"Glamour Boy" as written by and Cummings....
Glamour boy
Get your costume on, you got 'em lined up, waitin' for you
Glamour boy
You got 'em standin' in the aisles so don't hang 'em up

For twenty-five thousand dollars you can look like a woman tonight
For twenty-five thousand dollars I think it'll work out right
I think it'll work out, uh-huh
I think it'll work out
Oh, you never know how to write it
Think it'll work out

Glamour boy
You been tops for a while with a million-dollar smile
Glamour boy
You got rave reviews and you're front-page news

For thirty-seven thousand dollars you can look like your sister tonight
For thirty-seven thousand dollars I think it'll work out right
I think it'll work out, uh-huh
I think it'll work out
Oh, you never know how you'll write it
Think it'll work out

So spin with the archer now, and
Laugh in his face as he cocks his bow
Steal from his mistress
As she's makin' love to your family
And be aware, that there's not many there
Who want to take time to sing and play an honest song for the people no more
C'mon, take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight
Don't you want to take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight?

Ladies and gentlemen, a warm space-age welcome, if you will
For the most phenomenal group of the century
Ricky and The Balloons

Glamour boy
You really had your fill and it's all downhill
Glamour boy
You got tales to tell when you see your old friends

For forty-nine thousand dollars you can look like a woman tonight
For forty-nine thousand dollars I think it'll work out right
I think it'll work out, uh-hah
I think it'll work out
Oh, you never know how you'll write it
Think it'll work out

So spin with the archer now, and
Laugh in his face as he cocks his bow
Steal from his mistress
As she's makin' love to your family
And be aware, that there's not many there
Who want to take time to sing and play an honest song for the people no more
C'mon, c'mon, take time to sing and play an honest song for the people no more
Don't you want to take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight?
You can't fool 'em
Take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight
They're gettin' smarter
Take time to sing an honest song for the people tonight
Don't you want to try
And take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight?
C'mon and take time to sing and play an honest song for the people tonight


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"Glamour Boy" as written by Burton Cummings

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    General CommentAimed probably at Elton John and Gary Glitter. That whole glam scene.
    donutbanditon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Guess Who tried to use the cover picture on David Bowie's 1973 album "Aladdin Sane" with a circle around it saying "Not Just Another Pretty Body" in an ad campaign they were launching for this single. Needless to say, they didn't get away with it. In this case, I can't agree with the target choice. Bowie was not just a pretty body - he was a vaudevillian, a social commentator, a superb lyricist, a storyteller and a musical revolutionary wrapped into one. Still, I'm also a big fan of Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Clash and many other seminal punk bands. Bowie aside, glam was becoming somewhat oppressive in its entirety, and songs like this had to be written in order to pull rock 'n' roll back down to where it came from. Spectacle is great for a while. Then it becomes detached and disassociated, and leads to depression.

    P.S. Another fact in Bowie's defence was that, regardless of whether or not you dig his work, he always did whatever he was doing to perfection. It wasn't just throwing on some makeup and a dress. His performances were a work of art, akin to Cirque Du Soleil and its magnificent shows. Perhaps that's what this song is harping at - the costumes and sets that ate away so much of the artist/band's finances that they ended up living in cheap motels while they paid of their debts. In retrospect, it's all rather amusing.
    NellieWhiskeyon June 02, 2010   Link
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    MemoryI'm old enough to remember when this song was a hit around the summer of '73 and I can distinctly remember the DJ saying that the song's lyrics refered to the Alice Cooper tour, maybe from the year before, around the time the song was written. Alice Cooper was the principal American entry into the Glitter-Glam movement and of course he wore his hair long, as most did at that time, and he sported some quite noticeable makeup as well.
    I can't say for sure that the DJ's info was correct; maybe it was, maybe it wasn't But that's what I remember hearing.
    Mako5on March 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentRick Wakeman -keyboardist extraordaire- commented upon working with Bowie that he was the most musically-talented individual he had worked with.
    photoglyphon August 10, 2013   Link

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