"20th Century Boy" as written by and Marc Bolan....
Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good
Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' roll

I move like a cat, charge like a ram, sting like a bee
Babe I'm want to be your man

Well it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your boy
Your twentieth century toy

Friends says it's fine, friends says it's good
Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' roll

Fly like a plane, drive like a car, hold out your hand
Babe I'm want to be your man

Well it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your toy
Your twentieth century boy

Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy
Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy

Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy
Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy

Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good
Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' roll

I move like a cat, charge like a ram, sting like a bee
Babe I'm gonna be your man

But it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your toy
Your twentieth century boy

Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy
Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy

Twentieth century toy
I want to be your boy
Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy


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"20th Century Boy" as written by Marc Bolan

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    General CommentSpot on save for the mix up of a couple lines. It should read:

    20th Century TOY
    I wanna be your BOY.

    The last two lines printed are correct. Other than that minor mistake, all lyrics are correct.
    goghgoghgrrrlon August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you sure these lyrics are correct?
    Aniegaon August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdunno. i always thought they said "walk like a cat, talk like a rat, sting like a bee..." and "every body says its just like robin hood" at some point, but then again i too have been known for having, um, very original song lyric interpretations.
    halo26on February 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are spot on, it's your ears that are bad. listen to the song again.
    Talk like a rat? How does a rat talk? Charge like a ram works much better. (Espescially given all the sexual innuendo in the song)
    just like robin hood? What the hell??? Who are you, the sheriff of nottingham?
    bazmegon August 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbolans finest moment,a great aggressive rock/pop track played and sang like marc bolan really meant it
    sivillaon December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is one of the most brilliant songs ever. I mean, Placebo did a fantastic cover, but it's no T Rex (especially with that little orgasmic shout in the beginning).

    I believe that the lyrics are open to interpretation. His lyrics never made much sense anyway, so I think however you mean to sing it is how it's meant to be sung.
    IcarusIncarnateon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe 3rd line does mention Robin Hood! Its a great song,considering that after an ealy flourish(Ride a white swan,Get it on etc.)Bolan ran out of ideas for lyrics...infact I'd consider him to be one of the worst ever...real schoolboy stuff!(e.g.Metal Guru,Telegram Sam etc.etc.)
    oldfogeyon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt last! After all these years I find other people who hear "just like Robin Hood" in the lyric. I have been singing this line for years in a covers band I'm in, and I only discovered I might be wrong when I sang the song at a Karaoke, and the lyrics were on the screen. Whatever the rights or wrongs, I love the idea that Marc might just have sang "... Robin Hood". It kinda fits with Marc's lyrical outlook, as well as with the song in general. I also hear the line "... hold like a hand" instead of "...ball like a hound". And it definitely is "...talk like a rat"!
    ted-macon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMarc Bolan Is My Favourite SongWriter Of All Time.
    jbjamieblackon September 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's talk like a rat. Anyone who has listened to Bolan's songs as long as I have knows he says silly and odd things all the time.
    bolanguruon February 10, 2007   Link

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