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 wanna be your man

Well it's plain to see
You were meant for me
Yeah, I'm your toy
Your 20th Century boy

Friends say it's fine
Friends say it's good
Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' roll
Fly like a plane
Drive like a car
Ball like a hound
Babe, I wanna be your man

20th Century boy
I wanna be your toy
20th Century boy
I wanna be your toy 

Friends say it's fine
Friends say it's good
Everbody says it's just like rock 'n' roll
I move like a cat
Charge like a ram
Sting like a bee
Babe, I wanna be your man

20th Century boy
I wanna be your toy
20th Century toy
I wanna be your boy


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20th Century Boy song meanings
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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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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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