"The Ordinary Boys" as written by and Steven Patrick/street Morrissey....
Ordinary boys, happy knowing nothing
Happy being no-one but themselves
Ordinary girls, supermarket clothes
Who think it's very clever to be cruel to you

For you were so different
You stood all alone
And you knew
That it had to be so
Avoiding ordinary boys
Happy going nowhere, just around here
In their rattling cars

Ordinary girls
Never seeing further
Than the cold, small streets
That trap them
But you were so different
You had to say no
When those empty fools
Tried to change you, and claim you
For the lair of their ordinary world

Where they feel so lucky
So lucky, so lucky
With their lives laid out before them
They are lucky
So lucky, so lucky
So lucky, so...

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"The Ordinary Boys" as written by Stephen Street Steven Morrissey

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    General Commentthis is the song that "The Ordinary Boys" took their name from, was it not?
    sambo28on September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt was indeed
    Moz1000on December 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHa. Love The Ordinary Boys.
    simelionon February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about how typical teenagers are and someone managing to stand out from the ordinary.
    AshesInTheSkyon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the last verse, is Morrissey really thinking they are lucky, or not?
    tonykon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about not wanting to do a simple 9-5 or live an "ordinary life"
    thisboyistocotronicon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTonyk (though I doubt you'll ever read this message), I'd say that he actually does think they're lucky in a way. Even though those ordinary people have repetative, unfulfilled lives, they are content with themselves because they don't know any better. The narrator is one of those people who just can't see life in that simple way - to survive and enjoy.
    buddha boyon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst the ordinary boys are total garbage....now that has been established...i think morrissey genuinely belives these 'ordinary boy' to be lucky....'with there lives laid out before them'.....in direct contrast to the feeling of uncertainity, insecurity morrissey feels i think he is genunily envious of them
    tabtom1on December 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply about the people it describes.. people who settle for being perfectly average, never straying far from their home town, with ordinary style and an ordinary life. It is something that has confused me too, but some people really seem happy to take the life that is laid out for them by their parents, society, their peers, etc and never really attempt to make anything of it. Just settling for being ordinary.. though he also seems to hint that really they might envy this person who is different, or at least attempt to conform him/her..
    kcsongbirdon April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentStory of my life this song, well, story of the people around these streets too. Also reminds me of the Maple State's - Wood And Rain (I know it should be the other way around, but I only just picked up Viva Hate, despite being a Morrissey/Smiths fan for years)...

    "I haven't been blessed with a simple mind,
    I can never be sure of anything"
    thedansteron May 21, 2007   Link

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