Oh yeah you're pretty good looking for a girl
but your back is so broken
and this feeling's still gonna
linger on
until the year 2525 now
yeah you're pretty good looking for a girl
your eyes are wide open
but your thoughts have been stolen
by the boys
who took you out and bought you
everything you want now
yeah you're pretty good looking
for a girl
lots of people in this world
but I want to be your boy
to that thought is sounding
so absurd and I don't wanna
be your toy just 'cause you're pretty
good looking for a girl
my future's wide open
and this feeling's still gonna
be around
until I know everything I need to
know now
yeah you're pretty good looking
oh yeah for a girl


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    General Commenthere's a thought
    "you're pretty good looking for a girl"
    i think it means ok yes she's hot, but i think the "for a girl" is meaning perhaps that she is aware of what's going on around her, that she is intelligent, inquisitive and ambitious. this would be backed up by "your eyes are wide open". She is good AT looking.

    "But your thoughts have been stolen by the boys who took you out and bought you everything you want now"

    So even though she has all this great potential in her future she doesn't have/get to exploit it because guys will just give her everything she wants anyway so she wont develop her talents.

    She wont have to work for anything in her life. I don't know if jack sees this as good or bad but it seems that he is angry at himself for being like the other guys in that he will do stuff for her for nothing: "the thought sounds so absurd and i don't wanna be your toy."
    so he is angry that he is weak and feels a bit of a sucker
    (just like every other guy then)

    yeah so i don't think he finds guys more attractive.
    jackwhiteisgodon July 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"your eyes are wide open
    but your thoughts have been stolen
    by the boys"

    This could mean that she is a very intelligent woman but men dont like that and so they try to make her seem less competent than she really is or they just treat her like she is.
    Also they shower her with their love for her looks with material things and she has lived a life of luxury taken over by men rather herself.

    And I highly doubt 'your back is so broken" means that she has been pregnant a few times. I again DONT KNOW but I think it means that she has just been through a lot with men.

    "to that thought is sounding
    so absurd and I don't wanna"
    Jack wants her even though thousands of other men do to in his eyes so he feels like he is in the bandwagon.


    When he says "Your Pretty Good Looking For A Girl" I think he is maybe sick of girls who get everything they want because mostly of looks and hes not impressed with that. I feel this because in a lot of his other songs particularly "Its Hard To Be a Gentleman" he talks about how he thinks all women "need help climbing up a tree". So it sort of has a satirical meaning towards girls in general.
    PinUpLillianon March 26, 2009   Link
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    Song FactThe lyric "until the year 2525" is likely a reference to the one-hit wonder duo Zegar and Evans' 1969 number one single 'In The Year 2525.'

    Just thought it might be noteworthy, as The White Stripes seem to reference the 60s and 70s quite a bit in their music.
    terrycraigon October 05, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't he's gay. I think the speaker in the lyrics is a woman, like in the ones Meg sings. But Jack decided to sing this one himself.
    thoughtfulpunkon November 04, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTop Class Song
    JamesDon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not positive but wasn't this a Kinks song before?
    Emo_ezraliteon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's ironic that De Stijl starts with a song about feminism (You're Pretty Good Lookin' (For a Girl) ) and ends with a song about smackin' your wife around (Your Southern Can is Mine).
    Flyingtreemonkeyon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude its not femmenism, its macking.
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so wonderful, very funny too.
    ThePantyshoton April 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhirlwind Heat performs this song as well. (:
    doombunnehon June 17, 2003   Link

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