex started to matter and how sad it made me feel. You know, like how many rights and possibilities it has taken away from me. So the song is really about social constructions of gender, and about how love makes you feel that it doesn’t really matter at all."

    I think the last sentence sums it up quite nicely!
    CommonDraperyon October 28, 2013   Link

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