"Young Offender" as written by and Tennant....
We've been around forever
Look at us now together
Ordering drinks at the bar

Saying hello to manfriends
Smiling across a friend's friends
Ordering drinks at the bar

To speak is a sin
You look first, then stare
And once in a while
A smile, if you dare

(Ta da da da da aah Ta da da da da)

We'll stand around forever
Regardless of time or weather
Ordering drinks at the bar

Looking for love, and getting
Nothing that's worth regretting
But wondering why we travel so far

To speak is a sin
You look first, then stare
And once in a while
A smile, if you dare

To speak is a sin
You'd better beware (aah)
But once in a while
A smile, if you dare (aah)

(Aah, Aah, Aah)

To speak is a sin
You look first, then stare
And once in a while
A smile, if you dare

To speak is a sin
You'd better beware (aah)
And once in a while
A smile, if you dare (oooh)

(Aaah Aaah Oooh)

(Aaahhh)



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    General CommentTo me, this is the deepest song that PSB ever produced. I can relate to this song as I am now a middle aged man who doesn't feel older than 20, but I no longer turn young men's heads.

    It's about a middle aged or older gay man in a bar or restaurant watching a handsome young man as he plays a video game (listen to the background noises to hear the video games being played).

    The older man carries on a conversation in his head with the younger man. He says the young man doesn't need money or depth to get what he "wants", whereas if the older man "wants" something, he would likely have to pay for it. In his mind's eye he's telling the young man that he imagines the young man can have any man he wants and yet he treats them with contempt and discards them when he's done. He speaks about the young man's "attitude" - his superior attitude because he's young and handsome. He remembers when he so foolishly did the same.

    He remembers what it was like to be young and be able to turn men down. He thinks that even though the young man has contempt for him or doesn't even know he exists, he would "do what you want if you want me enough". The older man would like to have a young man just so much as notice him now. He knows he could easily "put down my book and start falling in love" but acknowledges that young people today sleep around a lot more than he did because he says "or isn't that done?".

    He says, "I've been a teenager since before you were born" meaning he is at the very least 13 years older than the young man in question and probably older, but he reminds the young man that he's "younger than some", meaning he isn't as old as a lot of other men and he is defending himself, as he doesn't feel as old as he is.

    He yearns to not just "get in your way" but to "open [the boy's] eyes" to him, even though the boy doesn't notice him. He thinks the boy would be pleasantly surprised.

    Alas, he acknowledges that this conversation is all in his head, as the young man continues to play the video games and the man doesn't even know how to play them.

    The chorus reminds us that this is a conversation in the man's head and that he knows that this young man (and all young men) seem to look right through him and are completely unaware of his existence.

    It's a very sad song, all in all. Of course it's a very sad state of affairs just getting older if you're gay.
    eddiesdadon October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitley about an older individual loving someone much younger.

    I absolutely love it!
    "How graceful your movements, how bitter your scorn
    I've been a teenager since before you were born"
    -Best lines of the whole song.
    =]
    Bilingual_Wenchon June 16, 2008   Link

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