"Tattooed Love Boys" as written by and Chrissie Hynde....
The mid twenty joys around a heart that's black and blue
Tattooed love boys
I tore my knees up getting to you
'Cause I needed
To find out what the thing was for
Been reading
But man the time came to explore

I went apewire 'cause I thought
Like I'd like it little tease
But I didn't mean it
But you mess with the goods doll, honey you gotta pay, yeah

A good time was guaranteed for one and all
The tattoos did target practice in the hall
While waiting for their number to get called out
I, I, I, I found out what the wait was about

I was a good time, yeah, I got pretty good
At changing tires upstairs bro
I shot my mouth off and you showed me what that hole was for

Now I see you
All impressed and half undressed
You got paint stick all over the scars and lumps and bumps
Tattooed love boys
Have got you where I used to lay
Well ha ha too bad, but you know what they say
"Stop snivellin', you're gonna make some plastic surgeon a rich man"

Oh, but the prestige and the glory
Another human interest story
You are that


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"Tattooed Love Boys" as written by Christine Hynde

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  • +1
    General CommentHm.
    Not too difficult to get the message in this song, and Love it ain't.
    Using (oral) sex acts to achieve acceptance into a group/gang perhaps?
    Major Valoron August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningShe was abducted in her early twenties by a biker gang of tattooed love boys, and forced to perform sex acts upon them. I think this is an autobiographical song. Read the lyrics again.
    Exiledonmainstreeton August 30, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdailymail.co.uk/news/article-3223003/…
    roxy102060on September 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish these lyrics were spaced via tempo...oh well.

    I think it's about any sort of sexual/teasing act rather than just oral. It basically about those girls that do 'certain' things just to get attention but dee down they are just insecure with themselves. So she was one of them, but now she see's someone else in that position.
    sixedhearton March 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti used to think "tore my knees up getting to you" (which is obvioiusly meaningless sex or paid sex over time) was directed at some guy she really wanted, but now i see it as chrissy is singing recounting what shes been through as a "party girl" or hooker which she went after when she was young, and insecure but now older/wiser and singing to a woman who was the tough "social manager of the establishment" and now i think chrissy is the older wiser manager of the establishment and the older chick is back "on her back" / lowered staus all pathetic and getting her nose rubbed in it by chrissy.
    bunnypawon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI personally see this song as being sung by a prostitute, about revenge on a former "client" that may have been a love interest at one point, and how the woman who sings the song becomes more and more sexually experienced. "Changing tires" obviously means condoms and partners, "target practice in the hall" meant clients who masturbated while they waited their turn? (maybe)

    I think her love interest winds up with some horrible STD like AIDS ("you got paint stick all over the scars and lumps and bumps") and she has made it out of that life and he will not.
    actionfrankdollon February 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think bunnypaw has it right.
    brigitte77on April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI don't think "you got paint stick all over the scars and lumps and bumps" means the guy has AIDS. It refers to the woman who is in the position Chrissie used to be in, being abused...I think you can figure the rest out.
    brigitte77on April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's a lot of rough sex imagery that pulls no punches, to me. "Changing tires" I found as interesting (I used to think it was "Chains and Tires? Upstairs, bro" meaning some real deviant strangeness, but I think I was off!)
    I think there's a story around it and a lot of the ideas that everyone's brought up are very good ones, but I don't think it gets nearly as specific as some of the ones I've read on here. "Stop sniveling - you're gonna make some plastic surgeon a rich man" just sounds like dominatrix threats as does references to "scars and the lumps and the bumps", though "Paint stick" isn't clear. Great song/lyrics!
    aiiiieeon August 26, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation1. The song was written pre-AIDS so the reference to bandages has nothing to do with that.
    2. I really don't think this song has anything to do with prostitution at all. I would say that "sixedheart" above is closest to the interpretation. Being used, finding personal and sexual power, and then seeing the tables turn.
    3. My assumption was always that the "changing tires" had something to do with changing rubbers (she is from Ohio, after all), or condoms.
    4. "Stop snivelling... plastic surgeon" I believe refers to stop crying or someone will thump you (i.e. rearrange your face). It's a fairly common expression in the UK.

    If you ever get a chance to see her do this song live, it's insane. Chrissie Hynde is truly amazing.
    stacyloweon September 19, 2014   Link

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